In my last wander through the garden gate for 2016 these empty branches stood out starkly in the lower light levels of a December sky.
However there is hope just around the corner with these primulas in flower - although something has been nibbling it's petals! This morning while spending a couple of hours gardening I discovered the buds of the Christmas rose and bulbs slowly emerging - such a welcome sight.
The mild winter so far, has allowed us to carry on picking mixed salad leaves and with lettuce growing in the greenhouse, it is still rare for us to buy lettuce from the shops.
We bought this Judas Tree (cercis siliquastrum) nearly two years ago, It really struggled until in desperation we cut it back and since then it has flourished. I love the shape of the leaves - they look just like little hearts hanging from the branches.
As it is the last visit to the garden this year and to add some colour to the post, just a reminder of the best times in the garden and the dream of new delights to come!
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Others taking part in through the garden gate are:-