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 germanica, Zones 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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