Thursday, 15 December 2016

Picture Perfect Project: The Final Post

Hi honeys
I'm sorry this post is late, it should of course have been published on the second Thursday of the month, that would've been last Thursday, but I had my dear and much loved Brother in Law visiting last week and I haven't been feeling very well at all this past week. The cold and damp is playing havoc with my arthritis I'm afraid. Enough of my moans though, on with today's huge post ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

The Picture Perfect Project December The Last Post

I feel really sad to be writing this final post in this wonderful series.  I've had so much fun taking part in this project, which challenged bloggers to take more photographs, improve their photography skills and in doing that, improve their blog too.  Thank you so much to the lovely ladies who hosted the Picture Perfect Project for letting me take part. It's been a joy.  

This project has left me with a wonderful record to treasure of a year in the life of our much loved garden.๐Ÿก  I'm so grateful for that honeys.  It's like having the past year stored inside a little time bubble to re-visit time and again.

I had been hoping to have some snow to show you, to bring our little project to a close.  A blanket of beautiful snow covering our garden, and we did actually have some snowfall recently.  It didn't last though I'm afraid.  It fell in late evening and by early next day it was gone.

I have a feeling the snow will, like last year, wait until the new year arrives and fall in January.  Last January our back garden looked like this...

Picture Perfect Project Jade is curious about the snow in the garden

I did say this was a huge post and it really is honeys ๐Ÿ˜Š  It's taken me a whole day (literally, I haven't gotten anything else done!) to make collages and pull all of these images together for you but you're worth it and I'm so looking forward to sharing ๐Ÿ’™

Why not grab a coffee, and maybe a cookie too, and join me back here in a few minutes?  OK? See you in a mo...

The Picture Perfect Project:


Let's jump right in then shall we honeys?


January


For the January post I showed the pretty snowfall in our front garden and compared it with similar photos taken during the previous Summer. Just like this photo of the rose shrub planted in memory of my sweet Gramma...
The Picture Perfect Project January Summer & Winter Roses
 

February


In February I snapped photos of some gorgeous, perfect Holly, the last of the year...

The Picture Perfect Project Last of the Scottish Holly

I was so happy with these images and still love them. I was blessed to catch the rain fall on the holly berries. I think there is nothing so perfectly beautiful as nature honeys. So much beauty around us all the time if we just slow down and take the time to notice.  That's what I've learned from this past year snapping away behind my camera.   


March


March saw the return of Spring and with it some much needed work in our garden.  

The Picture Perfect Project March The Garden Starts To Wake Up
The Roses began to grow, we planted more lavender, the peonies started to wake up and look for the sun to help them grow and on Mother's Day we went shopping and bought the perfect rose shrub to plant in memory of my dear Mother in Law.  We planted it exactly one week later not really expecting it to grow roses this year but oh my, it did! 


April


April brought so much activity!  What a difference a month, and lots of good Scottish rain, makes in the garden honeys ⚘

Picture Perfect Project April April Showers Bring May Flowers

It was a joy to watch all of the changes.  Every year I smile when I see my dear Gramma's peonies start to push their way through the top soil to say hello and it was so exciting to go out every morning to check for changes in the rose bushes in our tiny front garden.  Within weeks the rose bush we'd planted for Mum had started to grow tiny shoots! 


May


In May, almost lost in the gorgeous leaves of the peonies, we spotted it! The very first peony bud that would, soon enough, turn into a stunning, perfect, glorious peony!  

The Picture Perfect Project May The First Peony Bud Appears

Mums teeny, tiny, rose shrub grew leaves and the lavender we'd planted into a large pot in the back garden started to fill out and take over its pot...

The Picture Perfect Project May Roses & Growing Lavender

Last, but certainly not least, is this...

The Picture Perfect Project May Apple Blossom

There are no words for how much this darling little tree means to me.  It was starved of sunlight, because of the very large trees all around the lane at the back of our home, and has grown leaning to the side in search of sunlight. This has left our little apple tree looking more than a little crooked but I adore it. 

Every year there is the most gorgeous apple blossom and this year was no different, in spite of Hubby having cut its branches back.  I so love apple blossom honeys! This year our, in tree years, baby tree grew its first large two apples!  I was so excited to make apple crumbles from apples grown in our own garden for the first time.  Which I did in October, you can find the recipe here honeys x   


June



The Picture Perfect Project June It's All About The Roses

In June the peonies arrived! Mum's rose bush continued to spout leaves and even started to grow some tiny little roses buds!  I was beyond thrilled honeys.  I hadn't dared to hope for roses in its first year but this dear little shrub had certainly taken root and was positively thriving in our tiny front garden, so, maybe an actual rose?  


July


Such excitement in July!  Rosebuds!! Not only did rosebuds appear on Mum's rose shrub, six of them! but they started to show their colour too.  A beautiful shade of scarlet red.  Simply gorgeous...  

The Picture Perfect Project July Six Perfect Rosebuds

Meanwhile Gramma's beautiful rose bush, as always, grew its own perfect, beautiful flowers...
The Picture Perfect Project July Raindrops on Rose Petals

I so love the raindrops on this perfect rose honeys.  It was worth being rained on to catch it in its own tiny time bubble.

Remember I mentioned large, full sized apples growing in our garden this year?

The Picture Perfect Project July We Have Apples

Aren't they fabulous?  We checked on them every day and they got bigger and bigger until they eventually became perfect cooking apples. The tree is a Bramley apple tree, it's fruit is generally regarded as the perfect cooking apples and they so are.

Many years ago my dear Gramma had a Bramley apple tree and every year it was my job to make apple crumbles or apple pies and these were then taken around the neighbours.  I looked forward to it every year and I know for sure Gramma's neighbours did too ๐Ÿ˜„

The Picture Perfect Project July Massive Crop Of Blueberries

Blueberries! So many blueberries this year honeys!  We planted the blueberry shrub to be food for the birds who visit our garden and this year there was a bumper crop.  I'm thinking about planting another in the Spring if we can. 

August


August this year was, again, all about the roses ๐ŸŒน 

The Picture Perfect Project August Our Secret Rose

While clipping back the roses in our front garden I was surprised/delighted/very, very chuffed ๐Ÿ˜„ to discover the most perfect rose (above) hidden, growing all on its own.  Such joy!  Isn't it perfect?

Speaking of perfect.  Gramma's roses shone too in our tiny front garden...

The Picture Perfect Project August Perfect Roses

Remember those first, tiny rosebuds on Mum's rose bush honeys?  Look what happened to them...

The Picture Perfect Project August Mums Perfect Roses

What a spectacular, wonderful year it was for roses! I feel entirely spoiled ๐Ÿ˜


September


This past September will forever be remembered as the month we lost our beloved sycamore trees.

The Picture Perfect Project September The Month We Lost Our Sycamore Trees

Our local council hired a company who came and cut down the sycamores which lined the lane behind our house.  It really did break my heart honeys.  We choose this house partially because of those trees.  They've always made me feel safe in the sanctuary of our back garden. It doesn't feel safe anymore.  I know they'll grow back eventually but it'll be a while.  


October


October was the month Hubby took action in the garden! 

The Picture Perfect Project October New Fencing is Built In The Garden

For the past few years storms have caused such carnage in our back garden honeys, at times tearing our very tall fencing right out of the ground! 

In the hopes of avoiding the same kind of damage, and days of repairs in cold weather too, Hubby spent days taking the original fence down and replacing it with a lovely new one as well as painting it to protect against the elements. 

Didn't he do a great job honeys?  I'm so proud of him ♡ ♡ ♡ 


November


November.  I dread this time of year honeys, I really do.  By now the clocks will have just gone back an hour, vital in Scotland because otherwise it would be even darker than it usually is in the cold winter mornings making it dangerous for people to travel to work and especially so for children going to school.  

In Scotland it can be dark until after 9am and will get very dark again, not gradually, it's like someone flicks a light switch, before 4pm.  Seriously honeys, less than five hours of daylight is a dreadful state of affairs.  It's depressing, it drains me of energy while the cold and damp weather try to make my joints turn me into a human pretzel.  Goodness how depressing ๐Ÿ˜ฉ Enough Rosie moans! 

There were some smiles in the month honeys.  Jade started to swap through her new jackets to keep out the cold.  I know I'm her Mum and therefore just a little biased but I think they all make her look very chic ๐Ÿ˜ This is one of my favourites...

The Picture Perfect Project November Jade Gets A New Jacket

Her others are more practical with glow in the dark piping along the edges and lovely fleecey lining to keep her warm on walks. 

Then we had the last winter rose...
   
The Picture Perfect Project November The Last Winter Rose

And, as if the elements knew I was coming to the end of the wonderful Picture Perfect Project and wanted to let me catch some beautiful images, it started to snow...

The Picture Perfect Project November First Snow Of Winter

The image above was taken in the front garden while the image below was taken standing on the back step outside our back door...

The Picture Perfect Project November First Snows Of Winter

Isn't it beautiful?  It didn't last very long though honeys and by next day it had all melted away as if it had never been there.

The garden is sleeping now but I can't wait till Spring it wakes again.  Thank you so much for keeping me company on this probably far too long trip down memory lane through the past year in the life of our garden.  Thank you too to the lovely hosts of the Picture Perfect Project for allowing me to be part of their link up.  I've loved every single minute of it!
 
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The Picture Perfect Project was hosted by:


Courtney of Sweet Turtle Soup
Desiree of Macke Monologues
Elizabeth at Chasin' Mason
Stephanie at Wife Mommy Me
Whitney at Work It Mommy








Huggles always dear ones xx

Huggles Always Honeys Rosie xx
 

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