Year in Review: On (and Off) the Needles
If Wishes Were Horses. . .

Year in Review: Playing in the Dirt

I have mixed feelings about reviewing my gardening in 2013.  On the one hand, it brings me a glimmer of joy and hope -- much needed after last week's Polar Vortex and nearly 2 feet of snow . . . followed by this weekend's warm-up and melting, icy, mess.  But on the other hand, it makes me just . . . sad.  Because gardening time is still months away.

Oh, well.


For most of 2013 gardening season, my garden looked pretty great.  I ripped out some shrubs, transplanted and divided many perennials, added beds and plants, and directed Tom's efforts in a whole new project.  It was looking great!


Then. . . Jo Jo arrived.

And made a total mess.


(There's always next year. . . )

The things I was most pleased with out in the garden in 2013?


1.  My pergola looks pretty much just how I imagine it might ... when I designed it 5 years ago!


2.  My hops!


3.  And the new arbor to contain them!


4.  We lost a huge black cherry tree in the spring (good riddance, actually) -- but I had them leave the stump.  While I'll be fighting black cherry shoots for a while yet, the stump makes a nice design feature in the landscape.


5.  We also took out a diseased dwarf white pine (that wasn't so "dwarf" any more) in this garden bed.  Although I agonized about taking out that pine for months, once it was gone . . . it just opened up space and the Japanese Maple (there all along) really got a chance to shine!  (It also gave me a chance to . . . plant other stuff!)



6.  I created a couple of little fairy gardens out under the trees.  A bit of charm and whimsy in unexpected places.


7.  Tom took on the facilitation of my next garden dream -- transforming a little-used back corner of our yard and creating a new patio and firepit.  Now that the hardscape is in place, we'll be able to plant and transform the space as soon as we can dig!




8.  The colors were beautiful; the birds and butterflies and bees abundant!  2013 was a great year in the garden.

Now, in these dark, cold, dreary days of winter, I keep busy dreaming and scheming of NEXT year in the garden.

I can't wait!



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Your garden will be even a bigger, better show this year. It's an ever changing, ever beautiful space, a canvas for the artistic gardener in you. Smith has ordered seeds, and is ready to plant the starts he needs to create the first rows of early crops. A sign for the local nursery says "7 weeks to planting season"!!


I predict you will love that fire pit space! Seeing your pictures makes me feel hopeful that spring will come again.


It'd be wonderful to see your garden in person...I think it's just beautiful! Hopefully Jo-Jo refrains from creating a racetrack around the house next summer...


I fear for Doug's garden - Boone needs a lesson in boundaries. But looking at your beautiful landscape gives me hope!


Your garden is fabulous and I am trying very hard not to turn green with envy. I would kill to have a Japanese maple, but they are nowhere near hardy here. Did you use the hops for anything, like, oh, I don't know, BEER? (Forgive me if you blogged about home brewing -- the memory is the second thing to go.)

Re: stump. Brilliant move to keep it! I had a much shorter stump in the corner of my old garden, and I always planned to plant something in it as it rotted. Dig out a rotted spot, fill it with potting mix, and put in an impatiens, for example. Never did it, and now that spot is under the new entryway.


Such a special garden!
I love seeing the different rooms in your garden, and I hope to see more of them in 2014!


This is a lovely review, and while we wait, there's always the thrill of planning and dreaming while paging through the many gorgeous garden catalogs that seem to be arriving daily!


Love the fairy gardens! Those are very inspiring photos too. We lost a 25ft birch during the ice storm in December and two of our lilacs may be permanently bent over from the weight of the ice. Oh well, this Spring will bring lots of new opportunities and I do love a trip to the garden center:)


I love seeing your garden in all the seasons! Look forward to what you have in store for 2014...and hope that Jo Jo finds someplace else to play!


Lovely stuff.

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