Monday, December 2, 2013

Highlights of 2013

2013 was a very productive gardening year for me. I planted about 100 perennials, shrubs and trees, and oddly it still doesn't look like it made a dent in my vision. But I am very happy with my endeavors and I hope I will be as driven in 2014.

This is a look back at my garden through the seasons.

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16 comments:

  1. I do love a re-cap of an entire season going by. I like to see the evolution of the plants and how the whole garden changes . . . thanks for this tour of the seasons! I can relate to your lament about planting 100s of plants and it doesn't look like enough. At all. I am always amazed at how much "material" it takes to make any impact!

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    1. Laurrie, I will be planting more shrubs next year too. For the time being I am trying to grow from seed some cranberry viburnum that grow along one of the places I walk. If they germinate it could take 2 years. IF.

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  2. I remember some of the images. I think my favorite time in your garden is Fall. No winter photos? I always like my garden in winter piled with snow and loaded with colorful birds.

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    1. Funny, I didn't consider winter. I will rectify that by taking lots of winter pics this year.

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  3. Hi Patty
    You feel as if you didn't make a dent even though you planted over 100 new plants - that's because your property is huge!Tthe ones you did plant were lovely, as are all these pictures. Very very pretty.

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    1. Thanks Astrid. I left out all kinds of pictures and tried to just show the plants that had a good year.

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  4. You have a real mix of familiar and unfamiliar plants. Wild Columbine and Trumpet Honeysuckle are two of my favorites. You have a great selection of spring ephemerals, I am jealous of your Trillium.

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    1. I have a woodland garden Jason, for the most part. So spring ephemerals are my specialty, along with North American natives. The honeysuckle flowered right into November this year!

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  5. Your year overview is early, Patty. Don't you expect any highlights in december? I hope this doesn't mean that this is your last post this year.

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    1. Denise, no, I will post once more. As for December, it is not very interesting so far....

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  6. A lovely collection of photos from your garden year, loved the spring photos, makes me want the winter to hurry up so we can get the spring bulbs going soon! Not long before the snowdrops are here :-)

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    1. I did not add any bulbs this year, I thought about it too late. Most of my bulbs are tiny early spring bloomers, as you saw. My daffodils disappear one by one, year after year. Time to replenish them.

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  7. Beautiful post. So many of your spring blooms are very similar to mine. It's great to take a look back and reflect on the year's successes and highlights!

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    1. Yes, I have seen that we have similar preferences in plants, like our native ones.

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  8. 100 perennials is a ton of work and I am sure it is bound to pay off in the coming years. Already you have many interesting and unusual plants. The trilliums attracted my attention maybe because I am not at all sure the ones I planted took. The native columbine are so delicate and pretty along your path. I have only a few plants and would love to have more.

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    1. I have found the trilliums to be tricky. The ones that have done best came from friends gardens. The ones I ordered online do not do well at all. I have heard about rinsing all soil off bulbs to help them do better in garden soil. The columbine are all the wild columbine (canadensis) and self seed every year. Easy to move if necessary.

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