the 2009 garden in pictures: a slideshow

Author Margaret Roach
JACK AND I WISH YOU EVERY GOOD THING in 2010 (however you wish to pronounce it, twenty-ten or two-thousand ten, or even two-oh-one-oh). As our parting shot, a look at some of the zillions of photos we enjoyed taking in 2009. Happy New Year! (Photo of us thanks to Erica Berger, and no, I am not torturing Jack. Promise.)

Click on the first thumbnail to start the show, then toggle from slide to slide using the arrows next to each caption. Enjoy!

  1. Charlotte Cantrell says:

    Happy New Year from N.Florida.
    Jack is a lovely “Tuxedo” cat, always dressed for the occasion.
    We are having some VERY cold weather for us. It will be interesting to see what it will do to our gardens.

  2. Susan says:


    What a lovely journey through 2009!!! I would like to feature it with another slideshow I am writing about on Garden Variety. Can I use one of your pictures on the blog? Your choice!

  3. Keren says:

    Thank you for sharing your pics and memories with us:) I love the ‘Tiger’s eye’ sumac and the ‘ephemeral’ picture, well that got me in the mood for spring time really fast. Alas as i am sitting here in Georgia wearing three pairs of socks in record low temps It seems I will have a bit more time for fantasizing about the glories of spring.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Susan, and yes, borrow ahead since it it for a good cause; thank you for asking. Happy New Year to you.

      Welcome, Keren. It has been bitter here, too, these last few days. I have not gone past two pairs of socks but it sounds like a good idea. :) I am going to sit down with the seed catalogs tomorrow for a big dose of hopefulness and forward-thinking. See you soon.

  4. Marilyn says:

    What a beautiful picture of you and that furry devil Jack! Happy New Year, Margaret – your gifts in the garden (and on the page) inspired me all your. Here’s to an energized, sisterly 2010. :)

  5. mimi says:

    If I let you have the garden and the cat … can I have your hair? HAPPY 2010 … and thanks for all the great mail. Mimi

  6. chigal says:

    It’s amazing to see so many varied scenes of beauty coming from one place. Perfect example of how gardening enriches our lives. Hope you have a great year!

  7. Wendy C says:

    Dear Margaret
    You SO live in the garden of Eden. I loved your slides and wish that I could magically step into the one with your spring ephemerals under the old apple tree. it is just so breathtakingly beautiful! You are a wizard!
    I am really enjoying your blog and have been perusing your older posts; your home and garden just Wow me!!
    It is so nice to see that I am not the only person dragging all sorts of tidbits from the outdoors to bring inside. Pretty soon there will be no distinction between the two!
    I just had to say thak-you for sharing your piece of heaven on earth after seeing your wonderful photos.
    It is very inspiring.
    I love your chairs outside, too!
    Sincerely, Wendy C

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Wendy. I am happy that it looks like a piece of heaven form there…it does from the seat by the window here, too. I am happy to be here — in my garden, and on the blog with all of you. :) Do come see me again soon.

  8. deb says:

    This site is truly one of a kind. It’s the best of everything.
    And in my own little cold and snowy Ontario , I remain inspired and looking forward to next year. thank you.

  9. Fred from Loudonville, NY says:

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!! to You Margaret, and your readers. May if be a FLOWERiferous year for you ALL!!!!!! ( is there us such a word like that)

    On February 13, 2010, at 2pm, at the Monument Mountain School, the Berkshire Botanical Garden is having their winter lecture “Three Decades in the Garden at Highgrove”. Highgrove is the home of Prince Charles . Debs Goodenough, his head gardner is giving the talk. The lecture is $35. for non members. If you are interested visit http://www.berkshirebotanical.org I, for years, from my LOFTY seat in the bleachers, have seen Margaret sitting there, with friends ALMOST front row center. They, for the most part, present a really fine lecture, EQUALLY good as Margaret gives on the 365 day garden.

    1. Margaret says:

      @Jessica: Nice to see you and happy new year back. It’s a great plant; give it room, and time to shape up. See you soon.

  10. Susie Collins says:

    Greetings from Northern Michigan, Margaret! I just love your newsletter. Thanks for sharing your pics, your life, you!

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Susie. I expect it’s cold in your neck o’ the woods (as it is here this weekend again, brrrrr). Thanks for your encouragement, and don’t be a stranger.

  11. Mary Ashcraft says:

    greetings from Virginia: I could help thinking about Jack as he danced around the mulberry bush singing “Pop Goes the Weasel” Thanks for the wonderful pictures.

  12. Stephen Ramundo says:

    Hello Margaret! I found you through an article written by Mariana Greene in the Dallas Morning News entitled “Looking for other gardening fools online” I immediately recognized you from your years with Martha Stewart Living. Your website is amazing and look forward to exploring it! I live on an acre outside of Dallas and attempted tomato plants in pots with some success. I bought a tumbler composter last year and was so excited to see my first batch of compost. I built a raised bed to try my tomato plants again this year with hopefully more tomatoes. So glad you started you own blog! I feel like I found an old gardening friend.

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Stephen from Dallas. Yes, our old gardening friends are here with me, gradually showing up season by season. Glad to have you along, and hear of your backyard adventures. See you soon again, I hope.

  13. May V. says:

    I also found you through Mariana Greene’s article in the Dallas Morning News this morning. What a marvelous website! I am thrilled to have found it and thoroughly enjoyed the fabulous photos of your garden. I look forward to following your 2010 gardening adventures. Love Jack – a kitty with attitude!

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, May. Jack will love it — being called “a kitty with attitude.” He certainly has that (when he is not stoned on catnip, which is a lot of the time lately). I am glad you have found me and that we can garden virtually together in the season to come. I have a few months yet of waiting, but I will try to conjure up some offseason entertainment. See you soon again.

  14. Lynn says:

    Happy New Year, Margaret! Thanks for the beautiful slideshow & for sharing your lovely space and knowledge. You and Jack look great :)

  15. Kathleen says:

    I went to High School with Erica Berger. We were on the Conestoga staff together she has accomplished fantastic things. We had a fantastic adviser, Miriam Grant at NMSH.

  16. Angela R. says:

    I saw a blurb about your blog in my local newspaper, and I really enjoyed logging on. I have been a fan since you were at Martha Stewart Living. Look forward to your garden in 2010!

    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Angela. How nice of you to come investigate. Especially nice for me at near-zero days here to have the warmth of your comment. :) See you soon again, I hope.

  17. Jeff Hayes says:

    Dear Margaret;

    I saw a quick slide of an upright purple coned conifer. I couldn’t locate it later. I have seen this before and would like to add one to my pinetum. Do you have the variety and where I might locate one?

    Having just discovered your spectacular site, I hope to venture over for a peek during one of the Open Days.

    It almost hit 70 today so I am charged for the season.



    1. Margaret says:

      Welcome, Jeff. It is Abies koreana, the Korean fir, that has the purple “pine” cones. It’s in a few places, including this post. It is easy, beautiful, and oh those cones! Thanks for the kind words, and yes, do some visit. I will be here, under a pile of weeds or trimmings of some kind. :)

  18. Carole says:

    Hi Martha,
    Saw that you were going to be on the Martha Stewart Show and a little about
    your history. I made it a point to see the show.
    Even went out tonight and got your book. You have done a remarkable thing to
    follow your dream of how you truly wanted to live. You have a beautiful home and
    all the beautiful scenery , flowers, trees and landscaping, is breathless. I now will
    be keeping in touch and on your blog. Also love Jack, as I am a cat lover.

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