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What I’m Thankful for in the Garden

A post-Thanksgiving look back at the garden

I know I’m a little late with this, but I wanted to take a moment to think about what I’m thankful for in the garden this year. There is a lot to be grateful for when it comes to plants and the garden, but these are just a few that stood out to me for 2018.

Air plants. They’re a lot of fun! I know they’ve been trendy for a while, but this is the first year I really got into them. This is Tillandsia riohandoensis, and it has been a great, unusual, easy houseplant for me all year long. (See more air plants.)

Daffodils! I mean, come on—how can you not be thankful for daffodils? They are the ultimate celebration of the end of winter. (See some recommended classic daffodils.)

Seeds! I love growing plants from seed. It is such an affordable way to get lots and lots of cool plants for the garden. (See our complete guide to starting seeds.)

Silliness. This photo is from a friend’s garden, and it makes me laugh. I love a seriously beautiful garden, but I’m always grateful for a chance to have fun and be a little silly as well.

Easy, casual bouquets. I know some truly talented flower arrangers who make dramatic works of art out of cut flowers. But I’m thankful that I can wander through my garden, haphazardly cutting flowers, and end up with something so beautiful that lets me bring the joy of the garden into the house with me. (Learn the best flowers for your cutting garden.)

Bearded irises (Iris germanicaZones 4–9). Bearded irises are garden classics, but this year I’m really appreciating just how great they are. They tolerate drought beautifully and, with little more than some sun, produce abundant, velvety blooms. This particular one is ‘Red at Last’, and I just adore it.

What are you thankful for in your garden this year? Send in some photos! We’d love to share your list on the GPOD.


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    meander_michaele 11/28/2018

    I love how gardening is so personal and there isn't just one right way to do it. It gives us the opportunity for ongoing learning and, hence, exercises our minds as well as our bodies. It gives us opportunities to be filled with wonder and a sense of achievement when our partnership with Mother Nature produces a breathtaking moment in time...again and again...gardening is truly a blessing.

  2. Chris_N 11/28/2018

    I am grateful for all the people I have met through gardening, many right here on GPOD. Always an inspiration see other gardens.

  3. cheryl_c 11/28/2018

    I'm thankful for the seasonality of gardens - how they change from month to month and even week to week grounding us in the reality of time moving on - of knowing that even as our beloved plants age gracefully and fade that we are able to celebrate newness and look forward.

  4. btucker9675 11/28/2018

    I'm grateful for all of you gardeners who share your bounty of beauty with me. My husband and I have been having rough times financially for the past several years and I haven't been able to garden like I did in NJ which makes me sad. Viewing your photos and reading your stories brighten my outlook and help me to feel hopeful that my time will come again!
    That Red at Last iris is spectacular... I'm hoping that all of mine will perform next year - tried to do the right soil preparation, amending the terrible red clay I'm dealing with here south of Charlotte, NC.

  5. [email protected] 11/30/2018

    Loved the casual bouquet- the blue and yellow shades were awesome together.

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    bdowen 12/01/2018

    The red iris is breathtaking! But I most appreciate the theme of your post. Another reminder to take time to be grateful of what happens in our gardens as plants grow and seasons change. And the time we get to spend with our hands in the dirt and our lives connecting to the earth.

  7. CoreneMorar 06/11/2020

    Gardening is my hobby. I love to put my hands in the lust soil. It gives me pleasure and I often say that nature has the power to heal our damaged soul. So I think everyone should opt this hobby as well as visit website to read reviews and write the gardening experience with the assistance of Edubirdie source.

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