Friday, January 1, 2016

Farewell 2015. I'm not sorry to see you go



To borrow a Shakespeare phrase, it has been a foul and fair year. Some health issues interrupted the summer, but fortunately all has been resolved. 

Despite missing out on a good part of our gardening season (and a few other foul bits), we've had some pretty terrific moments in 2015. Here are a few highlights. 


Wishing you all the best for 2016.

 
We started building a new rose bed in February
  

My rare Shortia bloomed in April

 
I was back judging the Biltmore International Rose Trials in May
And back at our friend's gorgeous mountaintop rose garden in June


The critter cam on our trail caught some surprise visitors
We flew to England in September to attend Chris Naval Academy Reunion


We visited the Garden Museum in London

And saw amazing Joe Pye Weed at Savill Garden outside London





At the reunion
I toured the Queen's Garden at Buckingham Palace for an article on pollinators

Windsor Castle at night














Back home in time for a gorgeous fall in our mountains



                                          

                                    Happy New Year, friends!

8 comments :

Teresa/ thegardendiary.com said...

I am so pleased that in such a year we were able to be together. Praying for a wonderful 2016. Watch out for those wild beasts that roam the mountain! xo

Lynn Hunt said...

Keeping my eyes peeled, Teresa! So wonderful to be with you and Greg at the Biltmore. I just wish we didn't have to wait till September to be together again. xo

Cole G. said...

Hi Lynn! I share your sentiments about 2015. I really enjoy reading your blog - thanks for posting! I grew up in the Asheville area and travel back there often to visit family. I wanted to ask if you know the names of the roses pictured in the 5th picture down? Many thanks! - Cole

Lynn Hunt said...

Hi Cole! So glad you are enjoying the blog. The gentleman who owns this garden does not know the names of most of his roses. I can tell you the red and white one is Cherry Parfait. The pinks in the background are David Austins. I'll try to go back and take a closer look to see if I can tell you which ones they are. Cheers and Happy New Year!

Sunil Patel said...

Hello Lynn, your friend's mountain-top rose garden is unbelievable! This year has had its ups and downs, just like most I guess. Last year was full of hard work in the garden and I'm hoping it will pay off this year. I think I will take it a bit easier in the garden this year as we over-stretched ourselves and we should try and enjoy it more and not treat it as a "slog" to get the work done; journey/destination and all that.

Casa Mariposa said...

It does appear that the tide is turning in regards to public awareness about the importance of pollinators. But it's frustrating that plants are still grown packed with pesticides. I've started growing all my own annuals to guarantee they are clean and chemical-free.

Lynn Hunt said...

You are so right Casa Mariposa. I accidently bought a Sunpatiens from a big box store and didn't realize it had been treated with neonics. A bee landed on it and died! I was so upset. I dug the thing up and threw it away.I won't make that mistake again! My husband is growing all his veggies from seeds. Good for you! You can rest easy knowing your flowers are chemical-free.

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