A Year in the Garden – 2017

The garden is slumbering, and I am waiting patiently for hundreds of tiny bulbs to explode into bloom.

The first snowdrops are already welcoming visitors:

However, the majority of my spring bulbs are only poking their heads tentatively above ground. I think they are wondering “Will it snow?”

A review of the 2017 gardening year seems apt. Hence I am posting four seasonal collages to whet your appetite for 2018.





And so the cycle continues…

Brigid P. Gallagher is a retired natural medicines therapist, passionate organic gardener and author of “Watching the Daisies- Life lessons on the Importance of Slow,” a holistic memoir dedicated to the art of mindfulness and healing from debilitating illness.


  1. Quite the floral frenzy! I can’t possibly pick a favourite collage – they are all stunning and representative of the wonderful constancy of nature in her rejuvenating, replenishing and slumber. I don’t wish the seasons away ever – I relish whatever we have …. after all, resistance is futile 🙂 Thank you for such a candied eye feast on a slightly grey January day

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  2. Bridgit, that was a smart way of showcasing your garden photography. I used to love planting bulbs even more so when they poked their heads out of the soil, as nine out ten times I had forgotten what bulb was where 🙂

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  3. Beautiful gardens! Can I ask where did you get the bird at your pond? Is it concrete? I have a 200 gallon pond that has gigantic (KOI size) goldfish that I have had for years and I have to put a deer net over it to keep the Blue Heron and Egrets from eating my fish! The egrets still stab the fish through the net and kill the fish but they can’t get it out leaving it for me…ugh!

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  4. This was as delicious as the seed catalogs arriving daily in my mailbox. We in New England have a much shorter growing season, and our spring waits until well into April. I will enjoy yours vicariously.

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  5. Brigid, thank you for this wonderful reminder of all the joys to come. A heart warming post…(And I am still trying to get that email out to you…Please bear with me Love Px)

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  6. Brigid, I loved this pictorial remainder of spring and summer and all we have to look forward to -a beautiful uplifting post! The early bulbs always concern me as I’m worried they will be damaged by frost…yet they often seem hardy and survive to flourish. I’m so looking forward to the feast of colours you’ve shown us here! 😀

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  7. So up,ifting to the spirit to see all this colour and be reminded that it is there waiting to burst forth, not long now! I have 3 snowdrops and quite a few crocus in bloom but they keep getting flattened by the hail and rain!

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  8. Hello Brigid, I’m sorry I haven’t popped over for a while! It’s been so busy in the old house household that I feel quite run down. I really enjoyed this post but never commented! I love these round up type garden post. Your garden has done well. It’s interesting when i sit and look at my garden in the Colder Months that I forget what it was like in the summer! Lovely and I can’t wait until the spring really comes to our gardens. Xx

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  9. An impressive range of floral colour though out the year. IF I had to choose a favourite it would have to be the Aquilegia, They have always featured in our garden until the dreaded wilt struck. I am now, after a break slowly reintroducing them from seed grown plants. I look forward to seeing your garden during 2018. Our youngest daughter has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I will mention your book to her.

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  10. This is a lovely photo review of a year in your garden. Is that fuchsia ‘Hawkshead’? (I have been lusting after this, along with angel’s fishing rods).

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  11. Popping back to say thank you Brigid for linking this post to this months #MyGloriousGardens. I look at my garden at this time of year and tend to forget what it will be like in a few months time! I start seeing gaps and planning on what to plant there knowing too well that’s those gaps will soon be gone! Is that lilac/blue rose Blue Moon or is the photo deceptive? Also, the lovely peony shaped rose -what is that one? I’m looking for some new roses for my rose garden and that one is so pretty!
    Sophie x

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  12. Sophie your comment has just been unearthed in my spam folder. The lilac / blue rose is Blue Moon and tge peony shaped rose us James Galway. James Galway is a David Austin rose and such a great repeat flowerer. Just ordered two new David Austin climbers yesterday – Princess Margarita and The Geberous Gardener. 🏵🏵🏵


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