January – A month of reflection
Happy New Year my gardening friends! I hope the first month of 2017 has been a good one for you. First let me thank each and every one of you, for your support in 2016! I had the pleasure of meeting and working with some new design clients, creating some wonderful spaces at their homes. It was tremendously exciting to be accepted into two large shows in November. We introduced some new and exciting products which have been well received, and I loved working on all those custom orders! Thank you – I am truly grateful!
January is usually a time for reflection as we look back on the previous year and take stock of our accomplishments. Our family has done just that! We are celebrating the completion of the addition to our home (ok, it’s 99% complete) with the large windows, new bathroom and laundry room. I actually enjoy doing laundry – weird I know! My favourite is the feature wall we created which is originally one of the exterior walls, now incorporated within.
We have the beginnings of a butterfly/bird garden for which I am so excited! My children and hubby helped with the removal of several decades-old spirea, potentilla and small granite boulders. It was a lot of work in the heat of the summer. So far we have planted a Downy Serviceberry and several Lo and Behold Butterfly bushes with plans to add a lot more wildlife-friendly plants
The veggie boxes were installed late summer in time to plant a fall crop of spinach, radishes, kale and carrots. I foresee a problem with critters, as the bunnies like it as much as the squirrels. The squirrels were busy all fall digging (and planting) a crop of their own…I’m not entirely sure what we will find this spring! LOL My Sweet Pea and I planted a lot of garlic last fall so hopefully that combined with some fencing will keep them out!
Several Dahlias were added in the gardens and I must admit that I am hooked! Many of the tubers are in the basement and I’m hoping my attempts to overwinter them will be successful…stay tuned!
Our family has also spent some time this month reflecting, reminiscing, and celebrating the life of a lovely lady. My 96-year-old grandmother passed away quietly in her sleep after a fall left her bed-ridden. We celebrated with stories, songs, scripture, and pink roses…lots of roses! They were everywhere including 7 pink roses dedicated to her by 7 great-grandchildren.
I am definitely in the mood for spring! Now that the snow has arrived again and covered up the garden, I am fully aware that winter is not done with us yet. I am ready to get some seeds started, gardens designed and new plants to source. In the meantime, I will continue to garden indoors by forcing bulbs such as Amaryllis and Hyacinths, cooking with fresh herbs and watching the winter birds at our feeders.
Next: some Bird Inspired Photography!
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