There are just two hours left in 2015 and although I might be a just bit late on pulling together a little 2015 retrospective, I'd be remiss in not doing so.

In January I talked about the perennial of the year for 2015Geranium x cantabrigiense 'Biokovo'. I love that plant then and I love it now. And it's still on any list of easy-to-grow plants that I'd recommend for just about any garden.

In February, I prepped for seed-starting season by interviewing Renee Shepherd of Renee's Garden Seeds. She is a font of knowledge on everything from garden trends and the best way to grow vegetables. 

In March I kicked off my partnership with Troy-Bilt as a member of their Saturday 6 team with a trip to Charleston, South Carolina, that had me completely falling for the place. 

I also told you about the one vegetable that everyone should grow

April saw us finishing up the biggest DIY project of the year: the garage pergola. We have gotten a ton of compliments on it and I really love it. 

Gardening season was starting up again in May and I took the opportunity to talk about one of my favorite things when I offered my Guide to Window Box Design


In June I found myself at one of my favorite blogger's gardens and it was so great to see it in person after feeling like I know it from reading Linda's blog. And meeting an online friend in person is always a great time. 

It's becoming a bit of a July tradition for me to visit the great garden at the Hotel Iroquois on Mackinac Island. Every year it's different and it's always fun to see it. 

2015 will be forever known as the year I really fell in love with sweet peas and in August I shared a little info about how I grew them. 

In September I shared four things to do in your garden to ensure a better garden next year. 

October was when I discovered how helpful Google Earth can be in identifying design issues in your garden. I'm still working on a plan to fix the issues I identified then. 

It was finally time to go back inside in November and took on a pretty gross cleaning project that made such a difference: cleaning the fireplace surround

And suddenly it was December and once I got over how quickly the year flew by, I shared my tips for the real person's guide to renovating

And here we are, minutes away from 2016. I look forward to another chance to right my gardening wrongs, try out exciting new projects and get to know you wonderful people. 2015 was pretty darn great, so let the fun continue in 2016.

Happy new year to all you wonderful people out there! I truly appreciate you spending a little bit of your day here.


  1. Happy New Year to you, too. First garden catalogs arrived in the mail yesterday. I have a ton of garden notes I need to organize before I can order anything.

  2. I want your incredible pergola!! Happy New Year!

  3. You've had a busy year in and out of the garden. And I know 2016 will be just as busy with the start of your basement renovation. Can't wait to see what you have in store for us! Happy New Year!


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