I was given some great advice. Take photos of your garden every couple weeks so that you can see how things are progressing. You can also look back at the end of the year and see where you could have made changes.
It was great advice! And I've started taking shots. But another reason (the part I'm a little embarrassed to admit) is that I don't know what I planted.
Sure, I can tell there are about five dahlias here and some snapdragons, but if you were to ask what color, what variety, etc., I'd just have to shake my head. That's because I saved dahlia tubers for the first time this year. I labeled them and put them in the greenhouse over the winter and crossed my fingers.
By spring, my tubers looked shriveled terrible. Deciding they were all dead, I threw them in the recycle bin. Later, a friend came over and told me that my tubers destined for compost were just fine, and she went on to show me how to separate them. Suddenly, I had dozens of healthy tubers I had no identification for.
This year, I'm telling myself that it will be like Christmas. A surprise with every bloom. And I'm also taking a bunch of pictures.