According to Blogger I made my first blog post on March 5, 2010 which means today is my four-year anniversary! One of the main reasons for creating this blog was so I'd document everything I did in the garden, and I have to admit I've done a pretty good job of that. Did I list every detail of every task I did? No, certainly not. I missed lots of stuff, including some important details such as what exact varieties of veggies I planted, spacings, fertilization schedules, etc. but I also shared a lot of things that I would normally have just observed and enjoyed for myself, and have hopefully given some entertainment and knowledge to my readers. This past year was a bit different, in that I also heavily documented our two-week roadtrip to Yellowstone -- so it went way beyond my own garden.
Today, as I've done every March 5 since I started, I'm going to take a look back over the past year and list my favorite posts in chronological order. If you haven't seen them before please take a look. If you have seen them already, then take another look -- it's still fun! I did this type of post on my previous anniversaries too, and I really like the way they turned out. Expect it every year.
As I hinted at yesterday, last week I spent a couple of days in Savannah. The first day was cold and rainy, but the second was sunny, allowing me to think it was spring!
Sure, it was fairly cold that morning (40ºF or so), but it looked a lot warmer. That's all that really mattered though, as it turns out I wasn't able to get outside that day.
Last Friday I found myself wandering the streets of an unfamiliar southern city, soaking up the sunshine, enjoying the spring -- at least it seemed like spring to me.
Taking a different route back to the hotel after a late breakfast, this window display caught my eye. What were these whimsical, wooly wonders? Some sort of stylized stuffed toys? Piñatas?
About a month ago I saw notice from Timber Press about a new book that was now available, and I immediately got excited. You see, although they publish so many great books about nature, plants, and gardening already, many of them don't strike a chord with me. Books about plants and gardens are like the plants and gardens themselves, in that they're a personal thing -- sometimes a plant (or book) gets you excited, and sometimes it doesn't.
Well, Attracting Beneficial Bugs to Your Garden: A Natural Approach to Pest Control by Jessica Walliser got me excited! Perhaps it was because I really love insects -- they're one of my favorite things about a garden -- but it could also have been the fact that other than a stray hover fly, the odd house spider, and several fungus gnats I hadn't seen any insects for four months, but I immediately sent an email to Timber Press begging to be sent a copy to review.
Well, at least my legs are. Tired of mulch that is. That huge (approximately 10 cubic yards) pile of wood chipping on my driveway finally got shifted this past weekend...
...at least partially. Last year I moved the entire pile myself (64 wheelbarrow loads!) over two days, but this year I had a friend helping me for the first day. He loaded while I wheeled, which gave me a short rest in between trips into the back yard. So nice!
This is the time of the year when the sedges really impress me. Sure they may have been protected from the coldest weather by a blanket of snow, but look at the lovely greenness!
That's Carex 'Everest', showing more green than anything else grassy in my garden right now. The ornamental grasses are brown and most of the bamboos are too, but the Carex just won't quit.
Saturday was another mild one here in St. Louis, and I took the opportunity to take a closer look at my cactus bed. I was not sure what I'd find but expected to see some prickly plants that held up better than others.
As I approached, at least I could make out some familiar forms -- they hadn't all turned to mush under the snow. That's a good start, right?
Yesterday was a weird weather day for much of the middle of the country. Here in St. Louis it was unexpectedly warm, the temperature of 72ºF (22ºC) at least 10ºF higher than forecast, and wow, was it windy!
Then around 3PM a line of strong thunderstorms moved in and a torrent of rain came down. This is the type of thing my garden needed last summer but never got. Strange to be seeing it in February.