Happy New Year!

Somewhat belatedly I’m jumping onto the Happy New Year bandwagon.  I’ve developed a nasty cold to ring in the new year, so just getting up enough steam to complete this post.  We’re also just coming out of an extremely unpleasant cold snap suffering through temps as low as -20º F (and with the wind chill, felt more like -30º F), so a look at some of my favorite blooms from the 2017 gardens is just the fix…

The first of the hellebores to fully open

Signs of spring – oh, how I long for it already (click on any photo to enlarge):

The garden really explodes in June, so it’s difficult to select just a few of my favorite photos from 2017:

July – definitely noticed an uptick in the number and varieties of butterflies in the summer garden this past year:

Late summer fading into autumn:

Plans for 2018

I mentioned in my “Year-End Assessment” post that one of my goals for 2018 is to plant more native trees, shrubs and perennials in the garden (more details forthcoming in a later post).

In addition to the many mixed borders, I also have a decent sized potager (roughly 55′ x 55′) in which I grow vegetables, herbs and flowers, as well as the orchard (fruit trees, raspberries, currants, blackberries, and blueberries), asparagus patch, and a 30′ x 50′ “pumpkin” patch in which I grow 3-4 varieties of pumpkins, as well as the occasional cantaloupe and watermelon.  I have a separate herb border closer to the house as well, which is going to receive a major overhaul this season.

My seed order has been placed for this year’s potager (all organic and predominantly heirloom varieties).  Including seeds saved from last year’s crop, I will be growing the following:


  • Onions: Dorata di Parma, Ruby Red and Walla Walla
  • French Red shallots
  • Peppers: Chocolate Bell, Autumn Bell, and Black Hungarian
  • Carrots – Dragon and Danver’s Half-Long
  • Tomatoes – Black Cherry, San Marzano, Koralik, and Thessaloniki
  • Shelling beans: Hidatsa Shield Figure Beans and Cherokee Trail of Tears Beans
  • Stowell’s Evergreen Sweet Corn
  • Winter Squash: Acorn and Butternut (I use the “Three-Sister” method to grow the corn, shelling pole beans and winter squashes)
  • Bush beans ‘Contender’
  • Kentucky Blue Pole Bean
  • Edamame ‘Karikachi’
  • Golden Midget Watermelon
  • Hearts of Gold Melon
  • Pumpkins: Howden, Rouge d’Etampes, Cotton Candy
  • Lettuce: Romaine Lettuce blend and Buttercrunch
  • Catskills Brussels Sprouts
  • Carentan Leeks
  • Annie’s Rainbow Swiss Chard blend
  • Beets: Burpee’s Golden Beet and Early Wonder
  • Marketmore 76 cucumbers
  • Horseradish
  • Potatoes — Gold Rush (Russet) and Dark Red Norland
  • Summer Squash: Early Prolific Straight Neck and Cocozelle di Napoli zucchini


Spearmint, Summer Savory, Borage, Thyme, Lemon Balm, Chives, Parsley, Triple-Curled, Bronze/green fennel, Basil: Genovese and Dark Opal, Cilantro, Dill, Oregano, Rosemary, Sage, Tarragon, Yarrow, Echinacea and Valerian


  • Calendula ‘Orange King’
  • Zinnia ‘Come and Cut Again’
  • Nasturtium ‘Tall Trailing Mix’
  • Milkweed
  • Hyacinth Bean Vine ‘Moon Shadow’
  • Cosmos ‘Psyche’ mixture
  • Sweet peas (multiple varieties)
  • Marigolds (pest control for tomatoes and peppers)

Happy New Year once again, and thank you to all my fellow garden bloggers for a wonderful year of inspiration and beauty!

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  1. Yes, the lilac in the photo is ‘Sensation.’ Personally, I love the deep color edged in white. But then gardening, like many creative arts, is subjective. That’s the wonderful thing about having your own canvas with which to play.


  2. I love your views of the garden round the year. Beautiful.
    I was interested to see your veg list, some of the varieties are new to me. I haven’t started mine yet but it is going to bring my total seed list to scary levels.
    Sorry you have been under the weather, I had a vicious coldy-fluey type thing too. I hope it warms up for you soon, that is seriously cold.

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  3. Ooh. We have the same taste in flowers. Your photos are stunning. Love that hellebore. And the poppies. And the dahlia. And the peony (is it ‘Duchess de Nemours’?
    I look forward to seeing it all in 2018!

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  4. Thanks! I enjoy keeping a photographic journal of the garden’s development, and I do love peonies and dahlias! And yes, the peony in the photo is ‘Duchess de Nemours’ – one of my favorites. Thanks for visiting the blog, and I just discovered yours, which appears to be equally full of visual delights!


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