by Connie Oswald Stofko
Landscapes are constantly changing. What you did last year may not be what will work for you this year.
Trees and shrubs get bigger, making your landscape shadier. Or trees and large shrubs are damaged or destroyed during storms such as this year’s November storm or the Snowvember Storm of 2014. The effects may last for years.
I had an arborvitae that was damaged during the 2006 October Storm when a maple tree fell into our yard. The arborvitae was still standing, but was tipped over at a 45-degree angle. My husband, a neighbor and I tied a rope to the arborvitae, pulled it up straight, then staked it. For years it did well. But this spring, standing near the arborvitae, I noticed that when the wind blew, the ground beneath my feet moved–the roots weren’t stable. Since the arborvitae was growing up into the power lines, it seemed best to remove it before it fell.
Now I have a sunnier area and more space for other plants, such as a native shrub and more vegetables. My first resolution is to figure out how to best use that area.
My second resolution is to plant more marigolds.
I love everything about marigolds. There are short, medium and tall varieties of this annual. The flowers are bright yellow or orange or a mixture of colors. Marigolds work just as well in a pot as they do in a garden bed. And the spicy fragrance is a delight.
This year, I didn’t plant any marigolds and I really missed them. I looked longingly at neighbors’ yards where marigolds were still looking fresh in September. And October. And even into November!
I had a different set of resolutions in 2019. I kept those resolutions and it made my gardens more enjoyable. Other Western New York gardeners shared what they were planning to do, too, so make sure you read the comments on that previous article to get some inspiration.
What are your gardening resolutions for 2023? Please leave a comment below.