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Welcoming the New Year

January 1, 2021

Lulu cover 2021I know I’m not the only person this year who is particularly happy to welcome in a new year and say good riddance to the old one. The sentiment has made my gift calendars for friends and family, featuring images of my garden, especially welcome this year.

Once again, I used to design and order my calendars. The premium calendar size that I used in recent years has been discontinued, so I switched to a less expensive 8.5” x 11” spiral bound format.

Here are the images I chose to represent the best of 2020 while warmly welcoming 2021:

January 2021 February 2021



March 2021 April 2021



May 2021 June 2021



July 2021 August 2021



September 2021 October 2021



November 2021 December 2021



17 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    January 1, 2021 8:52 am

    What a wonderful idea! It is absolutely lovely.

  2. January 1, 2021 9:45 am

    Beautiful pictures of a beautiful garden. Happy New Year.

  3. January 1, 2021 3:10 pm

    Beautiful as always, Jean. Happy new year! May the days get progressively better as 2021 proceeds.

    • January 6, 2021 12:55 pm

      Happy New Year, Kris. We can only hope that it will get happier as the year proceeds. Normally, I like the winter darkness, but this year I am enjoying the fact that the days are already getting longer and dreaming of spring gardens.

  4. January 1, 2021 3:21 pm

    That will be a great calendar for 2021. Happy New Year! Stay well and be safe!

  5. January 1, 2021 4:13 pm

    Happy New Year to you too, Jean. I’m looking forward to hearing of progress in year 7(?) of 5 plan this year. My favourite for the calendar is March. The crocuses are so vibrant against the snow.

    • January 6, 2021 1:11 pm

      Sunil, Those crocus bulbs were one of the best investments I’ve ever made! At the end of a long winter, it’s such a thrill to see them coming up through the snow in early spring. I think this is going to be the last year of my (5) (6) 7-year front garden project!

  6. January 1, 2021 7:30 pm

    Love all of the different colors of the NE asters. Happy New Year!

    • January 6, 2021 1:55 pm

      Happy New Year, Alicia. I love all those different aster colors, too; so much more interesting than the all-one-color cultivars.

  7. January 2, 2021 4:47 pm

    Lovely variety of glimpses of your garden – especially the autumn leaves and snowy forest.

    • January 6, 2021 1:56 pm

      Diana, The snowy forest view will be my constant companion for the next several months — today with the addition of deer tracks through the snow.

  8. January 3, 2021 3:48 pm

    I love this idea .. it really is something special for yourself and for friends.
    I wish I had gotten out more in Autumn .. that is my favorite time of year .. but now the snow is finally flying and it is going to be a long hard winter to get through .. but then Spring is magnificent in it’s own way, so I am looking forward to that !
    I truly hope everyone has a much better year in 2021.

    • January 6, 2021 2:49 pm

      Joy, The first year I made gift calendars for family and friends, I had no idea how they would be received. It turns out that they have been a big hit (with the exception of a few friends who don’t use/like wall calendars). In the pandemic, they were a boon because the whole process is done online. I, too, am looking forward to spring.

  9. January 4, 2021 11:37 am

    It is always such a joy to see your calendar Jean….I keep meaning to do this but never found the time. It goes on my project this and maybe finally it will get done. Wishing you a better New Year. We do deserve it!

    • January 10, 2021 11:34 am

      Donna, This was not the first year that I seriously considered not creating a calendar — in part because I wasn’t sure I had the energy to do it and in part because I didn’t think I had enough calendar-worthy photos. Once I got myself going, though, it was (as always) a fun and rewarding project.

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