Garden season 2016 was an ascendancy of landscape projects completed and some still in the works for 2017. Successful and fulfilling none the less. In all, it’s befitting to quote the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson: “To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition, To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” Many garden patches made and renovations underway, we were blessed with another extended Michigan growing season.
Entering into the longest night of winter solstice in the northern hemisphere, those narcissus bulbs planted at the last of November will be a welcome sight come spring. The first snowfall of the year arrived the day after on December 1st, enveloping the land in a gentle sleep of alabaster white. It marks another season of change and transformation as symbolically seen in the image of a dragonfly perched atop a sculpture made for a garden I tend. There it sat for hours, allured by the metallic sheen of refined elements and sunshine, warming it’s iridescent wings as it rested along its brief journey. It gives a beacon hope that although the human journey may not always be easy, the road winding and shrouded in uncertainty at times, the labored sorrows of stone will pave the way for new growth; there is always expectant optimism for next years success. Spring 2017 will begin with the installation of a butterfly/pollinator way station, laden with asclepias ‘tuberosa’ and ‘ syriaca’, echinacea ‘purpea’, aster ‘purple dome’, buddleia, and halos of solidago. Anticipating the warmth of spring while being cradled in the dormant hope of winter. I’m quite sure those daffodils will have had sufficient time to root.