a few pics from this past season

threedogsmomDecember 31, 2011

Hi all,

I have not been very active on the forums this year and I have a renewed feeling about gardening in 2012. I didn't do too much to the gardens in 2011 other than general maintenance, and just got around to doing final cleanup today in warm 50 degree weather. Last year I dug out a small area for a square-foot garden and grew some veggies it it, but the stinkbugs took over around mid-summer and that was the end of that. I had a few new lilies I planted that bloomed for the first time last summer so I am including a pic of those. Here are some pics from the spring and summer of 2011 for your enjoyment:

Thanks for looking. I hope to be more diligent in picture taking this year, and to make some additions to a couple of the shadier beds this coming year. Happy New Year, everyone!!


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Ginny McLean_Petite_Garden

Amy, those pics are beautiful! Love the hollyhock and lillies! I have not even really started any "real"gardens yet but rather a collection of things growing in my yard, so any gardens like yours look scrumptious to me! Thank you so much for sharing them! Next year is another year.....coming very soon too! :)


    Bookmark   December 31, 2011 at 8:10PM
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BEAUTIFUL!!!! I LOVE clematis and lilies! I have been thinking of growing clematis up my fruit trees since they don't do much of anything anyways, (They are like 8-10yrs old and I get nuthing!) Has anyone done that? Grew vines like that up the fruit tree? I saw an article of someone growing a squash on a fruit tree. Love your isris and hollyhocks too! Heck Love it all! The gerainumns too!

    Bookmark   December 31, 2011 at 8:58PM
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natalie4b(7b GA)

Amy, those clematis wrapping around birch tree are fabulous! Love your beds and plant combination, use of height, rocks, colors - just lovely! Happy New Year!

    Bookmark   January 1, 2012 at 6:35AM
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Is that last pick a shrub clematis?

    Bookmark   January 1, 2012 at 12:53PM
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christinmk z5b eastern WA

Doubles and Freckles and Frills, oh my! I certianly do remember your garden from last time! Wasn't the little fence to keep your dog (Great Dane wasn't it) out?
Like the colors you used. Your golden spiderwort (love the clematis pairing, burgundy/purple with gold is my favorite!) is incredible. Mine is a minute thing compaired to yours!
Great pics...thanks for sharing with us to get our gardening juices flowing again!! ;-)

    Bookmark   January 1, 2012 at 2:30PM
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Yes, the last pic has a bush clematis in the foreground. I found that at a garden center and it took a few years to establish itself, but it's a pretty cool little plant.

The Great Dane is now going on 5 years old and we have a new garden helper who will turn 3 in mid-January. He is a black English Labrador who wreaks havock on my gardens in winter when I take the fencing down. He runs through them, pees on things, chews on things... I can't wait to put the fencing back as soon as I start to see signs of spring. But the gardens seem to take all the abuse pretty well, so I guess all his abuse isn't too awful. Now when things wake up and start growing again, that's when I am very protective of the plants.

I have heard that we will have a mostly mild winter along the PA/MD line so hopefully spring will come early, as long as it's not too wet.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 8:58AM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

You have a delightful garden. 'Bushy Blue Bell' clematis, clematis integrifolia, is a favorite in my garden. Love the color of that iris.

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 3:04PM
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Thyme2dig NH Zone 5

WOW! Beautiful photos of a beautiful garden. I love, love, love the clematis climbing up the birches!

    Bookmark   January 6, 2012 at 7:15PM
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koszta_kid(Iowazone 5)

Boy I want to get better at taking close up pictures. Yours are great. Going to have trouble with DH year old yellow Lab staying out of beds. Never had trouble with our Viszlas. Just had to say NO.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2012 at 7:27AM
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Lilyfinch z7 mid tn

Wow! I love your pictures. I especially love the birch tree. And your clematis are so pretty too!

    Bookmark   January 7, 2012 at 3:53PM
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