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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

A Look Back

I thought I would show some of the good things about my garden this year. Parts of it were beautiful and I will build on those parts this year.  I'm just going to take it a month at a time. It's going to be photo heavy, so I hope you'll stick with me to the end.

March came in with the Tulips blooming.


April was pretty with Clematis and Columbine and a big Snowball Viburnum and some Iris




May





June had Daisies and Balloon Flower and some Lillies. It would of had a lot of Daylilies, but I didn't spray and the deer dined on them, so sad...




July





August was pretty boring, except for the Dichondra in this urn. I thought it was so pretty! It had a Pink Polka Dot plant but because of the shade it turned almost completely green so I changed it out for some Begonias. Not really happy with them either so next year I will need to find another mid size plant. Otherwise, this was one of my favorite things in the garden this year. 

This year I added two reblooming Azaleas, a purple Loropetalum, two yellow lillies, a Coreopsis to replace the one I lost,  and a pink Monardo.  I am working on getting more perennials and feel I did a good job last year - at least as far as I could money-wise. I'm excited to get to the plans I've made, moving this and that. 
The garden is always evolving. I have never been satisfied, but on the years that I thought I was getting a handle on it, something would happen and it just wouldn't be the same the next year. Things don't bloom at the same time, some things die, the deer trick me, heavy rains knock stuff down.  Sometimes I wonder why I do all this, but then I have a good year and get really psyched! If you're a gardener then you know what I mean! 

So, to all my gardening friends - here's to a great gardening year in 2014! 


18 comments:

  1. Wow, your garden has given you presents all year! Such beautiful flowers, my favorites are the snowballs and lilies.
    All the best in 2014!

    Emily
    The French Hutch

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    1. Thanks, Emily! I'm hoping for a great year in 2014! I like the Snowball, too; however, it doesn't drop it's dead petals and so after a while it looks horrible with dead blooms just hanging there!

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  2. Leslie your gardens make me yearn for spring! But in the meantime while we wait for its return I wish you a very happy New Year!
    XO Barbara

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    1. Barbara, I'm ready for Spring too! Every year as soon as Christmas is over I start wishing for Spring and gardens and warmer temperatures! Happy New Year!

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  3. What beautiful photos! Happy New Year:)

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  4. It all looks so colorful and pretty you've made me long for spring....and it's only the very beginning of winter here.

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    1. I'll be having daffodils blooming next month! We have a pretty long growing season here in Georgia. Happy New Year!

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  5. Happy New year Leslie girl !
    I love seeing all of your photos and you are doing a super job with your garden : )
    A gardener keeps learning each season .. I can't imagine NOT learning ! haha
    Yes this is the time we almost go mad with ideas and planning so we are all in the thick of garden thoughts .. just imagine if we could only harness that energy ? haha
    I'm sure what ever you do it will look wonderful !
    Thank you for your kind comments on my blog : )
    Joy

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    1. Joy, it seems I usually learn what NOT to do :) I'm really hoping this is the year it all comes together - hey! I can hope! I've decided to really utilize the youth and malenesss I have around here this year! No more excuses because of my back! I'll get THEM to do the hard stuff!!! Hurray for 2014!

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  6. Leslie, your look back was most beautiful and may your New Year be just a full!...:)JP

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for visiting and commenting! I hope you have a great New Year!

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    2. Thank you! I hope you have a great New Year. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  7. Beautiful!!! You make me long for summer blooms!!! : )

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  8. Leslie, I'm really longing for the garden to come to life, too! Next month I'll have some daffodils coming to life! Happy New Year!

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  9. Such wonderfully lovely blossoms! I love all the great color!

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  10. Happy New Year. I love looks back at the whole year, where I can say, "I grow that," or in the case of tulips, "I am growing these this year," only because I won some bulbs that have now been properly chilled, and planted just the other day.

    Your gardens are lovely. I hope the deer find another place to graze and that all your plans work out in the coming year.

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