Hail and Farewell to the Year 2013

On the last day of December, it seems fitting to take a quick look back at the last 12 months for a fond farewell to 2013. All in all, it was a good year, in the garden and out.

Winter weather was mild, spring was wet, summer was wetter still, and fall gave us a brief taste of hot and dry before cooling and turning the water works on again. Greenville’s total for the year is 70 inches of rain, the second wettest year on record.

January--Fairy garden made in anticipation of a visit from my granddaughter, Caitlin.

January–Fairy garden made in anticipation of a visit from my granddaughter, Caitlin.

February--Camellia japonica, one of many that put on a show outside my kitchen window.

February–Camellia japonica, one of many that put on a show outside my kitchen window.

March--Favorite display at the Philadelphia Flower Show featuring the tea party in Alice in Wonderland.

March–Favorite display at the Philadelphia Flower Show featuring the tea party in Alice in Wonderland.

April--Spanish bluebells and Chocolate Chip ajuga in the front garden.

April–Spanish bluebells and Chocolate Chip ajuga in the front garden.

May--Master Naturalist Conference hike to Yellow Branch Falls, an awe-inspiring experience!

May–Master Naturalist Conference hike to Yellow Branch Falls, an awe-inspiring experience!

June--Garden tour of France, including a trip to Mont Saint-Michel.

June–Garden tour of France, including a trip to Mont Saint-Michel.

July--The white flowers of hosta scent the secret garden with their perfume.

July–The white flowers of hosta scent the secret garden with their perfume.

August--The terrace garden at Jefferson's Monticello.

August–The terrace garden at Jefferson’s Monticello.

September--Great Dixter's Long Border in autumn dress.

September–Great Dixter’s Long Border in autumn dress.

October--Finding the elusive Grass of Pernassus along the Yellow Branch waterway.

October–Finding the elusive Grass of Pernassus along the Yellow Branch waterway.

November--Fall foliage at the North Saluda Reservoir, also known as the Greenville Watershed.

November–Fall foliage at the North Saluda Reservoir, also known as the Greenville Watershed.

December--Ready and waiting for family to arrive for the holidays.

December–Ready and waiting for family to arrive for the holidays.

As the year draws to a close, I wish you a happy and safe New Year’s Eve and all the best in 2014.

Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your Neighbours, and let every New-Year find you a better Man. ~ from Benjamin Franklin’s 1755 Poor Richard’s Almanac

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