A great way to enjoy your garden is to combine photos and journaling. If you take pictures of your garden each month throughout the year, you can watch it grow and change with the seasons. By putting your pictures into a scrapbook and recording pertinent information, you will have a great record to refer to for several seasons to come.

Jot down the names of plants you buy, especially the particular cultivar, and take a picture of them in their new garden home and then several more pictures throughout the season. You can also embellish your scrapbook with the plant tags or dried blossoms, Take time to make a note about which plants looked great together, which ones grew too tall or too large for the space you provided them and, of course, which ones were dazzlers and which were duds. Be sure to include dates when different plants begin their bloom and when they were at their peak. Comment on the weather and any insect or disease problems.

Keeping these kinds of records is very helpful when choosing new color and texture combinations for your garden or filling in gaps when one plant goes out of bloom. Having this permanent record of your gardening efforts is satisfying and helpful and can even make a nice coffee table book.

Anne Pattullo, Smith County Master Gardener
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service

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