Monday, January 4, 2010

A year in the life of...

I had no idea what a year of my life would look like on a blog when I started. It was kind of fun putting this post together and looking back over the past few months.
This is the first picture that I posted on this blog. That was in February 2009. This is me about 51years ago. Geesh! I can't believe it when I put it that way.
January brought me a lot of frosty mornings and beautiful scenes in the garden. At this time I was thinking seriously of starting a garden blog and connecting with fellow gardeners all over the world.

Winter is this gardener's time to put things in order in her house while the garden lays sleeping. Taking care of things that she has sorely neglected the other three seasons of the year while she tends to her garden.

It's the time when she spends a little money on grocery store roses to cheer her until the garden gives her blooms of her own again.

Waiting impatiently on the spring that didn't seem to want to come in 2009.

She was happy to see the snow give way to rain in early March.

comfort a pouting pup that doesn't care for Winter anymore than she does.

Spring brought bare ground once again...

And bunny hugs for Easter.

Tulip time!

Flowering trees scenting the garden.

And bringing us back the bees.

Buds everywhere!

A lawn to mow...

and a happy dog once more!

Irises bloom

And the dogwood too.

Poppies are next to show their lovely heads...

Oh, and this gardener loves her lilacs!!!

The beginning of Summer brings naps in the hammock...
(for the gardener's husband, that is)
And peonies everywhere.
Trigger does love his pasture grass.

The roses start to bloom in June.

And the garden changes daily.

The birds have all returned now and are busy raising their families.

The gazebo got a paint job in late June.
White of course!

In July the roses take center stage.

Along with beautiful delphinium!

The gardener loves them fresh...

And she loves them dry.

July brings a hammock full of happiness!

(six of the gardener's seven grandchildren)


and faeries are everywhere!!!

and faeries favorite flowers...foxglove!

The gardener's house starts to fill up with past season flowers.

and in August the hydrangeas bloom.

August brought several needed rains in 2009.

But there was still plenty of sunshine to enjoy time on the porch.

Lot's and lots of time!
(for the gardener's husband that is!)

Sweet peas everywhere in August!

and hydrangeas too.

September brought a different light.

The kind of light you wish you could bottle and keep somehow.

September brought the harvest. Corn as high as an 'elephant's eye'.

and the gardener's favorite tomatoes.

The last of the flea hoo!

Time spent with the family.
(the gardener's daughter Haylee and son-in-law, Joe)
And flea market smiles
(Joe and Haylee's little Maddie)

September dresses the garden in new color.

October brings even more color.

Beautiful color!!!


stark November.

December is here again and with it the joyous holidays are upon us.

The month brought with it the snow to cover November's starkness.

All in all, 2009 was an awesome year for the gardener.

The gardener would like to take this opportunity to tell all who have followered her through this past year in the garden that it has been made sweeter by their company.


Deb said...

Beautiful "Year in the life of..." post. Your photos are just amazing June ~ and your garden - so beautiful. From Frosty mornings to Tulip time, all so beautiful ♥

Julie Marie said...

Oh June, what a beautiful post! I love seeing all of the older ones I missed... your year was a wonderful one! I am with TT Rabbit... I don't like winter! Your Foxgloves are so pretty... I just did a post about Flower Fairies too! Spring is on it's way... really... I promise!... xoxo Julie Marie

littlethings1 said...

Wow , that was an amazing post ! I loved all of your photos ! Your garden is fabulous ! I am not a fan of winter !

Anonymous said...

June you are making me so homesick for spring! I was just thinking this morning while nursing my cold, ok Christmas is over- I want spring!! Back in NM I was cutting back my rose bushes and getting the beds ready for planting. Here in Colorado it doesn't start getting warm enough to start planting till late May!

We never did decide on what to use to make our raised bed and am hoping we can at least start on this and have the bed ready before May. Do you have raised beds? This one will be as your going out the back door and would like something that would look pretty (I usually use railroad ties but don't think this will do here.)

Your pictures are just lovely friend!! Oh I do love those poppies! Are you supposed to plant the seed in the fall for these? Poppies never would grow for me in NM but I am hoping Colorado will be different!


maría cecilia said...

I want to congratulate the gardener for her beautiful work throughout the year, a garden has never been taken care of better than with this amazing and lovingly gardener.
Maria Cecilia

Candy said...

I did love visiting your garden of seasons with beautiful blooms or blanket of white. You do have a special touch.
Looking forward to another year of sharing special moments.
I am happy to count you among my friends.
Blessings to you and yours in 2010!

Mammabellarte Rita Reade said...

My Dear gardener, you gave me peace again! Beautiful flowers, beautiful horse, beautiful grandchildren and family. Buona Notte Rita

Andrea said...

Everything is just pretty, makes me want a bigger garden!

BellaRosa said...

June amor, this is one of the most beautiful posts that I have ever read and was lucky enough to see in pictures...your photos make me green with envy but at the same time...I am so happy that someone I know and care about has such a beautiful garden and that they are so generous to share it with us all :) Here in So Cal, as beautiful as our weather is...we don't really get to see the seasons looking at these pictures is like walking thru the seasons for me...Thank you amor, for such a gift! What I would give ot be able to grow peonie and lilacs SIGH*** (that was my version of a big sigh) Ohhh and guess what??? This time it was you with a long ass post :) lol But oh how I love you for it! Much love and besos to you! Rose

oldgreymare said...

perfect post- simply perfect- you've done it again! You never cease to amaze and surprise me. If this is the start to this year's blog, we are all in for a fabulous ride, and I'm coming along, so scoot over!


joanne said...

the sweet and the bittersweet...all of it so lovely in your garden. Thanks for the trip down memory lane and what ever you decide your blog is (gardening,etc.) I'm just glad to have found it and it's gardener! Take care...;D

Rebecca Nelson said...

I'm so glad I found you.

God favored me when he led me to your place. Full of inspiration, joy, peace and love.

Love to you. Friend.


LiLi M. said...

Let's cheer for you June! Not only did you make a magnifient post, but I happen to know who the gardener is that made these photos possible! Your work has been so rewarding, but nevertheless you must have put a lot of energy in this. Thanks for that and thanks for sharing again.
Your grandchildren are all too cute, I bet they look after their grandmother!
Thanks for making my day start with joy and beauty!

Jacqueline @ HOME said...

Dear June,
What a delightful journey through the seasons, in your beautiful garden. You make me rather envious as I find it quite difficult to grow roses in my garden .
I am looking forward to lots more photographs of your flowers and shrubs in your wonderful paradise of a garden in 2010. XXXX

Boxwood Cottage said...

Oh June your garden is such a delightful feast for the eyes at every time of the year! I'm especially in love with your foxgloves, do you know the name of that variety?

Sending you warmest wishes from freezing and snowy Germany

Lori said...

June, what a gorgeous year in was so nice to see your lovely garden again...i too love your that a true perennial variety? i never had luck with those...and the biennial ones never stay where i want them to be...

The Pink Birdhouse said...

I am awed by this post!! It is wonderful beyond words, the photos to accompany every month thru the year, the little comments below each. Fantastic, dear June! You should have been a daily columnist in a newspaper, touching people's lives with your thoughts and your words every day! hugs from here, Debby

p.s. today is the one year anniversary of me starting my blog, I guess I best get busy and get a post in, it some how snuck up on me! :-)

Reading Tea Leaves said...

Oh my goodness dear June, what a truly beautiful garden you have! Your photos are as good as any in Country Living! I so enjoyed this pictoral review of your year. Thank you!

Jeanne xx

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Well June,
Just to let YOU know, I am looking forward to hearing and seeing more of the Gardener's photos, stories, colors, family smiles, pretties, flowers, activities, and LIFE during 2010.
You have me totally spoiled in beauty...I'm addicted. And my therapist says there is no cure for it, only for you to keep on posting!!! (I think she's hooked too! :)
What a beautiful year through your eyes June...have I told you lately... "Thank You" for sharing all of this beauty with me????
everything vintage

Unknown said...

what a beautiful year in photos! I can't pick a favorite........thanks so much for sharing.....gorgeous June!

Old Time Cindy said...

You've beautifully captured the special moments in your life through your photos and the seasons within your garden. As a gardener, I appreciate you sharing this.
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy said...

How fun, to go through the year with you this morning. It really helps me see that spring will come. I only like the snow and cold for Christmas.

I love that star you covered and those candles. I must have 10 of those white candles just waiting to be decked out.

You make your gardens look so simple. He He He!

Hugs this morning

Unknown said...

June I love this post! Seeing spring and summer just lifts my spirits!! You have the most beautiful yard and gardens I have seen! You NEED to be in a magazine!!! And that hammock, oh mygoodness!!!
Love you sweet friend,

Anonymous said...

I love your montage of seasons.... I can't wait to feel the sun make it's way into my bones & inhale the fresh rain, peonies. They always remind me of my beloved Grandma. Ahhh.... Spring!!

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Dear June you have set my heart aflutter for the pictures of the roses and the gardens have brought serenity to a snowy day here in the Northeast...
It reminds me of a passage;

"God gave us memories
so that we may have roses
in December."

J.M. Barrie

x Susan

Karen said...

What a wonderful way to start my day! A gorgeous post - perfect!
Your yard and gardens are outstanding. But I especially love the winter. My goodness, absolutely gorgeous! Nothing at all like So Cal. Where we are praying for rain and not allowed to water our gardens but only on specific days. So lots has died. Isn't it odd how we take something like water so much for granted? Until we are not allowed to use it.
totally, totally enjoyed your year. Happy 2010!!

kelli said...

Wow June--what a beautiful post. Your photos of your garden are truely amazing. I Have enjoyed visiting your blog and am so glad you found me--so I found you! May 2010 bring you much love and happiness.

xo Kelli

Diane said...

Very beautiful post, June. Your love of life, family, beauty and nature is absolutely inspiring. Your garden is wonderful.

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hi June, Thank you so much for that wonderful review of your last year! I'm so in love with your gorgeous garden and the sweet gazebo! Your pink roses are to die for as well as the lilacs, the sweet peas, the hydrangeas and all the other beautiful flowers are. Did I mention that I just love your garden, lol. The hammock looks so pretty and comfortable. I'm sure the tomatoes are delicious! Your grandkids are very cute! Have a great day!


Pondside said...

What a lovely garden tour that was! Pink poppies and peonies made me smile. Now that we have a deer fence (my triumphant refrain!) I'll have my first tulips since moving our here. Can't wait for spring!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Oh Junie!

What a Fab.u.LOUS photo essay.....Your photos are yummy....just yummy. I loved seeing your gardens again. I can't wait for spring.....

Happy New Year dear girl....


à la parisienne said...

Your garden is GORGEOUS! I love every single picture! I am envious of the lush beauty and all of the frilly, vivid flower petals that you have surrounding you. You are an exquisite gardener!

MJ Ornaments said...

Oh my goodness June, what beautiful photos! You should publish a book. I loved it all.
Take care,

Laura said...

I've only recently found your blog and I must say that looking at this post and the beautiful photos of your past year, I can't wait to see what you share this year.

Could I come live in your garden? I'd happily help with the weeding. :)

Debra@CommonGround said...

What a wonderful year, June. Each new season was more beautiful than the last. Thank you for sharing it with us once more.
And Happy Anniversary!

Melissa/Piney Rose said...

How wonderful to reflect on the past year in pictures - and what lovely pictures they are! Those flowers are so beautiful, and I can't wait to get started gardening - thank you for sharing these June.

One Shabby Old House said...

That was a beautiful post and your property is beyond beautiful. But where was the post with the dirt underneath your fingernails? Do you have a gardener? lol
Hugs my friend.\

Carolyn said...

Hi June,
I LOVE this post!!! You had an absolutely beautiful year in the garden.I bet you are already starting to dream of your garden again.

Take care,

Stacey said...

What a beautiful post, June. I also like how you have things to do while your garden is "sleeping." God couldn't have picked a better person to make this world so beautiful with lovely gardens. I am in awe of your work. Beautiful doesn't even begin to describe it. Thank you for sharing all the pictures. I get into a winter funk and it has already started with all the cold weather and snow we have had here. Your pictures are a breath of fresh air that spring is just around the corner! xoxo!

Draffin Bears said...

What a wonderful post June ~ I loved the review of your year.
Your photos are so beautiful and loved seeing your precious family, your wonderful garden, house and your pets.
I am so glad that I have found your blog and love knowing the special and beautiful person you are, June.
My heartfelt thanks for your friendship.
Wishing you and your family the really best year ever.


A Fanciful Life said...

June, I'm exhausted! What a wonderful whirlwind tour of the past year in pictures. I love seeing your space throughout all the seasons. It's just all so lovely. I hope this new year is just is grand, if not better than last for the gardener!

Seawashed said...

I am so in awe of your garden and porch, gazebo, inspires me to keep planting so that some day, when I am in my 50's, it will look like that.

Had a wonderful time walking with you down memory lane of 2009...can't wait to walk with you through 2010.

Tomorrow's White Wednesday...yours is my favorite White Wed. blog to visit...well, yours and Miss Gracie's House! See you tomorrow.

Miss Gracie's House said...

What a beautiful part of Idaho you have happy you joined us this year!

jade said...

My dearest June,
what a delightful post - your garden is sooo lovely and you are blessed with all your sweet grandchilds, children and the lovely animals........thank you so much, for looking back and share this wonderful place with us!!!! And im looking forward to see all the pictures in the new visit you, makes me happy every time!!!!

Have a very fine day, Hugs Jade

I wrote you a long comment yesterday, but blogger didn´t acept my password and so i try it again ;))

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi June! What a wonderful walk through your life over the past year. You are surrounded by love and beauty! Wishing you many blessings and continued joy and peace. Tammy

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

What a nice collection of year-end photos, June. I just love your beautiful garden! said...

That is the most gorgeous post ever! You have my dream garden. It is so beautiful! And your grandchildren are totally precious. What a wonderful way to start posting and to get people hooked on your site:) Pure beauty!!! Oh and I love your sofa too. Is it slipcovered? Just gorgeous!!!!!!
Capers of the vintage vixens

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Your year in pictures is so beautiful. I have enjoyed so much walking through the year in your garden and can't wait for this years pictures. Have a wonderful day.


Lisa said...

Not to sound redundant but...WOW! June your home is positively amazing. Loved every picture in your year in review. Your property is my dream, the grounds, gazebo & gardens. Foxgloves are my fav, they are hard to grow in Texas.


Kimberly said...

WOW! I came over to thank you for visiting me and for your really lovely comments on the room redo and was BLESSED with this gorgeous post! I loved it all.
Being born and raised here in So Cal like Rose we do not get to see the seasons change like you do so Thank you for sharing it in these gorgeous pictures with us. I also thought it was funny that I too noticed the peonies and lilacs since we have nothing like that here in abundance.
June you have such a way about you and sharing your loves and life is special to us all and seems to touch so many of us...........Wow I am so happy to know you and am happy that I can come over and see what you are up to as it always brightens my day.
Here is to 2010 and many more posts from you dear June.

Holly Loves Art said...

Happy New Year June!

This is such a beautiful post with so much for the eye see. I love all theo photos but my favorite one is of the foxglove; they are one of my favorite flowers of all.

I hope you're having a wonderful January!



V I N T A G E O L O G I E said...


What a beautiful post ... it takes my breath away, everything is so pretty ... the landscape, the garden, the family, all the details ... stunning!

Happy new year!


The Victorian Parlor said... I love to stroll through your gardens-they are so spectacular! It seems funny that you have only been blogging for a year-I feel like I've known you for ages! I always feel relaxed and inpsired when I visit:).



Nice and Easy Antiques said...

Dear June, Cheers to a year full of blooms!!!

Rose Garden Romantic said...

Wow!!! Your garden is so amazing, June! Reminds me of my sweet mother's garden that I rarely see anymore since we live so far from one another. Thank you sharing all your gorgeous photos of your amazing and inspiring home and garden this year. Happy New Year!!!
Michelle xoxo

cathleen said...

All these exquisite photos make my heart melt. Beautiful, June, just beautiful. You live a lovely life.

Teacup Mosaics said...

Oh June. This is just beautiful! What a delightful walk down 2009 memory lane. I so miss by flowers, like you I use a little grocery money to buy flowers this time of year. I can't wait to see your blooms poking their little heads out this spring. Enjoy your weekend and stay warm:)

Deedee said...

Thanks for sharing your beautiful world, June. Idaho is a lovely place, indeed!

Houndini said...

Stunning garden and photographs!

I LOVE that picture of you when you were a little guirl too! Is it in a glass Christmas bauble? What a stunning idea? How did you make that? x