A Gardener’s New Year’s Resolutions

A Gardener’s New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again: New Year’s Resolution time. Some people make definite commitments for improvements while for others their main resolution is to remember to write the new date  correctly on their checks. As a plant and garden lover, my resolutions tend to revolve around varieties I want to grow and changes that could be made in the landscape. Here are a few of this gardener’s New Year’s resolutions…what are yours?

I will grow more Zinnias

Zinnias are perfect for cutting and adding color to garden beds. I want to grow more of this easy flower in 2019

I will remember to prune my dappled willow back hard in the spring.

Be it a tree form or shrub, the dappled willow needs hard pruning every spring to keep the plant in shape. Additionally, it’s the newest growth that is pink and white on this plant, and a hard pruning stimulates the production of new stems.

No more baseball bat sized Zucchini!

Sometimes the small summer squash are hard to spot. I’ll try harder to find them when they are young and tasty next summer. As we all know, one day the squash is delicious and the next day it’s so large it’s only good for doorstops. (Note: the white powder is diatomaceous earth left from early in the season.)

I’ll plant more fragrant plants.

Oriental lilies are one of the most fragrant plants for the garden. I want more! 

I’ll grow more lavender.

This is a variety of lavender called “Phenomenal” If you love lavender, you need this in your garden.

I’ll remember to sit and appreciate the garden.

We need to always remember to sit down and appreciate our yards and gardens.

 

 

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