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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

My Garden Blogging Year in Review - 2014

On this last day of 2014 I'm going through my year and highlighting some of the garden-related happenings that I posted about.

In January at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show, I bought a bunch of Tillandsias, my first try with them. Most of them are still alive! I posted about making a holder for one of them here.

Tillandsia in a birdhouse

In February, the big news was that the entire front garden got redone, including a greenhouse and the strange copper pergola that Nigel christened Alison's Folly. I posted about the greenhouse here, and continued to post about it on a semi-regular basis all year. I had great success using it for my tomatoes over the summer, and right now it is stuffed to the gills with all my tender plants. It's much more crowded now than it was back in February.

My greenhouse will never look this tidy again

In March, I went to Portland for the Yard, Garden and Patio Show, and posted about it here. I met my friend Peter The Outlaw Gardener there, and we had a great time.

No, that's not Peter! It's a Buddha dressed in an orange scarf at the Yard, Garden and Patio Show in Portland

In April, the spring Portland Garden Bloggers Plant Exchange took place on a Sunday at the home and garden of blogger Jenni, the Rainy Day Gardener. Nigel came with me and I posted about it here.

What a group!

May was a very busy month! I met blogger Emily Khan who writes All Things Emily, and visited her sweet garden in Seattle, which I wrote about here. That was a treat! I also visited the Elisabeth C. Miller Botanical Garden for the first time with my new friend Annette, which I posted about here. I revisited the garden of NPA member Shelagh Tucker, a garden I first experienced during the Seattle Fling. I was thrilled to share this garden with Peter, which I wrote about here.

Emily and her husband sliced up their concrete patio and relaid it in strips

Trillium and Hosta at the Miller garden

I fell in love with this blooming Clematis montana 'Marjorie' in Shelagh Tucker's garden

What happened in June? Well, I attended the NPA's Hardy Plant Study Weekend, which entailed attending classes in the morning, and touring gardens in the afternoons. I posted about some of those gardens in my blog.

Bob Barca's Hummingbird Hill
Susie Marglin's Garden
Millie Livingston's Garden
Denise Lane's Garden

In July, I traveled all the way across the country to visit my son, and while there I visited the fabulous garden of blogger Deanne Fortnam in New Hampshire.  I posted about it here (she writes the blog Fortnam Gardens).

Deanne's hot tropical border in New Hampshire

In August, the frantic pace of garden visiting slowed down. I wrote about my trip to Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo, which has a fabulous garden, here.

Great foliage combos st the Tacoma Zoo

In September, I wrote about visits to two local gardens -- PowellsWood and the Soos Creek Botanical Garden.
Bench in the lower garden at PowellsWood

Reflecting pond at Soos Creek

In October I hosted the Garden Bloggers Plant Exchange right here at my garden. I posted about it here, and my friend Peter The Outlaw Gardener also wrote about it here and here. Boy, was that an exciting get-together!

Portland bloggers contemplate plant offerings

In November we had our first frost and our first snow, and for once I actually posted some pictures of my own garden. We've had plenty more frosty days and nights since then, in fact, we're in the middle of another freeze right now. But fortunately, there has been no more snow.

Frosty leaves in my garden

Snowy conifer

While perusing the various posts on my blog for 2014, I couldn't help noticing that except for Garden Bloggers Bloom Day and Foliage Followup, and a handful of Favorite Plant in the Garden posts, it seems I post more about other gardens than I do about my own. One of my resolutions for 2015 is to post more about what's going on right here! I have plans for more changes in my garden that I'd like to share with everyone.

Here's hoping 2015 is a great year for all of you.


  1. Happy New Year , Allison ! A wonderful gardening year it's been !

  2. I will be looking forward to whatever garden you post about, but especially your own!

  3. Happy New Year, Alison! One of the highlights of my garden year was visiting your gorgeous garden. :)

  4. I thoroughly enjoyed all your photos of other people's gardens, Alison, but I look forward to seeing more of your wonderful garden in the new year. The new year has already arrived for many bloggers and ours on the west coast is almost here - in fact, I'm seeing the first fireworks in the distance from my window now! Enjoy the holiday and best wishes!

  5. Happy New Year!
    I need that clematis in my life.
    I received my first air plant ever for Christmas and I'm pretty dang excited about it.

  6. Happy New Year Alison and I hope 2015 will be a good gardening year for you.

  7. You've had an eventful and fun year Alison, Happy New Year and may the fun continue!

  8. You had a wonderful year. I am reviewing all the gardens you visited. I need to get out more. Happy New Year.

  9. Look forward to hearing more about your plans Alison, although your garden is lovely as it is. Changing things around is just too exciting, that's the trouble! Have a very Happy New Year.

  10. Happy New Year, dear friend! What an exciting year in review! Thanks for the link love and thank you for the privilege of being part of some of your adventures! I look forward to another year of fun in the garden at home and new adventures. Are you going to put your garden in the NPA tour book this year? Come on, you know you want to!

  11. After following your posts all year, it was fun to have this glimpse back. More fun ahead!

  12. What a great gardening year you have had. Have a wonderful 2015 Alison.

  13. Happy New Year, Alison! You've seen a lot of gardens and I enjoyed getting a digital glimpse of them. Looking forward to seeing more of your garden!

  14. Congratulations on a great gardening year, and all the fun of a greenhouse. I enjoyed your tours, I like the variegated Trillium, and the New Hampshire hot tropical border. Happy New Year!

  15. What a wonderful year, Alison!
    I am getting blogging-lazy and admire your nice job putting together the main events of the year!

  16. I am in love with that clematis now too, and your shots of the frosty leaves and snowy conifer are beautiful.

    A very nice year end review. You visited a lot of gardens last year!

  17. It's been a big year for you and your gardening adventures, Alison. You've experienced a lot with your garden from the past year, and I'm sure you learned a lot as well. I sure hope that this new year will be as busy for you. I'm sure you'd love that. Thanks for sharing! All the best to you! :)

    Mike Mcmillen @ Dependable Lawn Care, LLC

  18. It seems that your garden adventures brought so much enjoyment to you, and I’m glad to hear that. The gardens you shared are all breathtaking. Your passion in gardening and visiting lots of them can be really good for your mind and body. Keep that up, Alison! Thanks for sharing that! All the best to you!

    Raymond Quinn @ River Oaks Plant House

  19. I enjoyed reading your blog as I also like gardening. I think it's a great idea to do a plant swap with your neighbours, this is something I would like to organise in the future. You garden looks lovely I especially like the pond and you have some nice plants in your green house too. Good luck with your garden this year.

    Norberto @ Thorburn Landscapes


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