|July 2017 Cottage Garden|
I am already missing beautiful blooms in my gardens although the growing season has barely ended -- having lasted longer than usual. On this cold, rainy Saturday, I spent a pleasurable hour sorting photographs I took this year. It was a difficult task picking favorites for each month to publish here. I chose several from July when my cottage garden peaked, and when the judges from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) came. I was thrilled that they awarded my gardens their blue ribbon for the second time. The first time was for the 2015 Gardening and Greening Contest; click HERE to read about it. This year my garden was selected from over 350 entries. Again, PHS hosted a reception in Philadelphia to honor the award winners. H.H. and I were delighted to attend.
|They gave me a certificate and a sign for my garden.|
In addition to the sign for my garden honoring my accomplishments, next March they will give me two tickets for the 2018 Philadelphia Flower Show. The theme is 'Wonders of Water.' Can't wait! At the reception, large TV monitors displayed a continuous slide show of the award-winning gardens. Gardeners anxiously waited for theirs to appear.
|A photograph of my garden displayed on a screen at the reception.|
The slide show gave me some good ideas. Take a look at this unique fishpond:
|Fishpond in an award-winning garden|
It is always a pleasure spending time with fellow gardeners and it's fun meeting up with old and new friends. H.H. and I were so happy that Jenny Rose Carey was there. Jenny Rose is the director of PHS Meadowbrook Farm, author of Glorious Shade, and fellow Brit. I've mentioned Jenny Rose on several occasions in this blog. It was great that we had the opportunity to 'catch up' on happenings since we last met. I was able to thank my dear friend again for all the help she gives me with my book.
|My husband, myself, and Jenny Rose.|
|Good food, drink, and camaraderie with fellow gardeners.|
Now for the pictures I chose of my 2017 gardens. I know you've seen them all before, but please bear with me. I believe this was my gardens' best year yet, as most of the plants loved the long spell of cooler, wet weather that we experienced this summer. Here are pictures from April through October 2017:
|The entry garden in April|
|June Cottage Garden|
The following photographs, all taken in July this year, show how the gardens looked when the PHS judges visited.
|Cottage Garden Hollyhocks|
|The Pollinator Garden|
|The Kitchen Garden|
|Dude and Billy captured the judges' hearts|
Here are August, September, and October to complete the year's round-up of my favorite 2017 pictures:
|Serenity in August|
|Early October Kitchen Garden, Abundance Garden, and one of our cornfields.|
Yes, it was an excellent year in my gardens.
With Thanksgiving upon us, I reflect upon all that makes me thankful, especially my family and friends. High on my long list, however, is how very thankful I am for my garden. Among its many blessings, it gives me peace and tranquillity in this troubled world.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
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