Garden Year 2018: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly  by  Scott Beuerlein

Well, what with the recent screeching turn in the weather, it’s beginning to feel like the 2018 gardening season is wrapping up. Moreover, I just spent a few days organizing my photos from the year, which reminded me of all I saw, did, and didn’t do. Therefore, seems to me it’s as good a time as any to review Garden Year 2018.

Things that Made Me Whoop

  • Removal of perfectly attractive, incredibly healthy evergreen barberries. There are only so many times your hands can be pierced by 2-3” barbs the likes of hypodermic needles before something drastic has to happen.

  • Whirlwinding through Plant Delights Nursery, Duke Gardens, NC Arboretum, JC Raulston, and the Biltmore in the face of a hurricane. Great horticulture, and good food and drink too. Tours of Chicago gardens before that. Of nurseries and gardens in Delaware since. Good year for seeing cool things.
  • Further infatuation with pollinators, and more and more even other insects.

  • Monarda. Never really paid much attention to them before. Got to make up for lost time.

  • Heavy, heavy crops on pawpaws and persimmons. Not that I’ll eat many of them, but just because.

  • The continuing and increasing coolness of naturalistic horticulture on the city scene.

  • Aesculus parviflora ‘Rogers’. Always liked it. In 2018, I finally fell in love.

Things That Made Me Curse

  • Losing my Yellowwood. Some idiot who looks a lot like me planted it underneath the power lines and then was shocked, shocked I tell you, when it grew too big and the utility company came along and hacked it all to hell. Soon after, with a tear in my eye, I had to put it down.

  • Losing more of my sun perennials to shade. I’m finding myself spending more of my time eyeing some of my trees and stroking my chin.
  • Piniella invasion year ten. Can’t rid myself of that stuff! I rue the day when I lusted after this plant.

  • My lawn. After years and years of neglect, it’s finally looking neglected. Not sure what changed. And not sure what I’m going to do. If I had to guess, I’ll try some more procrastination.
  • A leaking swimming pool. Kept wondering where all that water was going until the day my neighbor called to ask if had a water main break. Now his lawn, which has always been perfect, looks worse than mine.
  • Heat. Holy crap! Like laying asphalt in the Deep South all summer kind of heat. Brutal!
  • Heavy, heavy crop of fruit on my ginkgo. It’s going to smell really foul around here soon, and, I’m telling you, most of that will be the ginkgo’s fault. Not mine.

Garden Year 2018: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly originally appeared on GardenRant on October 17, 2018.

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