Looking Back At 2012

Here, 2012 was undoubtedly The Year Of The Puppy. 
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 There were other things as well--a visit to San Diego...
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A longer visit to Tucson.  
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Some of the local sights were cool, too.  
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Succulents were as popular in 2012 as they were in 2011.  Are we tired of them yet?  What's next?  Topiary?

There were a few projects around the garden.
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Got rid of those blasted Cercis occidentalis once and for all, 
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Except there are still seedlings coming up.

Some projects were bigger than others:
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There were the usual inevitable failures:
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Experiments:
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Unexpected success:
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After a spotty start, a great year for roses:
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...and tomatoes:
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...and Mantids:
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...and Clematis--they are still blooming:
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The tree Aloes bloomed for the first time...
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...the Agaves blooming was a fascinating process to watch:
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...but we lost our most precious Cuddles:
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Bad and good, a year in a garden is a beautiful adventure.  I hope your 2012 was filled with garden beauty, and I wish your a beautiful 2013. 


Comments

  1. A wonderful look at your 2012. I hope that 2013 will be as beautiful and I wish you a Happy New Year!
    xoxoxo ♡

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    1. Thanks Dianne, and best wishes for a great '13 to you as well.

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  2. Wishing you the best for 2013! And keep those lovely (and sunny) photos coming! :)

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    1. I will, and you guys have a wonderful 2013 as well with your fabulous new koi digs.

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  3. Looks like a nice year, H. Bartky! No one will ever get tired of the good-use of succulents, huge to tiny...only the faddish use of them by those into fads. So, please keep showing us all the succulents you're able to grow that most of us will never be able to!

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    1. We were pretty lucky with '12. I will continue to plant more succulents--the water bill demands it! Happy New Year, David.

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  4. What a productive year you've had. I have to tell you, until your puppies, all samoyeds looked identical to me. But look at those unique faces! I wonder if Cuddles ever looked anything less than majestic and noble or if that's just old age. I helped my neighbor say goodbye to her German shepherd Bella about a week ago, which is never easy. Bella died in the kitchen, on her dog bed, a beloved beast to the end. What good animals they all are. I often think this should be the Planet of the Dogs!

    (happy new year!)

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    1. Sammies are like Agaves--there are certain distinct characteristics you learn to recognize. Cuddles was always a very dignified lady.

      Bella got to be at home, loved and secure. None of us can ask for more.

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  5. Happy New Year and here's hoping 2013 is fabulous! :o) Those peonies, roses and dahlias are gorgeous! Love your happy clematis.

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  6. An eventful year full of joy, sorrow, and work! Thanks for taking us along.

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  7. Happy New Year to you as well.

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