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A year in review


Before we jump headlong into 2013 (OK, probably too late for that), I thought we’d just take a look back at some what happened over the past year here on The Impatient Gardener.

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.

Toad lily foliage
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.

Echinacea Milkshake
Plants Nouveau photo


In March, Mr. Much More Patient and I took our first non-work related getaway ever to Hawaii where it pretty much rained the entire time. Still, we had a good time (not as good as we would have had if the weather had been what it’s supposed to be on Maui).
Hawaiian beach
April brought an early spring to Wisconsin so we took advantage of the weather  to clean out our pigsty of a garage. We installed a great organizational system  and we built some shelves out of scrap wood for my pots. I’m happy to report it’s still pretty organized. It gives me such hope to know that it was nice enough out in April to take on that project so we only have to get through three or four more months of winter before the outdoor fun can begin.
Garden container storage

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.

Easy to use water timer

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.

Mandevilla container

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.

Striped tabletop

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.

Family Jewels plant
I also spent a bit of time in England during the Olympics helping out Mr. Much More Patient at the sailing venue. Within 18 hours of getting there I was snapping an iPhone pic if my new BFF Kate. I can’t wait for the baby shower invitation to come. Do you think she’ll get a cake made out of diapers?
Kate checking out the Olympic sailing venue -- The Impatient Gardener

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.

Turquoise chairs with Newfoundland
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.

How to reupholster a chair

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.

Sarah Richardson bathroom
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.

Christmas wrapping

7 Responses

  1. Thanks for sharing your year in pictures in this post.

    Glad to hear you and your new BFF Kate enjoyed the Olympics. I live down the road from the venue, but never did get a ticket 🙁

  2. The tree that provided the shade for those toad lilies came down in the Dec. snowstorm we had — and took out two other shade trees. I am trying not think about the fact that my best shade garden is probably now full sun. It's so densely planted that I don't think we can just plunk a big tree in there easily. The 60-yr-old Austrian pine that came down is still in situ and I don't know when or how we will get it out of the garden without damaging more trees. Ugh!

  3. I love your review! It's nice, I feel like I am learning more about the blogger behind the blog! Cool, that you saw Kate! I hope you enjoyed England. It's rained for most of the year but I think we did have some good days during the Olympics so I hope you were here for those. I absolutely love the Echinacea! I might have to my ever expanding seed list, although I never really have any success with Echinacea.

    Great post! Thanks for sharing : )
    Anna B

    1. We actually did have pretty good weather while we were there (well, when I was there anyway, Mr. MMP was there for several months so he saw it all). As for Echinacea, I had given up on all but the native version because I kept buying the fancy hybrids and they'd last one year and then never return. Richard Hawke convinced me to try again with the new and improved hybrids including Milkshake, so we'll see what pops up this spring. If it doesn't work I may be done with them forever (or until I forget that I'm done with them).

  4. Your wrapping job was made of WIN, I am shocked that you did not win. I also love the table–I am a sucker for rugby stripes. Pottery Barn Kids has their rugby striped curtains dirt cheap right now and I am buying a set for the living room, I don't care that they are supposed to be for kids!

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