Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year!

We are starting out this new year with a little freezing rain. The temperature is hovering around freezing, so we are not expecting a major ice storm like the one from December 2013. Click the link for more info on that icy event.


A few little icicles like the ones on this possumhaw holly are enough for me.

Retrospects on the previous year are common as we enter a new year. I have done those on this blog before, but I have not had the time lately. You may have noticed that I have only had holiday posts since November.

For those that like retrospects, Google automatically created a Year In Photos using my garden photos from 2014. It is 45 seconds of photos that I added to Google in the last year. And it is set to music! Google did not make sharing easy. When you click the play button, the movie may open in this window. If it does, you will need to click the back button on your browser to return here. (After much tinkering, I think I got the link to open in a new window.)


I am not sure how they chose those photos. Maybe they were the most viewed? The one of flea beetles eating coreopsis reminded me that I need to put out some beneficial nematodes to try to control some of the pests as they overwinter in the soil and mulch. Up until the last couple of years, I did not have any problems with insect pests on my ornamental and vegetable plants, but it looks like they have added my garden as a favorite destination in their fine dining guide. I hope 2015 brings some balance to their populations and a lot less destruction.


Although I am not doing a full blown retrospect of 2014, I could not resist a few pictures from the front garden on a sunny afternoon last week. As far as I am concerned, the dried stems and seeds, backlit by the late afternoon sun, are just as attractive as the garden when it is in full bloom in the spring or the fall.


The copper stems of little bluestem with the fuzzy silver seeds stand out in the garden.


Normally, I remove the gayfeather seed stalks as soon as the flowers fade to curb excessive reseeding. 


At
 the moment I am glad I did not remove them. I may be regretting that decision in a few months if I am plucking out thousands of little gayfeather seedlings. 


Pine muhly and gayfeather surround a spineless prickly pear.


Here is a wider view.


And a close up of the many dried seeds on a gayfeather flower stalk. This stalk branched out as it grew, rather than growing as a single stalk.


More little bluestem with a few coneflower seed heads.


Variegated Yucca gloriosa in the background and Yucca pallida in the foreground. The second photo in the Google Year In Pictures shows the Yucca gloriosa from last January. I was surprised at how much it had grown and how much healthier it looks now. 


This last picture is of bushy bluestem and more gayfeather. 

Coming up for 2015, the Plano Garden Club asked if my garden could be on their tour this year. I agreed, but did not find out until later that it is a two day tour. I have lots of preparation work for this one since there is a paid admission. I just gulped hard because I realized that the tour date is less than four months away. Yikes! I have a week of vacation time scheduled for mid-March so I can prepare for the late April tour. I hope the weather cooperates that week and for the tour.

14 comments:

  1. Your year in photos turned out very well with good combinations. Mine was so oddly random I wouldn't publish it. I especially like the liatris, of course.

    Two days, that is challenging. If the ice stays at bay, a March tour will be pretty with the wildflowers blooming.

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    1. Shirley, I only have my blog photos on Google and they are mostly my garden, so there is some consistency. It would be nice if there were a way to pick the photos that are used.
      The garden club tour will be at the end of April. Many of the plants are still coming out of dormancy at that time. The winter weather will play a key in how far along they are at that time. I am working on adding a few non plant elements to the garden in case the plants are not very far along.

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  2. Your garden looks fabulous, love the backlighting. I've been considering planting Liatris and those pics of the fluffy seed heads just sealed the deal!

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    1. Scott, I have lots of seeds if you want some, although I am not sure this variety would work up there. I think these are Liatris mucronata.

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  3. You captured those beautiful seed heads at their best. So nice that such plants take us through the winter shining on sunny days. It seems Google doesn't have enough photos to do one of those videos for me. Wonder what their source is that I don't have any. Another tour- congratulations on being chosen.

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    1. Rock rose, my blog photos are stored on Picasa. Google sent an email to my Google accoun a week or so ago with a link to the video. When I play my video on a browser that is not signed into Google, there is a link to sign in and see if you have a link to a Year in Photos. You might give it a try if your pictures are saved on a Google product.

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  4. Will you be back on the Plano Waterwise Tour, too?

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    1. Collagemama, I have not heard from the city about this year’s Waterwise Tour. I know it is on May 16. I will probably do it if they want me. After that, I will probably stay off the circuit for a while.

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  5. Your garden is absolutely gorgeous in winter, too! We missed the freeze but got a few droplets. Thank you for the tour!

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    1. Thanks Linda. I like the browns of winter as much as the colors of spring and fall. The one season of my garden that I am not too fond of is summer, but I am working on that.

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  6. Happy New Year, Michael. Looking forward to more of your progress in `15. Will soon be time to dig rosettes here.

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    1. Happy New Year to you Randy. For some reason, I do not get email notifications when you and a couple of other people leave comments. I just happened to notice this one. I am ready to start digging in the dirt.

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  7. All of those seedheads backlit is absolutely magical! Your garden does not disappoint at all in the winter, that's for sure.

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    1. Thanks Lori. All of those gayfeather seedheads are gone now. I clipped them off last weekend because the seeds were beginning to fall to the ground. I don't need that many gayfeather plants!

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