Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Path Continues After a Year of Change...

Well its been a while since I've been able to sit down and write a blog... its been a crazy season.  Although its been busy... I've missed writing this blog!!!  When signing into the blog today, 25 Years and Still Growing has now reached 117 000 views!  Its amazing the blog is still being read over 400 times daily.  Thank you so much for continuing to walk down the path of horticulture with me.

Throughout the season I have four different jobs in the field of horticulture, in addition to writing this blog...  I'm a gardener with the City of Toronto, a Greenhouse assistant at a small country greenhouse, and a Perennial Sales Associate at Plant World, I also do private landscape consulting.  All of these positions although varied... provide me with a network of incredibly knowledgeable friends and co-workers.

"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" Audrey Hepburn.  This has to be one of my favorite garden quotes...  It is very true!  As some of you know I moved into a house, after being in a condo for 4 years... needless to say my front yard was transformed into my little garden oasis.  I planted 14 different Japanese Maples, 2 different clumping bamboos, 6 different hydrangeas...along with countless other annuals, perennials and shrubs.  My garden although only in its first season, unofficially became part of a garden tour in my city, and I have been approached to officially be on an upcoming tour.  I am already planning on some changes and additions to the garden next season... including a small pond, and flagstone path and seating area.

Every year in life we continue to change, and grow... This past year I had Lasik Eye Surgery, and Gastric Bypass surgery... I've lost 85 pounds to date, and I can see!  In the same way we change and grow, the garden is constantly changing and with patience, love and a bit of luck... growing!  Its time to start looking through seed and plant catalogs, and checking online as many companies are phasing out the paper copies and switching to online versions.  I'm going to highlight a couple of companies in upcoming blogs that I truly feel offer some quality plants.

From my Garden to yours... I would like to wish you a New year filled with Health and Happiness... and of course Gardening... I look forward to continuing to grow with you over the next year.
All Photographs on this blog entry are taken by Angel W.

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