Saying Bon Voyage to the year 2008 calls for a pictorial showcasing the highlights regarding the garden and other events. Trying to do justice to each month means this will have to be a two parter. Part one will take us from January to the end of June, a busy and exciting time as winter gives way to spring gives way to summer. The above shot was taken April 27 with my signature plant, the decidous azaleas in full force. I didn’t want to start the show with sad little January, for the photos from that time are just not eye candy enough to lead the parade. That will be remedied for 2009, rest assured.Now to January 29, date of the construction of the fairy gazebo after those sprites whispered in a sleeping ear about needing a rec center in the garden. This was the beginning of several forays into fairy land.Late January into early February shows the fun with seeds experiment in the sunroom greenhouse in full swing. Onion seeds still clinging to the arising blades are remarkable in their simple beauty on a cold winter’s day.Spring comes early here in southeast Tennessee, February 5 this time with crocus flowers popping open on warmer days. We have had crocus in early January open in other years, but this was the first for 2008. I did worry about the poor little bee when the cold returned as it always does this time of year.<After the old foliage has been shorn from the Helleborus orientalis the flowers are ready to open their faces to the adoring crowds on Feburary 18, freckles or no.The cardinals are dancing around the daffodil and daylily foliage poking up under the bird feeders on February 24.The hedge bed is more shaded until the sun rises higher in the horizon delaying the grand show of the Narcissus pseudonarcissus to March 11. Sunnier spots had these daffs that came with the property blooming several weeks earlier.Oops, winter returns the next day just to keep us honest. A cardinal huddles in the dogwood branches to the right of the pond.The snow melts quickly and spring is in full tilt by March 28. Quince, hellebores, grape hyacinths, heaths and daffodils are among the participants.A diversionary trip to Austin for the inaugural garden blogger’s spring fling took us away from the garden on April 5. This shot of the tower tunnel at the Ladybird Johnson wildflower center is one of my favorites of that trip. 2009 will see us in Chicago in May,I can’t wait!The brief but fabulous white tree peony display on April 16 was a highlight of that floriferous month.Late tulips on April 21 extended the bulb explosion.May 5 brings Rosa ‘Cadenza’ backed by the wall of pyracantha blooms into the mix. The pyracanthas bloomed as never before, followed by bounteous berries for the birdies come fall.The floral bounty continues throughout that merry month with a mix of riotous colors shown here in a shot of the middle terrace path taken May 29.The stepping stone path is obscured by the masses of flowers!Another of many trips, we are a traveling lot, this time to Edisto Beach, South Carolina for the fairegarden clan sun and fun extravaganza. We did manage to return home in time for the big crescendo of midsummer night’s eve with Mister and Missus Bongo Congo having the time of their lives attending fairy parties galore.
The year end review will continue with part two taking us from July to the end of the year. Hope to see you there!
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. I am now gardening in USDA Zone 7a east Tennessee. From 2000 to 2014 I was gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about my gardens since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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