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Monday, January 31, 2011
One Year Ago Today
2010 was a bleak winter. Right in the middle of it our well was compromised and we had no choice but to replace it. You can read the low down on that project here if you don't remember it.
A brief recap: The garden was looking pretty desolate after so many days in a row of frosty/freezing temperatures. I took advantage of the very cold weather by having some sod removed (also had to have a tree removed) in three different places around the garden. I had lofty plans for redesigning this part of the back gardens. This area would become known as the circle garden.
One year later exactly.
This winter (2011) has dealt us some hard blows since early December. I'm going to say we've made progress since last year though. Progress is a comforting aspect of gardening.
With several more (in number and varieties) cold hardy plants in place things don't look as barren as last year. What do you think? You probably wouldn't tell me if you thought it looked worse or just as bad. Go ahead. I can take it. Promise.
No question I liked it better in October, too.
The circle garden has become the hub of that side of the back gardens connecting several large planting beds centrally. The ground cover and circular pine straw pathway distinguishing the space. Like spokes from a wheel there are winding pathways (some natural and some with flagstone stepping stones) leading out into the gardens in many directions from the center.
Today I was struck by the fact it had been one whole year since my edible garden was torn up from those heavy trucks plowing through it in order to dig the new well. Back then it was a little overwhelming. I wasn't sure how it would ever recover. I knew it would ... I just felt a little apprehensive about how long it might take.
There have been many hours of toil and lots of plants planted since that time. None of it in vain. Every bit inspiring me on to even more plans and more projects for the coming days. I'll give you a little hint... more lawn is coming out. :-)
Photo journals are great aren't they? If not for them I'd have a hard time remembering that just a few short months ago the garden actually was full of color and vibrancy. It's good to remember. Because I know it will only be a few short weeks and spring will be here and life in the garden will come alive once again.
Happy winter, my friends. Spring is soon to arrive. Meems