I haven’t joined in with Helen’s end of month view for the last few months of 2013 because the only view has been wet, the garden became a jungle of weeds and tough grasses, the rains started in mid August and as the rain and wind continued the garden has become mushy and the lower part of the garden has suffered some flooding, this is the third very, very wet winter, not the normal wet, I am very grateful I am not among those who have had their homes flooded, so that’s the view, infact as I look out the window as write I can see a very large black Olearia virgata, wind burnt from the storms,
now a review of the positive, what has been good and plans for 2014, as I have already said several times the best has been my venture into veg growing, I still am amazed to think the 3 raised beds at the back of the house (south facing) were only being installed this time last year, there is a forth prepared that still needs to be put in, I hope it will be put in and working this coming year, this photo was taken 29th December 2012,
in the large garden area, I’m pleased with the small area I started in the birch garden, it has been nice seeing some flowers there instead of endless grass and thick moss, although I didn’t get time to put a mulch on the species rose border, both rose borders have given pleasure, the tweenie and damp meadow were good until I went away at the end of August since when I have not been able to reclaim them from the weeds and grass, I loved all the oxeye daisies in the alder terrace and the yellow rattle has made a difference to the wildflower slope which was it’s best this year,
the front garden is divided into 4 beds by concrete paths, the little bed has been good and the middle bed is starting to look like a silver and grey bed again, the new border in the jungle bed has been good and I did manage to reclaim a bit more and get it planted but there is still a lot of jungle, as for the wilderness bed well it’s still a wilderness, I’ve decided that as the front garden is there at the front of the house and what I and anyone else sees coming or leaving the house I’m going to concentrate on it next year, 9 years ago in 2004 it was all done and lovely but then being away most of 2005 and being busy with work 2006/07, the grass and weeds reclaimed it then the rabbits arrived and ate more than half of the plants that survived, but of course the rabbits don’t touch the weeds and grass!! so 2014 it’s the priority after the veggies,
to help me get somewhere with the rest of the garden (the large areas) I’ve decided in Feb/March I will hire someone to cut and clear all the weedy/grassy areas I was not able to get cut this year and in some areas last year too, then at least I will have a bit of a start, I know those in areas of water shortage and summer droughts will think I’m mad but I am praying for a drought in 2014 like we had in 2012, please weather gods, pretty pleeeeease …….
thank you Helen for hosting this meme and I hope I will be able to join in more in 2014, if you would like to see more end of month/year views please follow this link to visit Helen’s blog,
it’s interesting doing something like this and making yourself focus on the positive as you then see it wasn’t all disaster which is how it has been feeling since August,
wishing all my readers a very happy new year and all best wishes for 2014,