2008 Year in review (Part 2)

You might want to start with Part 1.


July started with a rare vacation away from home, to my brother’s lake house to celebrate my Dad’s 80th. On the boat with my sister Cheryl and wife Elly …

cheryl, craig, elly

With Cheryl and Alex after a good morning of striper fishing.

striper catch

Back home, it’s midsummer and there are lots of great serendipitous plant combos to enjoy, in the wet garden …

wet garden

… and front garden.

wet garden

Enough plant material to do bloom day scans in four different color schemes.

wet garden

Out in the garden, lilies

wet garden

The rusty favorite, Digitalis ferruginea

wet garden

Exploring backlighting.

wet garden

Lots of gaudy flowers to shoot. Hibsicus at Cornell Plantations …

weekend pix


weekend pix


Plus my 15 minutes of fame in USA Weekend.


Jade rolling under a double rainbow ’bout sums up my feelings about August.

Larger image.

They say things start slowing down in the garden in August. Can’t say I’ve noticed that. There’s lots growing around the patio, but still not much time to sit.

sunday walkaround

Still plenty of flowers to shoot, including Daylilies, purple …

sunday flowers

… and yellow …

bloom day aug 2008

Rosa ‘Princess Di’ …
bloom day aug 2008

… buttonbush …

sunday flowers

…globe thistle …

sunday walkaround

… water lily …

sunday walkaround

One of the bloom day scans for the month.

bloom day aug 2008

I also defended heucheras.


August has nice sunsets, too.



OK. The pace does start to slow in September. But it’s still one of the best times of year in these parts, if not the most floriferous.

The colors are more subtle, like this anemone.

purples and violets

My favorite bloom day scan featured grasses, not blooms.

sept bloom day scans

I featured my four (that’s a stretch) water gardens in the month’s Garden Bloggers Design Workshop.

water garden stuff

And on a rainy day, I discovered blingee.

blingee from scans


October is the month of frost and fall color. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t still some flowers around, like my fall favorites, anemones.

secret garden anemones

Abutilon pictum ‘Thompsonii’

some warm colors

Grasses carry the weight in October.

grassy border

Fall colors start coming with Polygonatum odoratum ‘Variegatum’

Polygonatum odoratum 'Variegatum'

Ivy outside campus store.
campus color

First frosts provide great photo opps …
Asian pear in the veggie garden.

2008 frost

Pitcher plant

2008 frost

Backlit grasses usher in brown season.
fall pix


Fall color is where you find it, like this pitcher plant …

Sarracenia purpurea and Vaccinium macrocarpon

… and this bittersweet and borrowed scenery.

borrowed scenery

When there’s less to see looking down, you appreciate more the view looking up.


January came in November [impressions | the real thing]

jan in nov impressions

I visited the Winter Garden at Cornell Plantations as the light was waning.

winter garden


Check out the student projects from Cornell’s Art of Horticulture class.

Glowing greenhouses make leaving work after dark a little less depressing during these SAD-inducing months.

ugly mix

And I’ve now got a passable scan for December for my planned 2010 garden scan calendar.

december 2008 scans

Thanks for visiting and commenting. Best wishes for the New Year.

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8 thoughts on “2008 Year in review (Part 2)”

  1. Lovely images, Craig. And I was glad to see your heuchera post again. I inherited a couple with the new house, and I like knowing what to expect: not miracles but nice leaves from time to time.

  2. Dear Craig,

    Glad to hear you have a scan calendar in the works. hope you’ll consider making a desk calendar version (with 52 scans, naturally).

    The poinsettias are a knockout.

    Happy New Year,

  3. Great walk back through the year Craig – love the Nov photo of the snow crystals. Try looking over the post with Donna the Buffalo as the soundtrack 😀

  4. I haven’t really wanted to look back, but you’ve shown what an amazing thing a year is. thanks! and Happy New Year!

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