Helleborus x hybridus (Lenten rose)
Looking Back At 2020 In The Garden
The first two months were dominated by hellebores and winter daphne. Then I posted Middle March 2020, mentioning how much I missed seeing my Gentle Yoga students that morning.
Middle March Blooms
It was a changed world. The wellness center where I taught closed that week temporarily and I used my reawakening spring garden as backdrop for several meditation videos.
Southwest Corner – Iris, Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’
Days turned into months. Although the wellness center eventually re-opened with some virtual and some limited in-person classes, out of caution I have not yet returned to the studio. And though for now my yoga classes no longer exist I have kept my teaching schedule on my calendar. Nostalgia? Optimism? Inertia?
Salvia greggii ‘Furman’s Red’ (Autumn Sage) and Stock
With teaching on hold I turned more fiercely to the garden and, as probably true for many of you, it became my refuge.
Hydrangea quercifolia ‘Ruby Slippers’ (Lil’ Ruby dwarf Oakleaf Hydrangea)
The garden brought frustrations but those were greatly outweighed by rewards. Growing and nurturing seeds and plants connected me with nature and beauty.
Hemerocallis (Daylily) from Mercers’ in Fayetteville, NC
And sharing the garden through this blog kept open an avenue for relationships—keeping me grounded, bringing in joy. Thank you for playing along.
Echinacea purpurea (Purple Coneflower)
In A Vase On Monday
Throughout the past year searches in my garden sometimes yielded precious few flowers from which to fashion weekly Monday vases; however, frequently there were ample flowers—even a choice; and occasionally an armful of flowers made for a joyous bounty. This is one of my favorites.
Mother’s Day – May 11, 2020
I have assembled a gallery of In A Vase On Monday contributions for the entire past year. This is one other favorite.
Purple And Other Flora -June 8, 2020
Between May 30 and November 16, 2020, a variety of butterflies graced the garden, beginning with this gorgeous male monarch.
Monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus)
The butterflies I saw this year are not particularly unusual in my area but some I observed for the first time, including this Viceroy.
Viceroy (Limenitis archippus)
I was particularly thrilled to see this Pipevine Swallowtail. Last year (2019) was the first time I had seen one.
Pipevine Swallowtail (Battus philenor)
More butterflies and other pollinators were featured in Garden Benefits, Butterfly Sightings Today, October’s Beginning, Garden Delights and other random posts, as well as on iNaturalist.
Common Buckeye (Junonia coenia)
A Week Of Blooms
In November I began creating a retrospective of sorts for this past gardening year, sifting through hundreds of photographs so I could join Cathy at Words and Herbs in sharing in A Week Of Blooms. She suggested it might be just the thing to dispel the gloom of increasingly dark days as we headed toward winter—and it worked. It was fun seeing flowers from other gardens and I enjoyed creating these seven daily entries.
- Anemone from February 27, 2020
- Snapdragons in the northern border and penstemon in the meditation circle
- Southern Side Path in April
- Three weeks of Peonies
- Shasta daisies
- Dahlias May to November
I especially enjoyed looking back at the irises, the floral highlight of my spring garden.
Iris ‘Helen Collingwood’
So many plants have yet to be mentioned but they will come around again. The cycle of the garden begins again.