For us in the midwest this was the year of the drought. For 9 weeks we had no rain. Most of the pictures of the entries for the 2012 Top Ten are before the drought began. However, there are a few plants that rose to the top as a result of the drought. All in all, the drought made us more appreciative of everything we have. And, made us think of those in other areas of the world that have drought as a part of their everyday lives—our prayers go out to them!
# 10 Annabell Hydrangeas
This picture was taken before the drought began. These hydrangeas are beautiful, reliable and long lasting. I just picked a few to have in the potting shed for the long winter that is on it’s way!
# 9 Gene Boerner
This is a new rose to my garden but what a stand out! Bloomed and bloomed and bloomed. During the drought the roses were the plants that got most of the allotted water. I am so glad I planted Gene Boerner.
# 8 Bill Warriner
One of my favorite roses… This rose was named for a Jackson & Perkins’ hybridizer who lost his battle with cancer. Our family lost a beloved family member to cancer too, so this rose is special to me. But, in and above all that, it is an amazing, fragrant blooming machine that is a standout in the rose garden.
# 7 Summer garden in front of the Potting Shed
It was so hot and so dry when this picture was taken. I was grateful for every bloom!
#6 The Grande Dame
The Grande Dame is an amazing fragrant rose that wows in my garden! I have three of them and will probably have more.
#5 New Dawn
New Dawn bloomed before the drought began and was spectacular! Soft pink, fragrant, tough and disease resistant. This is a climber that any garden would enjoy! For more on New Dawn, click HERE.
#4 The President Clematis
This clematis was a show stopper in early summer and just recently bloomed again making it completely amazing in my book.
I love larkspur. Larkspur is best when it self seeds. This year was one of those years when I planted seed AND there was plenty of self seeding going on from the year before. The larkspur was beautiful for a long, long time!
To get the whole story of why I love my dogwood trees, CLICK HERE.
#1 Harison’s Yellow
What a year this rose had. Spectacular in the spring and enchanting me completely with it’s history. Read about the history HERE.
This picture tells the story of the drought. Something I don’t want to forget…
I hope 2012 was a wonderful growing season for you! It is now that thyme of year when I settle in to plan and plot for next year. My favorite season is spring and it will be here soon… Well sort of soon … actually it will be here in 161 days!
Happy fall to you!