Thanks to Wellyman for the artistic use of crab apples!

Perhaps this isn’t the best way to start off a ‘Happy New Year’ post but I’ve never been much of a fan of New Year. For me it is the least enjoyable of all the holidays. I suppose I should see the start of a new year as an important, celebratory event but for some reason I don’t understand the party spirit regarding the occasion. Maybe it’s because the new year starts in the middle of winter with the month January and of all the months it really did draw the short straw.

I admire the enthusiasm some people show at this time of year. The ‘a chance to start again’ feeling, all those resolutions, diets, exercise regimes but very few of them even last beyond January. Is it any wonder though that the spurt of energy that will greet 2012 and every other New Year is fleeting when January is such a miserable month? For me January is a month to get through and any resolutions I have I start in March when the nights are getting lighter and I feel a genuine spring in my step. This way I stand a fair chance of actually achieving them.

My resolutions for 2012 are to finally sort out the problem areas of my garden and to visit a couple of gardens that have been on my wish list for several years now. Nothing spectacular but my garden was slightly neglected last year whilst I got to grips with the allotment so I think it deserves some attention. And of course, there is my gardening without plastic challenge which might be the most difficult, we shall see.

This autumn I made a few changes to a part of the garden where we had a tree removed so I’m looking forward to seeing how that will develop and look as the plants get established. But most of all I can’t wait to get back up to my allotment and get growing again.

I would like to thank everyone who reads my blog and those who leave comments it is much appreciated. For a self-confessed technophobe the whole blogging thing has been a bit of a revelation. I’ve enjoyed tremendously discovering a lovely group of people who share their passion, thoughts, stories and tips and who make gardening, which can be quite a solitary hobby/job feel less so. I look forward to reading more of your blogs and I hope you continue to enjoy my own.

Happy New Year to you all and may 2012 bring us great gardening weather and bumper crops. Best wishes, Wellywoman x