I think it was pretty good planning on the part of those ancient calendar makers to have the new year begin in the dead of winter. From this aspect, everything seems possible. Plans can be made, changes implemented, wrongs can be set right. The new year brings endless possibilities in life – and in the garden.
My friends at Iseli Nursery created a printed, limited edition, 2012 calendar for their current wholesale customers. They have also made available to the rest of us, a beautiful PDF version of that calendar, which is available to download from their website. I’m happy that I hadn’t already purchased a calendar for the new year, because I printed this one out, taped it together at home, and it looks great!
My hope for the new year is that more and more folks will begin to use my favorite dwarf, miniature (and full-size) conifers in their garden projects. Seriously, how else can you fill a garden with such a diverse pallet of year-round color, structure, texture and wildlife habitat?
First off, I have to say that I know the snow event we are coming out of here in the pacific northwest is really nothing compared to what others are enduring in other parts of the country. For us though, this was the biggest snow we’ve had in a long, long time. People are comparing it to the winter of 1968.
I was a young fella then, and I do remember enjoying that snow to its fullest! Now, forty years later, and with a different perspective on things, I don’t enjoy it quite as much as I did back then.
In 1968, I wasn’t concerned about pipes freezing or digging the car and driveway out for two days, or what effect the weight of the snow might have on my garden. No, in those days it was more about finding the best hill to sled down, or waiting for the snow to get to the right stickiness to make great snowballs and snowmen.
Now don’t misunderstand me, I love the snow and how it blankets the garden. In fact, I’ve included a few photos from my own garden and some from my friends at Iseli Nursery.
I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable New Year celebration and may we all find peace and prosperity in 2009!