Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Review of a Favorite View

Les from A Tidewater Gardener has encouraged us to post some of our favorite photos from 2012.   Offering a little bit different take on the subject, I decided to post a photo from each month of one of my favorites views in my garden last year.

In January I installed my new fountain to the front beds after having a large crape myrtle removed.  This picture shows more of the fountain than the beds, but you can see that my garden is mainly dormant this time of year.

Apparently in February I was too busy building my new potting bench to take a picture of my garden, so this is a picture from mid March.  The garden is starting to wake up with wildflowers and perennials.  The turf grass is starting to green up and the daffodils are beginning to bloom, signaling that spring is here!

This photo was taken in late March.  The grass is nice and green now after spreading compost over the lawn.  The wildflowers are really growing, and I see the poppies are just beginning to bloom.  The Columbines near the fountain are lush with foliage but no blooms yet.  The 'King Humbert' Cannas are starting to pop out of the ground.   'May Night' Salvia and 'Bath's Pink' Dianthus are early blooming perennials.

In April the poppies and larkspur are in full bloom.  The Columbines are now in bloom, as well.   In the right center of the picture I see the Byzantine Gladiolus are blooming.  Ox-Eye Daisies, Calylophus, and Salvia farinacea are also in bloom.

By late May the Cannas are full grown, the Bee Balm is in full bloom, and the Summer Phlox are just beginning to bloom.  I can see the 'Walker's Low' Catmint blooming in the upper left of the photo, also.


Now in mid June the Summer Phlox are in full bloom.  Also blooming this time of year are the peach daylilies (near the bird bath)  that were a gift from a friend many years ago.  The Cannas, Coneflowers, Catmint, and Salvias are in bloom now, too.

In mid July, as the Summer Phlox is fading, the Rudbeckia 'Goldsturm' is blooming strong.  All of the Salvias are in bloom, and the Cannas are standing tall.  The fountain is becoming engulfed by flowers in the front and by the foliage of Caladiums and Wood Ferns in the shady spot behind the fountain

In late August, the Rudbeckias have gone to seed, but the Salvias are still going strong.  After being chewed to smitherines by grasshoppers, I cut the Cannas to the ground and they are starting to regrow.  The 'Hameln' and 'Karley Rose' fountain grasses are starting to plume.  Yellow and orange color from reseeding annuals of Melampodium and Cosmos add summer color.

By mid September, the Cannas have recovered from their cutting, adding bold foliage to the garden again.  The garden is still full of color through Salvias and reseeding annuals, but it is somewhat faded after the summer's heat.   You can see that the sidewalk is wet from welcomed rains after a long hot summer.

Color returns in October as the temperatures start to cool.  The 'Regal Mist' Muhly grass near the bird bath is taking on its trademark pink cloud of plumes. The Lindheimer's Muhly is also starting to plume.  The Cannas are putting on blooms again.  The pink Salvia greggii, one of my favorite perennials, is in full bloom now.   Mexican Milkweed was in full bloom to welcome the Monarchs, but unfortunately I did not see many this year.   The fountain is barely visible as the ferns continue to grow.   October was really one of the prettiest months in my garden this year; however, it was also one of my busiest months, so unfortunately I did not post any pictures of my garden this month.


In late November, the garden starts to move toward dormancy.  The 'Fire Dragon' Shantung Maple tree in the upper left has taken on fall color as the garden begins to fade some.   That crazy Canna is still going strong, as are the Salvias, the workhorses of my perennial garden.

And finally, at the end of December, after several hard freezes and snowfall over Christmas (sorry, no photos since I was out of town during the snowfall), the garden has taken on its winter bones and texture, and the turf grass returns to dormancy.  After cutting back some of the spent perennials, the fountain is visible again.

I hope you have enjoyed this year-long look at one of my favorite views of my garden.     As 2012 is fading out of view and we look ahead to the new year, I wish you all a very happy 2013!

Happy Gardening in the New Year...

Toni :-)

24 comments:

  1. Your photo is beautiful, Toni. I look forward to seeing it over the coming year. I really like your fountain too.

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    1. Beth, thank you for visiting! The fountain was an unexpected find; I love the soft bubbling sound it adds near the entry.

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  2. Toni, that was such an enjoyable voyage of your garden throughout the months. I loved it so much. Thank you for sharing and thank Les for the idea.~~Dee

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    1. Thanks, Dee. Now if I could only take photos like Les!

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  3. Love that the photos are taken from the same spot month after month.

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    1. Thanks, Prof. Roush. Turned out to be a great idea at the end of the year. I'll have to try that in a different spot this year.

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  4. Your garden is beautiful and ever changing. You have so inspired me when designing my own garden. Love the June and July pics. They are bursting with color!

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    1. I am honored that you say I have inspired you! Wow, what a compliment. Thank you so much. Yes, June and July is when the color really kicks into full gear after the wildflowers are gone. And that's when my garden is really easy. All the hard work of spring is done and I can just sit back and enjoy the garden and wildlife that it attracts.

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  5. I really like seeing your garden change from the same view each month. It is amazing how much the garden changes, and yet it always has beauty in it. I hope you have a wonderful 2013!

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    1. Thanks, Holley. It was fun to look back and see the changes all at once. Even winter has its own beauty, but like you, I am already looking forward to spring!

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  6. I am always so impressed with your garden. I love that you took a photo from the same view each month. What a fantastic way to see the change. Best wishes Toni for a fruitful year in your garden!

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    1. Thanks, Karin. Happy New Year to you too. And thanks again for saving us on the black-eyed peas!!

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  7. What a wonderful idea to take a photo in each month from the same spot. I loved seeing your garden play out its season so richly, especially with the bubbler fountain as the anchor in each shot. I also clicked through the links, and really enjoyed the 12 cubic yards of compost spread over the whole area!! Now that was gorgeous : )

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    1. Thanks for visiting, Laurrie! It's the dead of winter and I'm already looking forward to compost day! There's just nothing like it for your garden :-)

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  8. A well documented pictorial account of your lovely patch of Eden throughout the year. Its a great idea but unfortunately I can't follow your example as we do not have the four seasons. its either the wet or the hot season.

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  9. Love this idea, Toni! A 12 month time lapse; fascinating! Your gardens are one of my favorite to see. You have an amazing eye for detail, texture and color. Thanks for taking the time to put this together. It was fun to see. Wishing you abundant peace, joy and blessings this year.

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  10. So cool...I love this idea! Your garden is just so lovely, all year long :-)

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  11. What a good idea. Loved seeing the way the garden changes, month to month.

    Happy New Year!!

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  12. Your garden is beautiful and your idea is such a good one for understanding the changes in a garden. I might just give this a try soon.

    I love that fountain, just right in your gardens.



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  13. I enjoy seeing how gardens change from month to month. Very nice. I noticed that your neighbor's lawn gardens looked the same all year long, except the color changed from brown to green and then back to brown.

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  14. Thank you for playing along with my best of meme. I like your twist on it by taking your pics from the same spot, that takes some planning.

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  15. This is just stunning! What a remarkable transformation! I planted zinnias last summer and have a bag full of seeds. I also bought a variety of wildflowers to throw into the mix. I didn't realize I could have scattered the seeds in the Fall for late Spring germination. I live in NC and we are having a late start to Spring -- do you think its too early to scatter seeds?

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  16. Also, guess you don't have to worry about weeds because of the density of your plants?

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  17. Oh my word....your garden is a dream. And I love the tagline on your blog....God's mind-boggling creativity and love surrounds us in the garden, doesn't it? I looked through your container post and was so impressed. You, my dear, have great taste. Keep up the beautiful work! - Mollie

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