Christmas at Beaulieu (HDYGG 134)

Christmas at Beaulieu
Christmas at Beaulieu

Here we are friends, the festive edition of How Does Your Garden Grow? <insert Ho Ho Ho’s here> As is the tradition this week we are sharing Christmas tree & festive posts (or the usual garden ones if you prefer) before having a break next week. 

Chez moi we will have two trees, one large artificial one in the kitchen (which I loathe) and one real one in the living room (which Al loathes). Marriage is all about compromise you know… Tradition is that the real tree is bought on the last day of school term so the children can come home and ‘start Christmas’  by decorating the tree with us. A symbolic ‘no more school’ and ‘no more blogging’ moment that signals a good 10 days of quality time all together. 

Christmas decorations in window

Christmas decorations in window

Christmas decorations in window

So being without a tree to show you I headed to local Beaulieu to immerse myself in their understated festive decorations. I really enjoyed this walk round for a few reasons; it’s even more beautiful than normal at this time of year, it was the only hour that day it wasn’t raining and I used the ‘big lens’ on my new Nikon for the first time ever (and between you and me it’s flipping AMAZING to use).

Christmas at Beaulieu
Christmas at Beaulieu
Christmas at Beaulieu 
Christmas at Beaulieu 

Christmas tree

Christmas tree bokeh

Christmas tree

Christmas at Beaulieu 

Christmas at Beaulieu 

I popped into Patrick’s Patch, the learning garden, in the village too, it’s looking rather festive.

Christmas at Beaulieu 

Christmas at Beaulieu 
Christmas at Beaulieu 

rosehips

wooden rudolph

Gifts for reindeer who might be hungry mid-round-the-world-flight were sitting around the garden in pots.

gifts for reindeers

reindeer food

bird silhouette

bird silhouette

Christmas at Beaulieu 

Thanks to everyone who joined in last week, some faves include: Exciting allotment expansion news, some shared fails, the Beetle waterfall,  snowdrops and wonky-but-lovely parsnips.

HDYGG will be back on the 31st December, I for one will be sharing a  bit of a ‘look back over 2015’s HDYGG posts’ a sort of easy-to-manage ‘best bits’. There’ll be plenty of colour in there which will be exactly what I’ll be needing, nothing like the promise of Spring and photos of blossom to make me want to shake from the over-indulging festive-fug!

Mammsaurus HDYGG


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  • loving all that brick and amazing windows. how did i not get the memo? there is nothing christmas in my post. oooops. but then again, it sort of reflects my grinchy mood towards christmas this year. xx

  • So lovely and festive, and I just love your family tree tradition, what a great way to start the festivities. Hope you and yours have a most wonderful Christmas xx

  • Nothing festive from me this week but I have got my Christmas header on the blog! Seeing your photos I now want to rush off to Castleton in the Peak District as that’s the most Christmasy village I know round here. We have a real tree this year which is pot grown. It was supposed to go in front of the (non-working) fireplace but now we have put it into a proper pot we have found it is nearly 6ft tall! It’s now blocking out most of the television!

  • I’ll be along later to link up. Nothing festive from me I’m afraid as surely it’s still AGES to Christmas …. isn’t it??!! I’ve just popped home from working in a friend’s garden with Simon and will upload pictures from there later. More springtime than yuletime. Right, I’d best get back to work. A bientöt mes amies …

  • Some of your photos look like they are from Christmas past. I love how earthy all of these decorations are – definitely want some pinecone garlands to put in my living room next year. I feel all Christmassy now 🙂

  • Such a beautiful place, love the pictures, it looks so Christmassy in that perfect Box of Delights old fashioned way. Hope you all have a super Christmas xx

  • That looks like a beautiful place. I only put our tree upon Friday so haven’t managed to photograph anything yet, I have been trying hard to get a kitten out of the tree and to stop eating the lights 🙂 merry Christmas!

  • i may have mentioned this already but a real christmas tree in Dubai costs over £160 as it is imported from Canada, I’ve never had a real tree as an adult as i just remember the hassle as a child with my parents trying to stop it shedding it’s needles and how to dispose of it in the new year. One year they bought one with roots and planted it in the garden with every intention of digging it back up next year, it nearly broke their backs and we were converted to fake/plastic trees lol.
    Are those bluebells poking throughout the ground, geez the weather in the UK is rather strange at the moment, lets hope there is still plenty of spring flowers to photograph when spring arrives