As I said in last week’s post, this year will be a time of observing and reflecting on my garden. So far in January, I have observed frigid wind chills (-32F), and another foot or more of snow. Throw in some freezing rain and we have all the wonders of winter. With all the white likely to stay around this season there isn’t much more to do but look to the past season.
This is the final wrap up of my garden for 2013 so I have put together collages to look at how the different areas looked throughout the seasons. I hope you enjoy this retrospective as I link in with Helen@The Patient Gardener’s Weblog for her End of Month View albeit a bit late.
But when the weather cooled this led to some icy storms and about 4 feet of snow in the second half of the month.
I had the pleasure of witnessing many wonderful sunrises, almost all on my way to work. This was one I caught at the beginning of December.
Throughout this past year, I have profiled the front and back gardens with some side trips to other specialty areas like the red garden, white garden, side gardens and shade garden. Here I am looking specifically at the front walk gardens and the entire back gardens as a whole.
This garden shows off in late March and April when the spring bulbs come out to sprinkle color throughout the beds. As they die back iris, creeping phlox and columbine pop up as the plants surrounding put on their patchwork quilt of green. The sun of late spring shows the lavender, salvia and clematis adding their colors to the just emerging hydrangea. Summer shows an abundance of hydrangea, echinacea, geranium, phlox, daylily and coreopsis. I love how fall colors pop out with the asters. A bit more fall color from flowers is needed. But even in frost and snow this garden delights my senses.
I will be amending soil here and dividing some plants especially the iris.
I do apologize for the small pictures here. You can see the lovely look of the back gardens and gazebo that I see all winter from January through early March. Then as you follow across you see spring in late March and April where snow gives way to a massive spring melt and a flood throughout the low lying gardens. There are some spots that need to be corrected so the wet area through spring and fall are not just one big puddle. We did plant many water loving native plants that do enjoy having their feet wet and this has made a big difference.
Most of the back gardens remain a bit wild especially along the left fence and back gardens as well as between the trees. These areas need a bit of taming. We will be looking to extend gardens out into the grass that will be removed leaving narrower grass paths, and more garden areas to design and plant. I also want to work on succession of bloom in these back areas although many are shaded and the foliage takes center stage. We also need to incorporate more shrubs especially evergreens.
You can see the 4 beds as they were this past year and all the grow bags used on the patio. We added one more 8 x 4 foot bed so we can grow more squashes and melons. I will have the 2014 plans for planting the veggies in a February post.
Here are many of the harvests the gardens gave us. How I miss these veggies as we only grow enough to eat during the season except for the garlic which we are still enjoying. I’d say we had more successes than failures this past year with our veggies.
The meadow brings delight all seasons especially for the wildlife. You can see early spring through mid spring, summer and fall. Quite a wonderful succession of blooms. We will continue to work on keeping the teasel and other non-natives at bay. This year we will plan to reduce the thistle and Queen Anne’s lace so we can add more native species and give those we planted room to grow.
While the non-natives are lovely too, they take over the meadow pushing out the natives we love to see.
The pond continues to bring us joy. We do need to clean it out a bit to reduce some of the algae that will show up in spring. And we also need to add more small stone around the edge to keep spaces clear for the birds to enter the pond to bathe in. And we will be working on dividing some of the plants surrounding the pond as many are becoming overgrown. The grass paths have grown into the garden surrounding the pond, and these will be one of the first areas we will edge.
Birds, birds and more birds happily visited every day in December. Pictured are a few of the many bluebirds and goldfinches that frequent the white ash tree branches happily singing. I have an update on the plight of our ash trees tomorrow, the 7th, at Beautiful Wildlife Gardens. I hope you will pop over to read about what we hope is good news.
The Wide Shot
Xericstyle is hosting this meme the first of every month, and all you have to do is post your favorite wide shot of your garden. I am still watching the view from my bedroom window surveying the entire back garden. Here’s what the beginning of January looks like. I had some fun capturing it in color and black/white. Close up the snow almost appears like warm sand. Oh if only!!
Gardens Eye Verse
As I have been watching the sun sparkle on the brilliant cold snow, I was moved to write the poem below. I hope you enjoy it!!
Next up on the blog: I will have an early Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. I will be profiling a favorite spring bulb that I am dreaming about as the garden stays covered in its white blanket.
I am linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme.
It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday.I hope you will join me for my posts once a month at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. See my latest post. My next post will be on January 7th.
I can also be found blogging once a month at Vision and Verb. My first post will be on January 22nd.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.
I am also joining in I Heart Macro with Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.
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