Farewell, 2017

We’ve been in snow for over a week now, celebrating Christmas cozily while the garden sleeps.

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This seems the right time and place to review some ups and downs of the past year. Without getting too personal (this is a gardening journal, after all), it’s been both a challenging and rewarding year, as all years are, but with an emphasis on challenging for a host of family reasons. We’re definitely ending 2017 on a high note with the birth of our first grandchild on December 16. He was so eager to see the world that he showed up two weeks early. He’s a wonderful, miraculous gift. New life, new joy, new promise of beauty to come!

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2017 Gardening UPS:  A more attainable vision and realistic pace throughout the year; seeding success with poppies, delphinium, heliotrope and many other flowers; a fun few days away with fellow master gardeners and good friends at our statewide MG conference;  a hugely bountiful, extended broccoli and carrot harvest; success with starting a second barrel of elusive meconopsis; two new beds of beautiful strawberries; transition to wood chip paths and an automated drip system in veggie garden; enjoying giving advice to quirky clients at local MG plant clinics; wonderful dahlias; producing Coppertop maple syrup for the first time; a great new front garden; spring Wednesdays spent in 2nd grade classrooms teaching plant science; growing pumpkins for the first time.

2017 Gardening DOWNS: Devastating snow in November; a much smaller tree fruit harvest due to mid-spring freeze; rebel raccoons; disappointing asparagus harvest or decline of plants; spying my first rat at a bird feeder; returning home from a trip in April to trays of dead seedlings due to neglect; a potato harvest that left much to be desired; voles galore.

Yes, it’s worth it to continue this gardening adventure! Time in Coppertop gardens keeps me of sound mind. And I now have a precious grandson to whom I want to pass along my love of all things flora. I just know he’s bound to love Coppertop. Doesn’t he look fascinated?

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