December 24, 2020 Newsletter
As we approach the end of the year, I don’t think anyone will be sorry to put a lid on 2020. I typically don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I do like to pull together a list of things I want to accomplish for the upcoming year. It’s essentially a huge “To-Do” list with things I hope to do.
This week’s newsletter has some of the resources I’ll be using to help me prepare for the 2021 garden season. I think you’ll find something to help you plan your 2021 garden too.
How To Create a Stylish Small-Space Garden
I love books about container gardens and one of the new releases for 2020 is a great book by Isabella Palmer titled Modern Container Gardening. The author started her gardening obsession like most of us. She bought a single plant for her tiny balcony. I think we can all figure out what happened next.
I’m always on the look out for container inspiration, so this will be the perfect addition to my garden library.
If you want to check out another great book on container gardening, you don’t want to miss Container Gardening by Paul Williams. The book is older, but it’s filled with great container inspiration.
Where to Find Ideas for Great Plant Combinations
There is a great tool available on the National Garden Bureau’s website that helps you find great plant combinations. They list plant combinations that have been tried and tested by their members.
This is a super helpful tool. Not only do the plant combinations look amazing, but the plants have been selected so each plant isn’t taken over by its companion plant. How cool is that?
PC Magazine’s Best Drones for 2021
I’ve been toying around with the idea of buying a drone to take ariel shots of the garden. It’s a big decision. They’re incredibly expensive and not always easy to navigate. I found this article in PC Magazine reviewing the top drone picks for 2021.
If you are thinking about buying a drone, you’ll find this article helpful.
Best Garden Books of 2020 According to Gardens Illustrated
I can’t resist a great garden book. I love them. No matter how many I buy, I am always on the lookout for another great book filled with garden wisdom and inspiration.
Gardens Illustrated was kind enough to publish their list of the best Garden books of 2020 so we know which ones to add to our stash.
Year of the Sunflower
The National Garden Bureau publishes a yearly list selecting an annual, edible, perennial, bulb, and flowering shrub to represent the “Year of the” program. The plants selected are easy to grow, genetically diverse, and beloved by home gardeners.
Their website has a complete list, and each section includes detailed information about the plant you might not know. For example, the wild sunflower is native to North America but was commercialized in Russia. Who knew?
That’s it for this week. Happy holidays, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! I’ll be taking a break from the newsletter until the first week in January. Until then, happy garden dreaming friends!