Half a Year in Review (May-Dec 2008) Part 2

clematis_dr_ruppel-yir-sept1This is the second part to a Half a Year in Review.  You can check out part 1 here.  September was a month of new blooms from the Clematis ‘Dr Ruppel’ after a much anticipated 18 months.  An out of town guest gave us an opportunity to visit  the Jamestown Settlement which you can read about here and here in a two part post.  My most popular post to date was published in September.  And it was Great Timing Pays Off!  where I revamped the Woodland Garden with some compost and strategic moving of plants. September was a busy month for me in the garden with the reworking of several beds including the Arbor Garden and putting a nice layer of compost in all of the beds.  As you will see in the photos below,  ‘Limelight’ Hydrangea (left) gets a much needed trim to create valuable planting revamping-the-garden-yir-sept1space underneath.  The Arbor garden (middle) was given a total revamping.  In the third photo (right)  the end results of the Woodland Garden after transplanting and a good rainfall.  In October, the second most popular post was  Look What I got in the Mail! when I received the much coveted Hydrangea ‘Pinky Winky’ via mail-order.  After seeing it on Joy’s blog I knew I had to add it to my garden as well.   October was a great month for adding new perennials, bulbs and a great Welcome Sign blogaversary prize that I won from Tina!  Some of the new additions are pictured below.  From Left to right (Bicolor Muscari, Foxtail Lily ‘Bungei’, Purple Sensation Alliums, and my lovely handmade garden sign)2009-01-03_163556

(photos of bulbs are courtesy of www.dutchbulbs.com)

I also participated in the Garden Blogger Fall Color Project  in October which was hosted by Dave.  November brought cooler temps and the first frost which had me musing on the approach of winter as I created the following poem.   It was also a month for reliving my former glory years with Deb from Aunt Debbi’s Garden.  But mostly November was a month for fall cleanup, planting bulbs and preparing the garden for winter.   The remaining color was coming from the foliage on the ornamental shrubs and what was left on the trees.  mosaic8312398

Last but not least is the month of December.    I was rewarded with roses in December  and was fortunate to participate in a seed swap with other generous garden bloggers.  This is the time of the year when we are busy celebrating the holidays with our families.  My family enjoyed our yearly traditions and I enjoyed the opportunity to share some of them with all of you.  Hope you enjoyed my review of my half year in the garden blogging realm.  🙂2009-01-03_183353


12 responses to this post.

  1. You’ve accomplished a lot this year and should give yourself a good pat on the back! I love the flower photos – that foxtail lily is quite stunnning.

    Thank you Amy. It was a busy year for the garden but it should pay off come next season. Thanks, that was a new addition for me this fall, hopefully it comes up & does well.


  2. The second half of the year seemed more flush and great! May this year bring a better garden to your home.

    Thanks Chandramouli, the second half was about work, work & more work. 🙂


  3. Goodness gracious! Those foxtail lillies, muscari and alliums sure are eye catchers! I love all of these. I don’t have the foxtails but may have to try at some point. Can’t wait to see what this year brings to your wonderful garden!

    Those were the pictures I got from Dutchbulbs, aren’t the colors amazing!? I had to have these beauties when I purchased the bulbs last summer. I’ve never grown Foxtails either and I’m hoping they do well in my garden. Thanks Tina! 🙂


  4. Racquel,

    How much space is needed for the Foxtail Lilies? I love the spikes — do they bloom alongside your purple allium? I’ve never tried the Foxtails, and this will be my first year with allium.


    About 24″ of space is needed as I recall. I’ve never grown them either, so this will be a new experience for me. They are in the same location as the Alliums which have the same bloom cycle. I’ve grown lots of Alliums for years, just not Purple Sensation. I love the spikes too. 🙂


  5. Racquel,
    You indeed had a prosperous/productive year! That Fox Tail is incredible, I’ve never seen anything like it.

    Hi Randy, it was busy year for me in the garden. I’ve been wanting to try those Foxttail Lillies for years and I was quite excited to add these to my collection of plants. 🙂


  6. Great wrap up Racquel. I remember most of this going on when it happened. I love the foxtails so much I added more to my garden too (I had yellow, and planted orange in the fall) so I’m looking forward to spring as well. I hope all your new plants do great but I don’t know how they can’t since you put down all that wonderful compost!

    Thanks Kathleen! 🙂 I remember how tired I was during all these projects, lol. I can’t wait to see your orange foxtails next season. I had to have the yellow ones and if they do well I might try some of the other colors as well. Thanks for the good wishes, I’m on pins and needles for spring & summer to get here now.


  7. Just wonderful, can’t wait to see it all emerge again this spring. I started blogging in August of 08, I think, so I missed a lot of good stuff! I have read mixed reviews on how and when to plant and prune hydrangeas, any suggestions would be most helpful. Thank you.

    Thanks Darla, neither can I. Well then my recap caught you up on all the stuff you missed, that’s good. 😉 I tend to plant my hydrangeas in the fall, but some like the Oakleaf do better planted in the spring. I also prune mine in the fall when they are dormant, but this was more of a trimup on the Limelight to give it a tree shape rather than a large bush. Hope this was helpful!


  8. Another enjoyable recap Racquel!

    Glad you enjoyed it Susie, hope you are feeling better. 🙂


  9. What a great post. You covered a lot of ground. Love your choice of bulbs. I wasn’t so adventurous and got the same old…

    Thank you Marnie. I tried to cover the highlights of the past year. 🙂 Thanks, I was happy with my selections. I have to admit I am attracted to the beautiful photos they display in the catalogs. Hope they are just as beautiful in real life. lol


  10. Posted by spookydragonfly on January 5, 2009 at 5:44 am

    Your yard looks so inviting. I love that clematis, I’d like to get a pink variety, I just have a common blue. You certainly have variety in your garden!

    Thanks Spooky! Clematis are one of my favorite perennials for the garden, everyone can spare some vertical space. 🙂 This is a nice one for a small trellis becasue he doesn’t get too tall.


  11. Great accomplishments Racquel,looking forward to seeing what will be accomplished this year.


  12. Racquel, I’ve been so impressed with all that you have accomplished this past year! Glad you added some links to previous posts–I think I missed the one about your and Aunt Debbi; it’s a small world, isn’t it?


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