We started off the year with one of my favorite posts (and one I’ll have to do again) in which a group of great garden bloggers told me about their favorite perennials. I bought everything that was on this list that I didn’t already have.
|Gorgeous foliage on toad lilies from Linda at Each Little World. Linda has taken a break from blogging but I really hope she comes back for an encore appearance come spring.|
In February I talked more about perennials (the gardening but bites hard in winter). I attended a seminar that Richard Hawke, plant evaluation manager for the Chicago Botanic Garden, spoke at in which he listed his picks for the best perennials (for the area). I added a few of these to my garden in 2012 as well.
|Plants Nouveau photo|
I also posted my first (and so far only) video blog in which I showed you how to tie a bowline and told you why all gardeners and anyone who owns a house or car should know this knot.
I got my garden gadget geekery on in May. I still love all of those products from that post, although one of the timers broke toward the end of the summer.
June brought my favorite gardening task of the year: planting containers. I was really happy with how most of them turned out except for one of the matching planters from the deck. By the end of July one of them was very unhappy. I took solace in the fact that so many of you told me that’s why you never plant matching containers. A good lesson, perhaps.
Taking a break from gardening, in July I created a very cool looking and ultimately very temporary tabletop. It looked great the time but even though I coated it in a lot of clear lacquer, it was pretty much done by the end of summer.
In August I showed you the funniest plant in my garden: The Family Jewels plant. By the end of the summer it was an aphid habitat but I thoroughly enjoyed it, if only for the humor factor, prior to that.
With summer coming to a close I started working on a few indoor projects, including painting the kitchen chairs a light turquoise. I used Annie Sloan’s Chalk Paint for the first time and it took a little bit to get the hang of it.
|You didn’t think we’d get through a review of the year without a dog picture did you?|
I got a lot done in October, including my one of my favorite DIY projects ever: recovering a pair of chairs. I’m hoping to take on my next reupholstery project in the next few months and I can’t wait. I really found it to be fun.
During November I spent a little bit of time sharing my girl crush on Sarah Richardson, who is my absolute favorite television designer (and maybe interior designer of any kind, since the only interior designers I really know about are the ones on TV). The woman can do no wrong. Love her.
|HGTV Canada photo|
And just last month, in between telling you about what a lame decorator I am, I shared some of the gifts I wrapped for family. I love wrapping and I really enjoyed doing some different things, even if I didn’t win squat in the Paper Source wrapping contest.