This will be one of my last posts of the year. I thought that for this month's GBBD I would take a look back at the gardening year that was. I will start in May, because that is when spring finally arrived.
Here in Ontario, it seemed that winter dragged on forever. Usually, I like to get out in the garden in April, but the cold weather made it impossible. There was still snow flying when my husband and I stood in the back garden and marked out a layout for the new vegetable garden I envisioned.
Warmer days didn't arrive until May. Spring lasted about two weeks into the month and then the temperatures began to soar. Here are a few pictorial highlights:
Double Flowering Almond.
White Bleeding Heart, Dicentra spectabilis alba. I was so "in love" with my existing white and pink Bleeding Hearts that I added 3 new plants.
A former birdbath in the back garden.
Oriental Poppy, Papaver orientale
Pasque flower 'Pulsatilla'
Peonies fill the front garden.
With the sudden heat, the garden made up for lost time. The peonies in the front garden actually bloomed right on time.
Meadow Sage Salvia, Nemerosa 'Caradonna' and a common Spirea in the background.
Deep blue 'Baptisia' and light blue 'Blue Star'.
Evening Primrose in the front garden.
A mix of June roses.
An iris that I inherited from the home's previous owner and self-seeding purple
Rocket in the background.
The last of June's flowers.
Hosta and Daylilies
In July there was very little rain. I don't usually have to drag the hose out to water until August. This year it was so hot and dry, that I had to water every few days.
The garden in June had been all about peonies and roses. In July, the hosta, daylilies and spirea came into the forefront. Toward the end of the month, the phlox and brown-eyed susan began to flower.
The front garden. Roses are slowly giving way to Phlox and Brown-eyed Susan.
Daylilies are a July staple. I have hybrid orange, pinks and reds.
In July, baby bunnies started feasting on my new vegetable garden. Japanese beetles mysteriously appeared and began to eat up my roses.
The back garden.
Phlox and Brown-eyed Susan has taken over in front of the white picket fence. Phlox paniculata 'Eva Cullum' and Phlox paniculata 'Laura Bright Eyes'
August started off with some much needed rain, and then the weather went dry again. The Japanese beetles moved from my roses to the Porcelain Vine in the back garden.
In the vegetable garden, the tomatoes and herbs were doing great, but the beans and peas were bunny food.
A Tiger lily in the front garden.
Pee Gee Hydrangea in the front garden.
Try to spot one of the dog's in the back garden.
September was fair and warm, possibly my favourite month in the garden. I rescued some of my roses, which had become overcrowded with brown-eyed susan and did some front garden renovations to better space other plants. Aren't we gardeners always moving things?
Mixed phlox in the front garden.
Echinacea in the front garden is a favourite with the butterflies.
Sedum spectabile 'Stardust' was a new addition to my growing collection of sedum.
October was all about finsihing-off half-completed projects, picking black walnuts
up off the lawn, and raking leaves.
By mid-month, we several morning with light frost.
Thanks to the mild weather the Rudbeckia 'Herbstsonne' bloomed well into the month.
November was unseasonably mild; great for those of us still planing spring bulbs.
December continues to be mild. We have had only had a light dusting of snow, which quickly melted. Is Mother Nature making up for the late spring start? I don't mind if winter is delayed, but it would be nice to have a white Christmas.
My thanks to all of you that have stopped in to visit throughout the year and left kind, encouraging comments. It has been a wonderful experience to visit your gardens in turn and get to know you better.
After all is said and done, 2011 was a great year in the garden.