Tuesday, December 31, 2013
How is it possible that today is the last day of 2013? Who let this happen...seriously? Ok...another year has come and gone, and wasn't it a doozy! The weather had its ups and downs (as did the garden), but all-in-all, I think it was a pretty good year!
While the the winter last year was pretty much a dud, we did have a few days of really beautiful frost in January. I remember being ecstatic that it was on a weekend, so I could take as many pictures as I liked. Will we get something similar in 2014...let's just say my fingers and toes are crossed!
February in the NW sees the start of Garden Show Season. While I generally forget about 90% of what I see, there is almost always something good I take away. Last year, it was this wonderfully simple and elegant pairing of Daffodils and Sesleria at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show.
Between the middle of February and the first part of March, I cut back the entire garden. I space it out over several weeks since the recycling bin can only hold so much. By Mid-March, however, I'm done and can sit back and watch with sheer delight as the garden starts to come back to life.
April is always such an exuberant month...I wake up each morning excited to go outside and see what new wonders await me. Of course, with our constant rain...it means I am also constantly on slug patrol ;-) Oh well...small price to pay for not having to water the garden until July! I also spent an inordinate amount of time shopping at local nurseries!
May is magic...and its mostly due to bulbs. It's the month that I celebrate waves of Tulips, Iris and Alliums...it's a giddy ride as each day brings with it petals that are velvety and rich...and perfumes that are sweet and heady. May this year was frantic, as usual, as I continued to shuffle plants around. Will I ever stop...no, probably not!
June was special this year for the fact that I attended my very first Garden Bloggers Fling in beautiful San Francisco, and I still have LOTS to post about regarding that! On our way home afterwards, we stopped at the wonderful gardens at Cornerstone, Sonoma...a truly magical place, full of inspiration.
After the Fling, I returned to my garden, loving it more than ever (absence, it seems, DOES make the heart grow fonder). While I busily rushed about doing random chores...the cats always seemed to remind me to slow down and enjoy things. Oh...and I moved plants...I know you're shocked!
August always brings about the Dog Days of summer...hot enough to make me flee inside during all but the mornings and evenings. This is arguably the most "floriferous" point for my garden...the garden positively heaves with blooms...and bees! To my delight, we even got rain at the end of the month...a treat considering last year the rains didn't return until October! August this past year also marked the long-awaited removal of the dreadful Laurel bush!
September started off quite hot...but we actually got a bit of relief towards the middle of the month...and by the end of September, we were well and truly on our way to Autumn. Also, 2013 saw the return of the HPSO Fall Plant sale, in a smaller form. Renamed "Plantfest", it was wonderful...and in addition to fabulous shopping, I got to hear High Country Garden's very own David Salman speak.
October this year was wonderful...a truly decadent Autumn, with crisp, cool weather and several days of magical fog. I think it may have been the loveliest fall since I've lived in Portland. The rains held off long enough for the leaves to turn. The aforementioned fog also made for a glorious trip to the Portland Japanese Garden.
November saw the climax of our fall color...which seemed to last forever! As in most years, I spend more time outside during Autumn than at any other time of year...the weather is beautiful...and I just want to drink up every last bit of the garden before winter sets in. 2013 was also the year I got a new camera...and I even made a short movie wit it! Oh, and I may have moved some more plant around...SHOCKER!
Which brings us here...to December. I can honestly say this has been the best winter yet in my garden. I've been loving the garden this winter, thanks to spending more and more time planting for winter interest over the past few years. Except for one brief cold snap, it's been quite lovely so far...although it seems a tad on the dry side. We even got a small amount of snow during the first part of the month!
Here's to 2013 in my garden, I hope you had a great year in yours...and let's all look forward to 2014.
Happy New Year, everyone!