The Year in Review

         Happy New Years Eve


photo takes at St. Lawrence Market, Toronto     

Does this look a bit like the Times Square New Years. Just waiting for the ball (or star) to drop.     

 I hope that you all had a lovely Christmas and will have a Happy and Healthy New Years, (and get slightly polluted).     

I thought that I would take some time and list what I have accomplished this year. Sometimes, all you see is what you have to accomplish, not what you have accomplished. It took a regular reader, thank you BarbaraH, to point out how much my hedges have grown since I first planted them, all I could see, is how much more they need to grow, before they hide the Deliverance house.     

What did I accomplish in 2009? (I am only listing the large projects, not the day-to-day weeding, lawn cutting etc.)     

1. I planted (finally) the lindens that I want to pleach (wish me luck on this) in the Lime Walk.    

2. Two yew hedges were planted to create another garden room, I have no plans for this at the moment, but I am referring to it as the Yew Garden, so Ian knows what I am talking about.     




3. The Serviceberry Allee was started.    



4. The line of Emerald cedars on the north side of what will be my path leading from the driveway to the front door, has been planted.               

Our one day path









5. The Peony Walk (all I seem to have is walks, couldn’t I come up with another name?) has been started. The peonies on the north side have been planted.        

6. A new bed was built on the west side of the Kitchen Garden for Teza.       

 7. The stone stairs up to the cedar berm.       








When I look at this list, I do feel proud off all that Ian and I have accomplished. It is just a weekend home (and not every weekend). We do have to take some time and smell the flowers as well as plant them.        



38 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Joy said,

    Deborah you should be proud ! .. You have accomplished so much, and the on going potential will be fantastic for you even as a weekend home ?
    It truly is a garden soul quenching oasis for you : )
    I can’t wait to see how it progresses and how gorgeous it is going to be !
    Well done girl : )

  2. 3

    It is so rewarding to step back and see what we’ve accomplished. Sometimes it is difficult to see past what needs to be done, and just enjoy what is. Your garden is beautiful, and I can’t wait to watch the transitions that take place in 2010! Best wishes for a wonderful new year!!

    • 4

      That is one of the best parts of gardening blogging, following your progress in the garden, thru words and pictures. And getting kind and constructive comments as well. Hope you have a great 2010.

  3. 5

    Wow – you really accomplished alot! You really must sit back and enjoy the results once in a while. I hope that’s on your list for 2010.
    Happy New Year!

  4. 7

    kiki said,

    Fabulous work…such a creative garden…it is super lovely and there will be years to enjoy from it! You have a touch of magic in all you do..Bravo!!

  5. 9

    Barbara H. said,

    Thank you for the credit. But many more thanks for the inspirations you give us all. You’ve changed the way I think about my property. i won’t do all that you’ve done but I’ve definitely shifted my planting plans.

    A long time ago I realized when looking at a partially crossed off list that no one could have possibly accomplished everything on it in the day or weekend that I had alloted to the tasks. It was a life changer – looking at what was done rather than what was left to do.

    • 10

      I think that is a lesson that everyone should learn, for their everyday life as well as their garden.
      Thank you for all your kind comments about my garden. I am glad that I have inspired you.

  6. 11

    You have really laid the bones for a great gardening space.

    Enjoy it! And a happy new year to you and yours!

  7. 13

    leavesnbloom said,

    congratulations – you’ve really achieved alot in one year especially with your time commitments. Oh I can’t wait to see those Lindens maturing. Happy new Year

  8. 15

    Anna said,

    Hi Deborah – well done you ! It’s always encouraging to make a list of what you have done and especially rewarding when you have recently embarked on a long term project. May 2010 be just as productive. Best wishes for the new year !
    P.S. A small package will be on its way soon – have been sidetracked by Christmas 🙂

  9. 17

    Hi Deborah, You have certainly accomplished a lot with your beautiful garden. Gardening does teach us patience, doesn’t it? But in a few years those hedges and other plantings will be maturing, and everything will gorgeous. However lovely the future may be, the present is also very nice. I look forward to seeing what 2010 will bring to your garden.

  10. 19

    teza said,

    The list of achievements is endless…… I am greedy in my happiness that you became part of the Blotanical family, and that I can count you as one of my true friends….. still falling in supplication at the idea that you have reserved a spot for me to come and add some of Teza’s treasure to Kilbournegrove…… not often does a certified plant geek get an opportunity like this!
    I am confident that your garden escapades in the coming year will bring forth bounteous results…. I cannot wait to see them come to fruition! Also looking forward to your contribution to Teza & Friends Garden Forum! Happy New Year dearheart!

  11. 21

    Hmmm..I was sure I posted here yesterday. Anyhow, your progress post looks great, you’ve accomplished so much. It’s going to look amazing as it grows this year. I really look forward to watching the development! You & Ian should be very proud.

  12. 23

    Wendy said,

    You’ve done a LOT this year – it all looks fantastic! Funny that you say all you have are “walks”. I think you should make each area rhyme, or start with the same letter – peony pass? peony portico? peony path? 🙂

    • 24

      Great names Wendy, how about peony promenade or peony parade. However, I am thinking about planting fragrant shrubs behind the peonys, so you walk through a cloud of perfume. Now I am going to need something starting with an F.

  13. 25

    Barbara said,

    Great idea for a post, and it was fun to see this summary of what you’ve done – a lot. How about “Peony Lane” as an alternative name? Although Wendy’s suggestion of alliterative names is certainly more poetic. Happy New Year!

  14. 27

    fairegarden said,

    You have done well, Deborah, and Ian. The walks and rooms and berms all will give you a future of enclosure and pleasure. These are the backbones of the garden to be and seem well thought out and executed. It will be exciting to see the changes each month and year of what has been planted and how you move forward towards achieving the vision! Too exciting. May your new year be wonderful, and all subsequent ones as well. 🙂

    • 28

      I am so looking forward to the enclosure, and especially the pleasure, lol. The backbone is certainly the most time consuming, but now that it is (mostly) planted, I am looking forward to playing with some perennials.
      Hope you have a great new year, Frances.

  15. 29

    Tatyana said,

    If I could, I would give you a medal! Great job Deborah! Happy New Year!

  16. 31

    redstudio said,

    What an inspiration you are! You have worked so hard and accomplished much. I love the paths in your garden. I think of parties, people strolling, drinking libations, and marveling at your design genius!

  17. 33

    Janie said,

    You are far more organized that I am, Deborah. I do a lot of things on the spur of the moment, and I am looking at my garden now with thoughts of changing it. Just the first little ideas have popped into my head…..My poor husband is shaking his head, but he knows it is too late already. LOL

    I hope you and Ian have a very Happy and Healthy New Year!

  18. 35

    miss m said,

    You (and Ian) have accomplished so much, Deborah ! Laying the bones is so important (and we’re not talking about the ones the Doctor might have discarded !). Tackling a project of this magnitude is no small feat ! Especially on a week-end schedule. Well done, you ! 🙂

    ps. I crack up every time you mention the ‘Deliverance’ house. 😀

    Have a wonderful and prosperous New Year, Deborah. Best wishes to you and yours and continued success in your wonderful garden endeavour.

  19. 37

    puppyparents said,

    Way to go Deb!
    Can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned for next spring!

    Here’s an idea for you, how about calling the Peony Walk the Peony Promenade?!
    Haha I love alliteration!


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