Once Christmas is over, my mind quickly turns to the garden. The gray, blustery days we've had recently have lent themselves well to Lazyboy sitting and picture gazing. I should probably be running a vacuum, but there is plenty of time for that, I only have a few days left of my Christmas vacation! I certainly don't want to ruin it all with housework! I had a lot of good in my garden this year, and one REALLY bad thing. Lets start with the good!
I loved this combination of evergreen, salvia and iris. It was a real winner.
I have a few lilies, and they were lovely, blooming at the same time as the hydrangeas.
This was the first year for the blooms on the daisy. I had grown it from seed about 3 years ago. My daylillies all bloomed as well as they will in my shady garden. This is my first year with a deer repellent spray, and it worked beautifully. The year before the deer ate almost every fat bud in the garden.
The petunias were wonderful. I'm always surprised at how well they do in my shady garden! I lost a Moonbeam Coreopsis that I had had for years, but simple marigolds gave me the yellow I wanted, and several of them came up from seeds, so I didn't even buy them!
The bad this year was that I got some kind of disease on my impatience and lost all of them. I was so disappointed, and a little scared, too. Impatience are the mainstay of my garden. I get so much color from them and enjoy the pastel colors they come in. I had to replace them with begonias that I had in pots. Luckily, the begonias had some good size on them by the time I used them for replacement, so the garden didn't suffer big holes.
This coming spring, thanks to the deer spray, I am expecting tulips! I have not grown tulips since the year the deer came through and feasted on about 200 of them! I didn't plant nearly so many, but I am hoping for a beautiful spring!
I am joining Mosaic Monday at Little Red House. She has a beautiful winter mosaic, you should pop over for a look! Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you have a great New Year celebration!.