The garden is 100% officially done. We had two really harsh frosts this week and the dahlias that were left standing are officially brown. It was a true gift to be able to cut flowers all the way in to October. One of the good things to come from 2020 was a strong and healthy garden (and family of course). Pictured is my final florals cutting from garden 2020.
A few weeks ago we hung up the irrigation hoses and sprayed down the tarp. We tilled up the garden and put it to bed for 2020 until spring. We have so many exciting things coming for our property this spring that we are going to be using this quiet time to prepare and plan.
One major thing arriving is my new greenhouse! I can’t wait to share more details with you but I found some people in northern Michigan to make it for me and it’s being delivered in just a few short weeks. We now have to flatten the ground and lay some stone to get it ready. It’s a 12×22 foot greenhouse and I can’t wait to use it to start my vegetables in!
I grew so many fun new varieties of flowers and vegetables this year and I can’t wait to share what did and didn’t work. I’m working on a full rundown of the garden and a plant guide to everything I grew this year. If you would like to be the first to know when that is ready, be sure to be on my email list. I took photos of the flowers all summer long to capture as many colors and varieties as possible. I can’t wait to share!
Also if you are wondering how I maintained that garden all summer I do have a guide to low maintenance gardening. This method has changed the game and kept me enjoying my garden more and weeding less. What started in April ended in October and we had a great run.
Pictured in this vase is my very last cutting of my cupcake cosmos before the frost came. These were one of my favorite varieties that I grew. Interestingly enough this patch did not bloom all summer. The stems were big and green and while the rest of cupcake cosmos were in full bloom over and over this patch stayed green. It burst open with large white blooms the first week of October and I cut the stems down far because I knew it would be their first and only bloom. It was kind of like when the stage cast motions for the audience to applaud for the orchestra after a show.
My garden this summer was such a relaxing and peaceful escape for me amidst all of the chaos surrounding us. I miss walking out there in the morning mist (and the light!) before getting started for the day. It seems so long ago even though it’s been less than a month. I greatly appreciated all of the messages about how much you enjoyed it too. I’m working to create more fun ways that I can share the property and garden with people near and far for 2021 and pending some hurdles I hope to be able to announce it soon!
Thank you for all of your support, encouragement and questions this year. I can’t wait to continue to plan for 2021.