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The Twelve Days of Christmas

Today I’m joining my friend and gardening mentor, Diana of Elephant’s Eye for her annual Christmas Theme, The Twelve Days of Christmas! (I call it a theme rather than a meme, because Christmas is about so much more than just a blogging meme).

As Diana suggested, I’ve trawled through photo archives of the last 12 months and have chosen to express my Twelve Days of Christmas in photographs taken in my garden that depict highlights of the past gardening year. Photos are either of gardening moments that were special or particularly rewarding for me and in keeping with the theme, relate to the numbers one to twelve.

As my first “year as a gardener” draws to a close it has been fun and rewarding to go through all the photo archives and see just how far my little garden has come in the past twelve months. My photo essay for “The Twelve Days of Christmas” could also be called “The Twelve Months of Gardening …”

Each photograph relates (and is linked – see below) to a post done in the past year, except for numbers four and ten … these are related to a lengthy post I will be doing over the holidays, all about my latest “re-do” project. Do you see any differences? I’ve not shown the whole picture which is why the photos may not make sense just yet. All will be revealed soon, but I promise there really are “4 Jasmines creeping” and “10 Carex mounding”. You just can’t see them yet 🙂

On the Twelve Days of Christmas my Garden gave to me …

1. One Hadeda Ibis visiting
One Hadeda Ibis visiting

2. Two Bumble Bees buzzing
Two Bumble Bees

3. Three Fuchsias dancing
Three Fuschias dancing

4. Four Jasmine climbing
Four Jasmines climbing

5. Five Birds a bathing
Five Birds a bathing

6. Six per-fect Pistils
Six perfect Pistils

7. Seven fragrant Lavender
Seven Lavender loping

8. Eight Clivia blooming
8 Clivias flowering

9. Nine Colours mingling
9 Colours mingling

10. Ten Carex mounding
Ten Carex mounding

11. Eleven Daffodils glowing
Eleven Daffodils glowing

12. and Twelve perfect Roses for my vase!
Twelve Iceberg roses for the vase

On the Twelve days of Christmas my Garden gave to me …
One Hadeda Ibis a visiting
Two Bumble Bees a-Buzzing
Three Fuchsias dancing
Four Jasmines climbing
Five Birds a bathing
Six per-fect pistils
Seven frangrant Lavender
Eight Clivias flowering
Nine Colours mingling
Ten Carex mounding
Eleven Daffs a-glowing
and twelve Iceberg Roses for the Vase!

Merry Christmas and Happy Gardening

By Christine

Dominated by large trees on a medium sized property, my garden is very shaded. With no “full sun” areas I have to plant shade and partial shade loving plants. I love shrubs and flowers including camellias and azaleas but Roses and Irises are my favourite and getting these to thrive is a challenge …

23 replies on “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

That was no easy challenge but you’ve pulled it off beautifully, Christine! Well done! I love the birds bathing! And the white roses, and…ha, you get the idea! Very pretty! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

The high numbers are the hard ones. But you have already covered the whole twelve. How wonderful your garden looks. Making your mentor proud! It is a fun way to trawl photo archives, like a shaft of sun in the forest, catching the gems.

I would guess this is going to fly high on your stats, as one of your most popular posts?

AHHH!!!!! Wow!!!!! How AMAZING!!! THIS – my friend, this is my favourite post EVER!!
What a beautiful collection of photos AND each one painstakingly selected!
FAB! Love it! Well done 🙂

Totally love these spectacular photos! I especially love the shot with the two buzzing bees and the close-up shot of the pistils. The way that you captured your garden these past twelve months is especially beautiful. I hope to see some more of your future posts with a bunch of engaging pics. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful year of gardening!

I loved it Christine. All twelve days. The ibis had to be a treat to show up. All the photos show how much beauty you have in your garden. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Very nice Christine! My head hurts thinking about combing through my 2011 photos trying to find specific numbers of things. I think mine would end up being: “a few (something somethings), a few more (something somethings), here’s some (something somethings),” and so on. 🙂

haha, that’s the second time you made me laugh today 🙂

But yes, I hear you. I almost got to the point where I thought of lining up 9 “somethings” to photograph to make up the numbers … 11 and 12 were hard too 🙂

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