Panicum 'Shenandoah'

Panicum 'Shenandoah'

This morning there was a weird light in the sky, everything was frozen and still, no sounds. The sky seemed to hide under a thick grey duvet with just a golden rim at the end. Today’s the last day of the year and even though some people says that it only changes the date, it feels so different and magical to me. We have an opportunity to pause and look back and review our lives and ourselves and then we can decide what to keep or change.

Veronicastrum virginicum 'Album'

Veronicastrum virginicum 'Album'

I am not putting anything written here, things like I will be good next year and stuff like that… I’ve never been that good, 2012 isn’t the moment to start. Next year is full of expectations for me though: the rest of the garden will be outlined, the house will be painted, the windows for the first floor will finally be mounted (not that sure about this…), we could finally move the bedroom upstairs and start living in a proper house. I want more bulbs for 2012, more grasses, more veronicastrums, more heleniums and more irises. Oh and I want more gravel too, in the gravel garden, so the dogs won’t come in with muddy shoes. I’d like to see the pond finished, I want a little vegetable garden, and a meadow.

Rudbeckia triloba

Rudbeckia triloba

Somebody on telly said the Colosseum in Rome is falling apart. Apparently people is worried because it’s been forecasted that the day the Colosseum will fall apart, the entire World would too. And then there are Mayas… I start worrying too: will I ever see my windows mounted? And my garden without weeds? And the pond filled? Will I ever divide a big clump of crocosmia grown in my garden?

The grass garden

The grass garden

Aster 'Frozen... ehm...Blau Danube' seed heads

Aster 'Frozen... ehm...Blau Danube' seed heads

Whatever will be, will be. Meanwhile I wish you have a beautiful eve tonight and a very happy 2012 with your lives and gardens.

Pennisetum, verbena bonariensis and panicum 'Warrior' on the background

Pennisetum, verbena bonariensis and panicum 'Warrior' on the background

At the end of the day there are some little furry things which don’t care which day or year will be tomorrow, they only need some milk to eat…

Chico, Fiocco and Luna eating their 0km bio milk.

Chico, Fiocco and Luna eating their 0km bio milk.

…and some fingers to bite…

Fiocco playing with Ale's hand.

Fiocco playing with Ale's hand.

Happy New Year 2012 to everybody!

15 thoughts on “31-12-2011

  1. Hi Alberto,

    Amazing frost you have there! I don’t think it’s likely we’ll ever get something as spectacular here because it’s suburban.

    Happy New Year and I hope all your garden aims are achieved in 2012.

    p.s. can I have a meadow too???!!!!!!!

    • Can you have a meadow? I don’t know… I wrote a proper mail to Santa, you know, I did everything right to follow the procedure, you can’t just ask and have…

      Actually deep inside of me I hope my garden aims will never be achieved, I like having dreams and plans more than have things done. And then if I finish the garden I need to conquer some neighborhood soil to expand it… 😉

  2. Loving your frosty photos…especially the grasses garden. Good luck with your projects in 2012. May the New Year bring you peace, happiness and contentment.
    Happy New Year!

  3. Lovely post Alberto, I hope all your wishes come true in 2012, you’re going to be busy if they do !! Love the second photo, so many different contrasting textures and of course, the puppies – adorable! Happy gardening in 2012 !

    • Actually I love that view of the garden too. Funny thing is that I’ve planned the garden from a few different points of view but that. Chance. I love that veronicastrum and I want more and more next year, it’s such a beautiful plant from every point of view.
      Thanks for you comment.

  4. Dear Alberto
    This may be my favorite post ever on your blog– ethereal frozen images, wonderful words –I loved the ‘duvet sky’ and how we must decide, about our lives, what to keep and what to change–just like in a garden. You are a philosopher, with great heart. And such cuddly puppies. Oh I love their names! Onward now, and I wish you & Ale great joy in 2012! (Ignore any crumbling Coliseum and scary Mayans.)

    • You are too kind to me lately… really… that worries me. 🙂
      You like the puppies’ names? I don’t, really. But I’m happy with it because I’m doing everything I can not to love them (not sure this phrase is correct).

      Anyway, you made me notice that I didn’t check the spelling for MayaNs, and you are right. But please let me my Colosseum. 🙂

      Happy new year to you too, to Mr. Patience… hum… Mr O., to your scary collection of toys and obvious to dear old Tillie (she under Martinis already?)

  5. Happy New Year Alberto, I hope it fullfills your dreams, at least in the garden. I wouldn’t mind having so much frost if my garden looked like yours – it is stunning. Christina

    • Thanks Christina! Nothing’s growing nor blooming in the garden but everything’s changing day by day. I’m very pleased with it this year. Hope to develop the rest of the garden in 2012.

  6. I hope you accomplish everything you set out to do…and have hope…you’ll get your windows, I just know it! Love Veronicastrum, and I agree…you can never have too many of them. LOVE the frosty photos…so perfectly idyllic. Happy New Year!

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