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At the Bench

I haven't shared much about my garden this year.

It's been a tough year to be a gardener here in Michigan.  First, summer hit in March for a few weeks.  Then, it didn't rain for several months this summer.  And the temperatures were stifling for weeks on end.  The weather conditions were simply not conducive to planting or transplanting.  It was all I could do to just maintain the garden with minimal damage to my plants.

Things are looking a bit better now.  (This bed was a wasteland of curled brown leaves just a month ago.)

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But it's taking me a while to catch up with the weeds!  (Which, of course, are having a hey-day in these weather conditions.)

This was also my year to do some major bed-renovation in the garden -- some serious moving around and re-doing.  So much of my garden looks like this. . .

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In progress.  But really messy to look at!

So, this year, I turned to my garden bench for inspiration!

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When I couldn't hit the nurseries for new plants, or dig in the garden, or transplant perennials, I could have fun with small-scale gardening!

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For me, this year in the garden has been all about succulents!

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In containers. . .

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In hanging baskets. . .

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And in my wreath. . .

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Gardening with succulents has pulled me through an otherwise lackluster gardening season!

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I'm grateful for my time. . .

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at the bench!

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