Saturday, 14 January 2017

2016 Downhill Ride in the Garden ?

I swear I had the best of intentions for the garden last year .. however my body had a different plan in mind ... also ? I am stealing borrowing this single picture review format, from Rose and her blog Prairie Rose's Garden  but I said I would fess up so here I am Rose bare bones admission girl  as I said  !

So January ... was "Brrrrr" as expected but I loved the soft sticky snow that hugged this little tree.

Feburary some how has mysteriously disappeared in my photo file ... I kid you not ... BIG sigh !

March .. not so much of the garden but of my enthusiasm ?

April .. OK .. my pride of certain hellebore came before my fall which followed a few months later.

May ... well I am spoiled for choice and it took me a long time but this shot is what I ended up with.
Who can ignore a full mound of tulips right ?

June .. One of my favorite vignettes by the rock/water feature and my sweet Japanese maple or that shock of red.

July .. I didn't want to fall for lilies due to my aversion of the dreaded BEETLE ... but ? who could ignore the beauty of this dusty pink lily ... Beetle be damned (squished and rid of !!)

August had to be a long shot of this part of the garden .. it just overflowed with plants and made me smile ... you need that in your garden ... smiles !

September .. yet another long shot in the shadier part of the garden .. still lush and beautiful

October ... a shock of colour from my Tiger Eye Sumac .. and no I haven't had trouble with "babies" popping up .. and no , I don' give it some kind of birth control! haha 

November .. OK ... Solomon's Seal totally took me over ... that unbelievable pale almost lemon colour from it's original green was amazing !

December .. I know ... hard to believe we have such amazing colour in December but that is what our pre-winter ? months have been like ... and this spirea amazed me .. I love spireas and this is a beauty.

So .. my take on 2016 ... it started out not too bad .. but my body just went downhill by June.
Thankfully we had a sprinkler system put in and it couldn't have been better timing with our record breaking drought .. it saved my garden.
This is such a general post I want to do other post on individual plants I have really taken to and some that I did NOT !
Stay tuned   : )


Nadezda said...

Joy, you wrote a post like Rose did but your photos are different and very colorful. I liked one of March - nice boots! And your orange sumac is pretty, watching this picture I've pity it doesn't overwinter here.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Hi Joy, I enjoyed your year in a few photos. All is so dreary here now. I am looking forward to some of the more colorful months. I really like your photo of enthusiasm. I have all sorts of that right now when I can't get out. ha...

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Thank you Nadezda girl ! I need to work up some enthusiasm soon (more so for the treadmill?)
Have you tried this sumac in a container .. move it to a garage or basement during the winter.
It really is a gorgeous little tree and I love it .. I wish you could have it too !

Hey Lisa girl .. thank you ! .. mail some of that enthusiasm to me please .. I am a bit low on it right now .. need a kick start ! LOL ...
You are going to wear yourself out before you burst onto your garden missions .. so just relax .. have some hot chocolate .. read a good book or watch some movies ? .. don't wear yourself out girl ! haha

outlawgardener said...

Your garden was gorgeous in 2016. Sorry your body had other plans - These things wear out far too quickly!

CiNdEe said...

I hope 2017 is a better year for you and you have no injuries. I'm sorry you were having such a hard time last Summer. )-: I guess we were both wishing the year over. So on to the new year and a whole new year to plan.

Northern Beauty Seeker said...

Oh my, that Solomon's Seal in November is stunning!!!

What a beautiful year in your garden. These are the dreaming days and you certainly have lots to dream of. Have you started looking at plant catalogues yet? ;-)

Ms S

CanadianGardenJoy said...

Hello Petere (aka Mr.TOG) thanks for stopping by .. yes .. what the heck ? can't we stay limber a little longer due to our "gardener" status in life ? doing good for the earth and all that jazz ? LOL

Cindee girl thank you and you are so right !! .. on with the new year and lets forget about last year (as much as possible in any case right ?) .. fingers crossed we flourish !

Ms. S the SS (sorry I couldn't help the play on S's) was stunning indeed .. it stood out as if it were a neon sign .. ahhh .. dreaming and scheming ! LOL .. and yes .. plant and seed catalogs .. although I don't do seeds the pictures are pretty ? haha

RobinL said...

I so love when garden bloggers post a year end review! You're right, that dusty pink lily is to die for. Swoon! I did leave you some meager advice on roses in my reply to your comment on my blog.