Like I wrote in Part I, May and June were all about the roses and the daylilies. The garden behind my house is a very traditional English cottage style garden. It departs from the English ideal with its fencing of split rail and chicken wire. The chicken wire is at the base and is barely noticeable. It helps to keep the hungry bunnies from eating everything green in early spring. Due to breaks in the fence, I still get a bunny or two. For some reason (knock on wood), the deer don’t like this garden. They like everything else in the yard. Perhaps, that is due to all of the super thorny roses like ‘New Dawn’ growing along the fence. Maybe the arbors confuse them.
During May, I shared all my rosey secrets. I introduced you to the Austins, but told you that if I planted a new rose garden, I would probably not include anymore of them. That was controversial. A lot of you adore the Austins, but I maintain that they thrive in better weather than we have here. Fair damsels and gentlemen, they want a climate not unlike their native England, and they don’t enjoy our high humidity and wilting heat overmuch. Portland or Seattle would be a very good place to grow them I think.
As always, May brought wild weather to our state. On May 8, the Diva, Bear and I went to T-Mobile to replace my cell phone. A tornado came close, and we ended up with the entire staff huddled in a hallway.
My hoes took over my blog to complain about working conditions in “It’s Hard out Here for a Hoe.”
In April, the most popular post I’ve ever written debuted. Who knew so many people wanted to grow a Japanese maple in the great state of Oklahoma? I only wrote it because I’d bought a new ‘Tamukeyama’ tree, and I was in the process of planting it. At last count, this post has been viewed 1.175 times. I’ve used it on Examiner.com too.
I can’t leave April behind without discussing the fabulous Spring Fling, where one of my favorite places was the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Oh, what fun we had. It was a scary thing going all the way down to Austin to visit with folks I only knew through their words and pictures. Kudos go to Pam from Digging, MSS from Zanthan Gardens and Diana from Sharing Nature’s Garden and all the others who helped them throw a wonderful party. It was great to see their gardens and realize we grow many of the same plants, only mine are always a month behind theirs. Thanks again, ladies, for such a good time.
At the end of March, my world was purple from Redbud trees and gray from cloudy skies. The exciting spring weather season had started in earnest, and we had tornadoes nearby. I wrote about Bear’s birthday and how much had changed in nine years. Perhaps, I will have a little gardener follow in my footsteps.
At a request from Dave at the Home Garden, in February, I wrote about my gardening niche, and I had to think about that one. HH and I left the red dirt kids at home and went to New York City. I bet you can guess what was my favorite part. There were signs of life in the garden in February, and it made me glad. The good folks at Gardening Gone Wild, through their Garden Bloggers’ Design Workshop, challenged us to write on color, and I reflected on color as navigator in the garden. I want to thank them for making me think about gardening in new ways throughout this past year.
I also wrote another post about roses. Do we see a theme emerging?
In January, at the urging of my dear friend and gardener, Mary Ann of Idaho Gardener, I wrote about the origins of my garden and how it has grown over the years. We did a lot more work on the garden last year, and I think some of that was due to this blog. Projects gave me more about which to write and dream.
I didn’t always write of gardening. Sometimes, I wrote about food, like this entry about our dinner with Fr. Shane. BTW, he is coming to my house in six days to make another fabulous meal. I’ll try to take pictures.
Oh, and look, another post about roses of memory combining my two loves of roses and reading.
That’s it. The year in review. I want you all to know how much I’ve enjoyed this past year with all its gardening, cooking, travel, reading and writing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this blog. Your comments make me think, laugh and smile.