I usually do a '10 best plants' for each year. But this year was so filled with surprises, I thought it best to get them recorded. Not all of them were positive surprises and some were downright terrible.
Still, all in all, this was a very good year for gardening along the Texas Gulf Coast.
Here are my top 10 surprises.
The house and garden next door are no more.
This was both good and bad. Watching them cut down the beautiful trees will always be one of the worst days of my life. But having more sunlight in my garden is a new and wonderful experience since my garden has been in mostly shade for the past 25 years.
The front cottage garden had its best year ever!
I tried over a dozen new plants and all of them worked nicely with what we already had.
The new types of sun coleus grew all summer without wilting.
Surprise #3: I had time to build a patio.
This was the high point of the past gardening year.
After 5 years, the plumerias finally bloomed!
Surprise #5: I had time to build a greenhouse wall.
I'm still not finished, but at least one wall is done. :0)
Surprise #6: It rained a lot during this third year of the Texas drought.
We are almost 10 inches behind on our annual rainfall, but we are still in much better shape than a year ago.
Surprise #7: Some of the builders are keeping the trees!
Our tall, majestic pines are the signature tree of this part of Houston.
Thankfully, some of the new homes have valued the forest canopy.
Thank-you from the bottom of my heart!
Surprise #8: I built an entire fence! It was the longest project of the summer.
Surprise #9: Tropical Texana still hasn't had a freeze in almost 3 years!
But we are bound to get one in January or February of 2014.
BTW: This shot is from the summer. My garden does NOT look like this in December.
Garden surprise #10: I have new garden art and statuary.
I inherited many fabulous gifts from the garden next door (the one that was demolished) including this
fun cat statue. Out cat Binky wants to make friends with the newest member of the garden family.
Well, that's it for today. I am hoping 2014 won't be quite as dramatic.
We shall see.
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