by Janis on 29th December 2023 / 0 comments

And so, to sleep

Now we’ve arrived at the end of December and our garden is in full sleep mode, although a few climbing rose buds are not giving up quite yet.

The festive celebrations through our village have brought a smile to my face; it’s lovely this time of year to see the local children so excited about the arrival of Santa.

Throughout, the folk have come together to arrange gift parcels for the older adults and celebration packs for the children.

Also, this year, our local pub arranged some ‘Winter fest’ merriments with arts & crafts stalls, live music, and hot snacks. It was great to see the village pub so lively.


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What we’ve been up to in December

In the garden and on the website

To be perfectly honest, not too much has been undertaken in our garden for December.

I’ve been keeping an eye on our softwood cuttings that I have stored in our cold frame; I took them in early autumn, and they are doing really well. Hopefully, they’ll be established enough in spring, that I can plant them out.

A wilted red rose, glazed with a heavy frost in our garden during winter.
Last blooms on a climbing rose

I’m looking forward to the next few weeks to see if our snowdrop bulbs appear. They didn’t show their blooms last year, as I think I may have planted them too late, but fingers crossed.

Then, hopefully, from early spring, the mountain of bulbs I bought from J. Parker’s and planted in early November and late last year should start to appear.

I can’t wait.

Achievements for December

Let’s keep ticking those boxes

As mentioned, December has been extremely quiet in our garden, not just because it is all relatively dormant but also because we spent a week in Germany visiting the Christmas markets.

We visited the historic city of Trier, the wine city of Koblenz and our old favourite Cologne. If you’ve never visited a Christmas market in Germany, I urge you to; they are magical.

However, unfortunately, not only did we bring back Christmas decorations and sweet treats, but we also brought back an awful cold. Gary has had it for two weeks and is still suffering.

A frosty close-up of a holly bush in our garden
The holly in bloom
So, let’s see what we’ve managed to tick off for December.
Collected leaves from our many trees.

Keeping an eye on my softwood cuttings, which are over-wintering.

Clearing our patio pots, where our plants have finally died back.

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Lessons learnt & mistakes made

You live and learn
For once, I have not made any garden mistakes, yay, maybe because I haven’t really been in the garden.
Our sundial, complete with cobwebs, mounted on a stone plynth, after a heavy frost in winter
Frosty sundial

Our plans for the coming month

What’s on your to-do list?
Decided on the planting for our two front garden beds.

Continue to monitor our garden tasks on the RHS Planner; this online tool is so handy.

Clear the remainder of the patio pots where required.

Please let us know what you have planned in your garden this month; we’d love to know.

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