Skip to content

A New Year in the New Front Garden

December 31, 2017

Cover 2018This is the ninth consecutive year that I have created a gift calendar for family and friends, and the 2018 Jean’s Garden calendar is one of my favorites. As always, each month features a photograph taken by me in my own garden. Once again this year, I had the calendars printed at, a vendor with better than average photo reproduction.

In this year’s calendar, the images are predominantly of my new front garden, which is featured in February, March, June, July, August, September and October. I have been working on the front garden since 2015, when the addition on the front of my house was completed. The garden areas that were planted in 2015 were looking particularly lush and mature by 2017.  (The walkway to the patio, flanked by the porch border and the patio border and featured both on the cover of this year’s calendar and on the page for the month of June, provides an example of this mature look.)

Here are the images I used for each month of this year’s calendar:

January 2018 February 2018



March 2018 April 2018



May 2018 June 2018



July 2018 August 2018



September 2018 October 2018



November 2018 Decmber 2018



Anyone who would like their own personal copy of the Jean’s Garden calendar will find them available to the public for purchase from

Happy New Year to all my gardening friends!

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    January 1, 2018 6:18 am

    Beautiful gift

  2. January 1, 2018 2:07 pm

    Beautiful photos, Jean! I imagine it’s hard to pinpoint your favorite photos among the many taken over the course of the year. My favorites in this collection are January and November’s choices. Best wishes for the new year!

    • January 15, 2018 10:15 pm

      Kris, Those are two of my favorites, too — although I’m also partial to June and August. I love the painterly effect on the January photo, which I think was created by the strong backlighting from the sun. (Wouldn’t it be nice if I were a good enough photographer to get that kind of effect on purpose.)

  3. January 1, 2018 5:08 pm

    What a lovely gift. Family and friends would feel they had a visit to your garden each month!

    • January 15, 2018 10:16 pm

      Jayne, I confess I also hang these in my own house to remind me through the winter of what I have to look forward to in spring and summer.

  4. January 3, 2018 4:58 am

    Your front garden is at that lovely filled in stage when you can sit and admire it!

    (I left you an email about our electric car)

    • January 15, 2018 10:18 pm

      Diana, I got your electric car email. I currently drive a hybrid and am always interested in new developments for low-emissions vehicles.

  5. lula permalink
    January 9, 2018 12:57 pm

    Happy New Year Jean! It looks really great!

  6. January 12, 2018 5:36 am

    Those are some stunning photos, Jean, I think May, June and November are my favourites. June in particular, where the walk to the tables and chairs on the patio, flanked by flowering plants is so inviting.

    • January 15, 2018 10:20 pm

      Sunil, Every so often I manage to capture an image of my garden that allows the viewer to walk into it. This is one of those, and I love it.

  7. January 31, 2018 10:23 pm

    wow! I so love the photos. You have a great blog here. I am bookmarking it now!. You’ve got some wonderful information here. You are giving me a ton of ideas. Keep up the good work!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: