Sunday, January 6, 2013

It Was A Very Good Year

The fawn was my daily companion as I gardened in 2012
Looking back on 2012, to quote Sinatra, "It was a very good year" in my garden. Here are some of the highlights.

My beets took a 'first' ribbon at the West End Fair and my zinnias took a 'second ' in the 'floor display' there.

 Spring came very early with delightful daffodils ...

I planted 100 daffodils in this bed several years ago, and it really filled out.

also my favorite spring flower, the pretty violet ...

... and of course fragrant honeysuckle.

Looking into the shade garden.

The summer cottage garden was enhanced by the newly acquired hollyhocks, given to me by my dear friend, Katharine.

Left to right: hollyhocks, butterfly bush, daylilies, and perennial geranium.

The pond came into its own in 2012, with a reworked waterfall and additional plants.

In spite of rose rosette disease attacking the nearby wild roses, my cultivated roses thrived. Fingers crossed for 2013.

Hostas in the shade garden were especially beautiful. The cottage garden was lovely in every season.

Miniature hostas in a tub, surrounded by spider plant, lamium, and other shade plants.
The cottage garden in September

Many critters visited my 2012 garden including lots of butterflies on the milkweed that I planted at the bottom of the kitchen garden.


There were frogs, frogs and more frogs in and around the pond ...

One of our MANY frogs.

2012 was a very good year; I can't wait to see what 2013 brings.

Wishing you a very happy new gardening year!

Pamela x

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  1. Thank you for letting me have a stroll around your garden and see what 2012 brought you! I can see last year was a very different year for gardening for you than here in London, looks like you had very good conditions most of the time. All the best for 2013!

  2. What a great recap of your year in the garden. I am glad to see that my miniature hostas made the top shots. They look great.

  3. Love your cottage garden and all your critters! A wonderful recap and visit of your garden! Happy 2013!

  4. How lovely to see a recap of what happened in your garden in 2012. I love the new waterfall in your pond, no wonder the frogs love it so much! Best wishes for 2013.

  5. Your pictures have warmed me up on a cold, rainy winters night.
    We love beets and those look perfect. Yum. Good job.

  6. You had a great year by the look of things, hope 2013 is kind to you and your garden.

  7. It certainly was a good year in your garden. How I love to see all the wildlife which your garden attracts, especially the fawn.

  8. Ah yes, when I was seventeen. Naw that's not true there have been other good years. Loved the memories of your garden in 2012.

  9. Happy new year Pam! Your garden was really lovely in 2012 and I really enjoyed visiting you and being inspired by your gorgeous plantings. Here's to more great gardening in 2013!

  10. perfect picture of a perfectly cooperative frog!

  11. What a year! Congratulations on your prizes. Bambi looks quite at home in your garden.

  12. Hi Pam, I love your pond and cottage garden and congratulations on your awards for your beets and zinnias.

  13. Beautiful, Pam. The year was truly a good one. Love the critters, so photogenic.

  14. It sure was a fantastic year, I love the shot of the fawn. Looks like you two got very close.

  15. How awesome to have a fawn as a regular visitor - did she cause much damage?
    Thank you for sharing your lovely pictures.


  16. Linda -- the fawn didn't cause any damage. The mother deer teach their young what to eat and what not to eat. We think the mother was killed (maybe by a car) before the baby learned bad habits. One day the fawn just stopped coming to my garden. We thought we spotted it with a deer family. I like to think that was the case -- that it was safe. P. x

  17. What a cheerful post - thank you! It has made me smile on a very chilly day. A wonderful year indeed! Here's to another fabulous year in your lovely garden, Pam.

  18. I can see it really was a very good year in your gardens, Pam. Beautiful images to remember it by. Of course, Bambi is my favorite. How blessed you were to have his company.

  19. Well, you really did have a lovely garden year for 2012, and I hope you have the same for 2013! My 2012 garden was quite awful, really. Combining the drought with my knee injury made for a very bad garden year. I hope to rectify that this year however!

  20. Hi Pam...this is my first time visiting your blog and I absolutely LOVED it. We have something in common as I also have a cottage garden (at least my idea of a cottage garden). I love your pictures and your animals. I look forward to following your blog and can't wait to see your gardens in spring!!

  21. Saw your site somewhere and was intrigued by your title. Been scrolling through some posts and you certainly have a beautiful garden.