Monday, February 14, 2011

The Summer of 2010

While last week’s snow has been melted by a few sunshiny and slightly warmer days what better way to remember there are brighter, sunnier and much warmer days ahead than to look back at photos of the garden during 2010. This must be the snowiest winter in the last 10 years and if you consider that I missed nearly a month of it while in South Africa, I can only imagine how long this winter would have felt. And looking at bright and colorful photos of summer is so much nicer than experiencing the supposedly “sprokieswereld” of frozen car windows and slip-sliding driving on icy roads outside.


After the hard work of 2008 and 2009 of redesigning and replanting nearly the whole backyard, 2010 was a relative quiet year in the garden for me. With so many other work-related projects on my plate the 3rd year of a 3 year plan did not materialized as planned. Although I did a bit of work, as things stand now I will hopefully complete the rest of the garden plans this year. But why put a date on the completion at all? It could be n open project. In 2011 I would like to complete the stonework edging of all the beds, recreate the vegetable garden in a sunnier location and do all the transplanting that goes with than, and build a small “deck” or cozy sitting area in the shade of some big trees in the very back of the yard for picnics or just to go and sit for quiet moments in the backyard.

Visitors to the backyard

Also, because we felled a huge white pine tree, which became a real gluey pest, I now have an added section of garden available near the woodlands area that can be used for plants that like morning sun. I still need to remove the stump and then prepare the soil for something special. Probably a few specimen low shrubs because the removal of the pine will allow the Weeping Snow Fountain Cherry tree next door to expand and truly blossom (excuse the pun) into a show piece in spring with its clusters of white flowers. Up to the felling of the pine the cherry tree was rather boxed in and her spring exhibition was limited.

Lastly, in the front garden I transplanted some roses and add more, while M had some Korean boxwoods removed and replaced them with various kinds of hydrangeas. It will eventually be more colorful than the monotonous green of the boxwoods

A flowery fence
Slowly but surely all available open spaces are being filled.

Preserves from the garden.
From left: Marinara with garden vegetables, Pickled cherry tomatoes, Curried green beans, Marinara with red wine and basil

Windowbox and hydrangea

A Fiery Begonia boliviensis 'Bonfire', a tropical plant that loves full sun 

Yellow is the color...

From my favorite rocking chair on the back porch

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