Year End Garden Review 2014

This past year our garden suffered through a fourth consecutive year of drought, though our rainfall total was a bit up from 2013. It’s still a wonder that anything prospered! I’ve put together a slideshow to highlight just a few things that happened or grew around the yard and garden this past year.

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As I was adding the photos to the slideshow it suddenly struck me that most of my flowers are purple or pink! And just looking at them makes me wish spring was already here.

Here’s wishing everyone a very wonderful 2015 . . . and good gardening luck!

Picture Perfect Monday: Double Orange Daylily

Double Orange Daylily (Hemerocallis)
Double Orange Daylily (Hemerocallis) Blooming Summer 2014

A Touch Of Snow

According to last night’s weather forecast the snow was supposed to stay to the north and west of us. We were told we might expect only a few flakes. Looks like we got maybe an inch or so before it ended around noon!

Photinia fraseri

snowberries

snowgrass

snowprints

Merry Christmas!

I’d like to wish a special Merry Christmas to everyone who has taken the time to pay a visit to my blog over the past few months! I’ve only been blogging about my love of gardening and nature for a short time and I feel very fortunate to have met many wonderful people during that period. I appreciate those who’ve followed this blog and commented on my posts. I’ve come to feel very much a part of the great community of garden bloggers!

As a Christmas greeting this year I’d like to share some old postcards from a collection given to my husband. Several of these postcards are decorated with Holly leaves and berries, another plant, like the Poinsettia, that has become a symbol of Christmas over the years.

Christmas Postcard Postmarked December 22, 1923
Christmas Postcard Postmarked December 22, 1923

The sharp leaves of the Holly (of which there are many different species ranging in size from shrubs to trees) symbolize the crown of thorns worn by Jesus. The red berries represent His shed blood.

Christmas Postcard Postmarked December 20, 1919
Christmas Postcard Postmarked December 20, 1919

The purity of Jesus is represented by the white flowers of the Holly. The bitterness of the bark is representative of the gall given to Jesus as he hung on the cross. The green leaves of the Holly represent everlasting life.

These next few cards don’t have Holly in their artwork but have been included just because I like them!

Christmas Postcard Postmarked December 20, 1923
Christmas Postcard Postmarked December 20, 1923

The card above and the one below are actually 91 years old! I wish this type of card and message were still available today.

Christmas Postcard Postmarked December 20, 1923
Christmas Postcard Postmarked December 20, 1923

The card below just really caught my eye. It seems to project such innocence (if you ignore the toy cannon and soldiers!)

Christmas Postcard Postmarked December 21, 1923
Christmas Postcard Postmarked December 21, 1923

Merry Christmas!