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Through the gateway to a new year

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Photo/Illustration: Antonio Reis

Today’s photo, the last one of 2011 (Wow!), was taken by assistant editor Antonio Reis. Antonio says, “This is yet another whimsical feature at Sticks and Stones Farm in Newtown, Connecticut. I love how these snarling, curvy branches wend their way upwards and form this novel take on an arbor. The lichens growing on their sides also add a pretty verdigris effect. Think of this as a pictorial “goodbye!” to 2011 as we enter the new year and, soon enough, spring. In the meantime, let’s weather coming snowstorms by planning the garden ornaments we can make with the branches sure to be scattered by blustery winds.” Happy New Year, everyone!! See you next year.

Oh hey, make it your New Year’s resolution to send me photos of your gardens!!

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  1. Rohocrazymo 12/30/2011

    I had to try 14 times to register with your site. I'm all for fighting spam, but the difficulty of registering with you site has to be the most challenging ever for me.

    I am an avid Gardener. I trust I will find some new and helpful information on you web site.

    I will attempt to post some of my projects on your website.

    Robert Johnson

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    meander_michaele 12/30/2011

    Very fun arbor...I couldn't tell from the accompanying copy whether or not the structure was composed of 2 live
    plants??? Happy New Year to all my fellow gardeners!

  3. ncgardener 12/30/2011

    Hey Roho, it is a great site and I think that you will see it is well worth it. I recommend it to all of the gardeners I know. During the upcoming winter it will be a salvation for you because sometimes it seems like Spring will never come. Glad you made it, just another gardener!

  4. greenthumblonde 12/30/2011

    @Roho, glad you made it to to site. I find Ms. Gervais' daily pics like a little daily vitamin for my gardeners soul. I hope you find it equally satisfying. Welcome!

  5. tractor1 12/30/2011

    Looks like my wildflower meadow after brush hogging. I think those are all dead branches that were gathered and arranged... if it's like where I live any flowering vine planted would become deer salad.

    A Happy & Healthy New Year To All!


  6. pattyspencer 12/30/2011

    If I had that in my yard my neighbors would think I was doing rituals - lol Welcome to our newest member Robert! Hope everyone has a safe and fun New Years!

  7. LindaBrandon 12/30/2011

    Thanks for a year's worth of great inspiration, Michelle!

  8. annek 12/30/2011

    How magical. Looks like it comes out of a Harry Potter book.

  9. greengrowler 12/30/2011

    While the past year has been challenging in many ways, the daily garden photos and delightful posts by fellow gardeners have brightened countless days. Thanks to all for your lively participation and especially thanks to Michelle for doing a FANTASTIC job! Peace and green success to all in 2012! Please allow me to share an inspirational quote for the New Year:
    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us."
    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  10. sheilaschultz 12/30/2011

    Thanks for the fun photos, Antonio. Happy New Year everyone!

  11. Faganlovesthisplace 12/30/2011

    I love this! What kind of trees are these? I went to his web site and could not find out anything about these "sticks"!This is very whimsical!!

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