My Garden Goals

My front yard in summer. We removed the dead and diseased Elm trees.

My front yard in summer. We removed the dead and diseased Elm trees.

Happy New Year, garden friends! I don’t really do New Year’s Eve as I can barely stay awake past 10:00PM, but I do love champagne. I also hate new year’s resolutions. What I love about this time of the year is the sense of new beginnings, new and actionable goals, and the knowledge that what we plant and nurture now will sprout and grow and provide us with the sustenance we need throughout the year.

As I write this, it is 55 degrees and blustery in Los Angeles, so it feels like winter. Yes, I know it’s 20 below where you live and snowing. I used to live in Syracuse, NY, so I remember what real winter is. I am thinking about my garden. It suffered a bit of neglect in 2014, but we did put in a dedicated chicken yard, and we removed the 2 dead trees from the front yard, and the roses did really well in spite of the drought. I am also writing down my garden goals for 2015:

1. Plant more perennials along my front fence. I really don’t have time to keep planting annuals every couple of months, and now that the two trees are gone, there is more sun. Lavender, pink daisies, hollyhock, Dianthus have all done well here.

2. Roses. I love old fashioned David Austin roses. I will find/make space to plant at least three. Now is the time to get those orders in for bare root roses!

3. Thin out the Agapanthus. Agapanthus is a very common landscape plant in Los Angeles. I love the lavender flowers that emerge each May, but after a few years the plants look horrible and need to be divided. I am going to outsource this job to my planting assistant.

4. The Edible Garden. Don’t tell my husband, but the front yard herb garden is getting a makeover and will be taking over more of the lawn. I also want to have a raised bed for winter squash and pumpkins. I also would like to plant a pomegranate tree.

So tonight, I am pouring a glass of bubbly; snuggling up with the husband and the boys; and marking all the seeds I am ordering in my 2015 garden porn seed catalogs I’ve received.

What are your garden goals?

My back yard vegetable garden in spring.

My back yard vegetable garden in spring.

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25 comments on “My Garden Goals
  1. Wow. Ambitious. My garden goals are to spend more time in my own garden, as a horticulturist, all my time is generally spent in other’s gardens. So, it’s a bit like the cobbler with the shoes. I love my roses (though I live in a rain forest, they still do well here), and my David Austins are a favorite. I planted two new ones last year (Lady Shallot and Gertrude Jekyll) and am hoping for a few more this year. So far, that’s it!

  2. Lee Anne says:

    55 isn’t that blistering lol! We are experiencing 36 in Austin, TX 🙁

    I live in an apartment so garden goals are out of the norm for me, although I wish they weren’t! Maybe I’ll do some planters on my balcony!

    -Lee Anne

  3. My garden has been totally pushed aside after having a baby last year so I’d really like to get it started again! I’m hoping some veggies will grow nicely so I can start being a little more self sufficient!

  4. I love that you made goals for your garden! Hope it turns out well!!!

  5. Mary says:

    What a great post! We just bought a house & my goal for spring is to turn my black thumb green & plant flowers & make a garden 🙂

  6. Chrissy says:

    My gardening goals are to not kill whatever I plant. Not sure what I’m doing wrong but I need some serious help!

  7. Claire says:

    I’m impressed that you have garden goals! Maybe I should make some!

  8. karissa says:

    What a lovely garden. The little bit of cold in so cal was so nice.

  9. I don’t have any garden goals for 2015. My husband killed all of the flowers I planted so I am done gardening. The bunnies ate the rest.

  10. Oh.my.gosh – I have such a hard time staying awake late too! My husband and I were in bed by 11! Good luck with all your garden goals this year!


  11. alyssa says:

    Your front yard is beautiful. It looks like a little world of it’s own.

  12. You can plant Pomegranates where you are?! I’m so jealous. I would sit under the tree and just munch on them all day! I love roses in gardens. They’re so beautiful!

    Katie <3

  13. Kyla Currier says:

    You’re front yard looks so magical! I love it!
    xo, Kyla

  14. Rebekah says:

    Good luck with your gardening goals! Your front yard looks so quaint!

  15. Lindsay says:

    I love this!! I can’t wait to live in a house one day and have my own garden! I am over apartment living!

  16. Ahh, gardens. I haven’t met a plant I couldn’t kill..lol. I am envious of those who just have a green thumb. Good luck with your garden goals.

    Thrifting Diva

  17. Anita says:

    Your place is so beautiful – it’s like out of a painting! I have no green thumb so I love seeing what talented gardeners can do!

  18. Nichole says:

    What a beautiful garden area! My goal is to break ground this year and plant in my garden for the first time! I am slightly intimidated by it.

  19. yaitza says:

    your post always encourage me to start gardening… can’t wait for spring and summer ;o)

  20. This is giving me some great garden inspiration! I’m moving from an apartment to a home so I need all of the garden help I can get!

  21. Sarah Beth says:

    Blustery and 55? It is literally 3 degrees in Kentucky right now. This southern girl isn’t fairing well.

  22. I just have a patio garden, no dirt in the ground for me and it gets SOOOOO hot back there in the summer. So after learning that things like lettuce, peas, etc don’t grow for me but peppers and tomatoes do, I plan to have the following:
    A few strawberry bushes, several peppers, a couple tomatoes, and I’m gonna try a zuchinni plant too. My herbs don’t grow well either unless they’re in the climate controlled house, so I’ll have some of those indoors. I’m excited. Oh and I have a potted rose bush that did so well last year, if it weathers the winter, I’ll get another one!

  23. Jess says:

    So fun! My parents grow their own watermelon, avocados, peaches, and a few other fun things. The taste really is super different when it’s grown at home! They also really love having tons of beautiful flowers in their garden!

  24. Robin says:

    Found you from YouTube. Then Pinterest. I’m being a troll tonight. I do edible landscaping in my front yard to avoid the black walnuts in the back. I have asparagus, rhubarb, perennial onions, peas, beans, strawberries, broccoli, okra, Asian greens, a currant bush, Cherry tree, kale, zucchini, peppers, cucumbers, Tea shrubs and tons of herbs in the front yard. Right alongside the columbine, roses, daisies, peonies, Primrose, daffodils, hostas, iris, and astilbes. This year my goal is to start in the backyard with walnut tolerant native edible plants. I’m planning on elderberry bushes and hazelnut bushes to start. Sunflowers, zucchini, fava beans , Buckwheat, horseradish, Sunchokes, pumpkins, pole beans are already planted in new beds. This is the third year of the edible landscape project and it’s really coming into its own. I love what you said about painting with plants, that’s exactly how I think about it. I’m not always the artist, I really like to see what nature does with what I start. I Love collaborating with her! I’m glad I found your site, Thanks!

    • Angela Price says:

      Hi Robin- Thanks for the kind words! I love all the different things you are planting in your garden. It must be absolutely beautiful!!

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