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This entry: 22 December 2017 by Tim Ingram

A New Year Resolution.

A record of the changing garden through the year.

This is a project conceived in part as a consequence of writing this Diary, but also from interaction with other gardeners on the Social Media. Plants are not static entities independant of one another and environment - hence the science of ecology. This applies equally to the garden as to the natural world, because even over relatively short time scales - decades - a garden becomes more than just a collection of plants and steadily assumes its own ecology (with the gardener's intervention). This part of our garden has become one of the most naturally appealing and we always clear it first in autumn and early winter for the progression of snowdrops and hellebores to come, and the woodland species that follow into spring.

My aim then is to record this area each week from the same vantage points throughout the year and post a series of pictures for each month to show how it changes. Winter and spring are the most aesthetically pleasing times and in summer and autumn, like woodlands themselves, it becomes more overgrown and left to itself. But the intention is to take this through the year and at times pick out plants of particular interest and new ideas of what to plant and what to curb. These are the first two images taken from opposite viewpoints at the most quiescent time, just as the shoots and buds of snowdrops and hellebores are beginning to emerge and the ground has been cleared of much of last year's leaves and dying shoots of perennials. 

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