The gardening word for 2016 is inconsistent.
It’s been too cold and it’s been too hot. It’s been too dry and then we get four and half inches of rain in a few hours. Critters have tested my patience. The garden, however, continues to flourish, and my Arranger and I are looking forward to 2017 and the joy of seeing in bloom our irises, peonies, hydrangeas, vitex, clematis, spirea, azaleas, crape myrtles, and …….
As the years pile up (I am most grateful) and the back gets weaker, I have been changing the garden to require less maintenance. I am still pleased with what we have and optimistic about its future.
Let me share with you some monthly memories of 2016 in some of my favorite photographs.
A striking bearded iris, ‘Sunny Disposition,’ brightened up the garden in June…and it bloomed again later in the year. I am grateful to my gardening/writing buddy Stepheny for introducing me to these new irises.
I built this planter last summer, and it was in its glory this July…crape myrtle, heuchera, carex.
Just plain old garden phlox lights up the garden in August. This particular batch has moved over ten times in three gardens and is still going strong. Deadheading the first blooms reliably produces a second flush that carries on into fall.
How can I ever forget this very special day in September when my first grandchild was married. Of course, she was the most beautiful bride ever…I mean ever! More beautiful than any flower in my garden.
Who would believe that you can bring in cut flowers from the garden in December? Thanks to reblooming iris ‘Clarence’ and Camellia japonica ‘Debutante,’ these were some of the many Vases on Monday that my Arranger created this year.
2016 was a good year for us. I am proud to say that I marked one thing off my bucket list: I finished reading ALL of Shakespeare’s plays…every last one!