Thursday, 20 December 2012

Summer Dreaming and Winter Solstice

My winter blues continue - this time of year affects my mood quite drastically - I am one of those people who need light - lots of it - so I look forward to the winter solstice - the turning of the year - when the daylight hours lengthen little by little - day by day.  The winter solstice was always celebrated by ancient peoples when the fear of starvation during the winter months was always close at hand. 

Looking back at my garden pictures over the last year has helped to lift my spirits - here are a few of my favourite photos.

12th June 2012 - Honesty, Sweet Rocket and Foxgloves
The garden was full to bursting in June after all the spring rains - I love the way everything is so prolific and jumbled together.

17th June 2012 - glorious abundance
June has got to be the best month in the garden - I love the overcrowded beds with purely accidental co-ordinated colours.

23rd June 2012 - the view from my kitchen window
9th July 2012
A collage of some of the years photos

I hope these photos have helped to lift your spirits too on a wet, gloomy winters day.  Roll on Spring.

12 comments:

  1. Such a welcome splash of colour on a dreary day. I was disappointed with our sweet rocket this year, but it was in the wrong place. I think I may sow more this spring to put somewhere else - it looks lovely with your foxgloves.

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    1. Sweet Rocket is just the opposite in my garden - it seeds itself everywhere - I have to be quite ruthless with it or it would take over.

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  2. Very little daylight this time of year. I always love March as Spring begins to give longer days and then there is the excitement of plants emerging from sleep. Your summer garden photos are lovely!

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    1. It didn't get light till 8 o'clock this morning - I can't bear it and wait for the longer days.

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  3. Dear elaine.. I join in with you on not having the sun. I miss it so much, and it does become miserable.
    However, christmas is upon us.. fires lit.. decorations finished and my family are arriving.
    The sky is a little clearer..i hope mr sun shows his face.
    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas.
    thank you for joining my blog..
    lots more to come 2013.
    and yes! roll on spring
    best wishes val

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    1. Thank you for your comments I enjoy reading them. I hope you have a very happy Christmas with your family - here's to next year.

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  4. It's lovely to see pictures of gardens full of flowers when it's so miserable outside. Like you I just feel like hibernating under my duvet and get very low at this time of year. Shame Spring doesn't last longer, it just seems to go from Winter to Summer too quickly! xx

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    1. You sound as fed up as I feel - I don't think it helps when you have a lousy summer - hopefully next year will be better weatherwise.

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  5. How lovely to see pictures from the year, your garden is so beautiful. I'm the same as you, I loathe the lack of light and can't wait for the days to lengthen.I love that callage. xxxxx

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    1. My garden was beautiful - it looks a right old mess at the moment - can't summon the energy to get out there and put it to rights. hey ho!

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  6. What a lovely finish to the year. Your garden looks so lush and beautiful Elaine! How nice it must be to look out your kitchen window and see the pretty cream rose tumbling down the wall.

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    1. I only hope I can get the same effect next year - here's hoping.

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