Reflections on 2018

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The brand new 12 months is already per week outdated, however now that the Christmas decorations have lastly been put away, I’ve a while to mirror on the previous 12 months.  2018 was definitely eventful, stuffed with dizzying joys and the depths of despair.  However one in all my resolutions for this 12 months is to attempt to discover one thing constructive in day-after-day, so I wish to concentrate on the great components of 2016.

January 2016 was actually an terrible month for me, full of private loss.  However despite all that, the numerous birds on the feeders supplied for some quiet moments of enjoyment and a reminder that life goes on despite harsh situations.

February introduced its share of snow, and extra time was spent having fun with the wonders of nature from the consolation of my lounge window.  By the tip of the month, nonetheless, we had a reprieve from winter, and daffodils started an early emergence from the soil.

March-can there be something extra uplifting to your spirits than the looks of the primary spring flowers?  March is a fickle month within the Midwest, generally bringing the worst of winter climate, however final 12 months all I keep in mind is that it was heat and exquisite.  By the tip of the month, daffodils, hyacinths, and lots of different spring bulbs had been in full bloom, and I used to be busy getting an early begin on cleansing up the backyard.

April, too, can generally break your coronary heart with a teasing of spring that disappears below extra chilly or fixed days of rain.  However not so final year–April 2016 was superb!  Spring, as I’ve typically mentioned, is my favourite season of the 12 months, and final 12 months’s spring was distinctive with heat climate and a each day explosion of blooms from all my tulips.  New inexperienced development was sprouting all over the place.


A heat April meant that many of the tulips and different spring bloomers had pale by the primary of Could.  Irises and peonies took heart stage as an alternative, though the month was extra of a transition time within the backyard.  Could is all the time the busiest month for me, as I plant containers and annuals within the flowerbeds and attempt to full a number of different backyard chores.  My decision for this 12 months is attempt to decelerate and revel in this stunning month extra, though I believe that will likely be onerous to alter.

Ah, June–my favourite month of the 12 months.  The backyard was bursting with coloration by mid-month, however it did not take me lengthy to decide on one photograph of the numerous I took throughout this time: coneflowers and butterflies–two of my favorites!  If it was potential to freeze time and simply dwell sooner or later again and again, I’d decide a sunny day in June with swaths of coneflowers blooming and alive with bees and butterflies.

July introduced much more coloration as coneflowers competed with lilies, a brand new one blooming every day it appeared.  I’ve develop into hooked on all types of lilies and may’t actually decide a favourite though ‘Stargazer,’ which grew to new heights this 12 months, would positively be a contender.

If coneflowers signify June and lilies signify July, then the right alternative for August must be zinnias.  I’ve proven the ‘Zowie’ zinnias, one in all my favorites, again and again on Fb and on summer season posts right here, however I did develop different zinnias as properly.  All of them carried out exceptionally this 12 months, in all probability because of the climate.  It was a heat summer–not ungodly scorching, however constantly scorching all through the season in order that backyard work was relegated to early mornings solely.  In addition to the nice and cozy climate, we had constant rainfall as properly, in order that all the pieces appeared to develop taller and fuller than ever earlier than.

September introduced asters, goldenrod, the ‘Limelight’ hydrangea, and Japanese anemones in addition to just a few different fall-bloomers. The warmth continued by the final month of summer season, and I spent many moments having fun with the shade of the entrance porch watching the goldfinches feast on the fading coneflowers and the antics of hummingbirds.  The nice and cozy climate meant the hummers stayed longer than regular; my final customer stayed till the second week of October.


By October, a lot of the backyard sensed the tip of the 12 months, although continued heat weather–and no frost!–kept many issues blooming longer than regular.  The Amsonia hubrichtii, which normally has a golden hue by October, stayed practically inexperienced till November.  The bushes had been sluggish to show as properly, and lots of did not drop their leaves till December.

If one month symbolizes the acute highs and lows of 2016, it needs to be November.  On November 2, the Cubs gained the World Sequence, ending a 108-year drought for long-suffering Cubs followers like myself.  Except you are a baseball fan, you in all probability will not perceive the joyous delirium all of us felt. However you’ll perceive the enjoyment I felt simply three days later when my eighth grandchild, a valuable little lady, was born.  The opposite two granddaughters are older, so I’m wanting ahead to tea events and princess and fairy make-believe as soon as once more!

As for the low, properly, the next week was the Presidential election.  Nothing else must be mentioned, though I’ve vowed to attempt to be kinder and to be extra lively, talking up for what I imagine within the coming 12 months.

As for the backyard, the primary frost lastly arrived on November 12, the most recent first frost ever recorded in our space.  So no matter else may be mentioned about 2016, it was an excellent 12 months within the garden–the longest blooming season in my reminiscence!

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