Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Blog post with no photo. Sorry, Robs, but I am just not thinking enough in the middle of the night to get a shot of the temperature display on the ceiling. : ) But last night it was cold. 24 degrees and holding most of the night. I love weather. Despite my frustration with relationships that do not seem to go any deeper than weather, I talk about weather every day to multiple people. 24 degrees is a big deal here. We do not get this every winter. In fact, it is a record low for this date. That's all. Just wanted to say, cool, it was cold last night! : )
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Christmas is over. The daffodils have not yet appeared. It is the time between, winter. During the holidays there is so much extra going on the garden gets by on its own, with brief forays for flowers and greenery, or filling of birdbaths. Once the distraction passes, there is not much to do besides wait. Winter in the garden means time for pruning and really not much else. We wait and watch for the sprouting bulbs. My hyacinths have doubled since I took this picture a couple of years ago. I am excited to see if I actually get 6 flower stalks. The little things keep a garden going even in the slow times.
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Here we are past the solstice and into the growing days of the New Year. These corydalis stay green and bloom all year, which endear them to me. Aren't they sweet in their fernyness?
There are a few other plants still blooming, through the past month's cold nights, pansies, snapdragons, alyssum, a few violets, and so forth. A few others we can anticipate this month, hellebore and grape hyacinth among them. Soon it will be time for bareroots, and winter seeding.
But the flower that has my interest right now is the rose. I won't post yet another picture, but I do keep thinking about how they are blooming better now, right at pruning time, than they did all summer. Last year I pruned them hard, as is typically recommended. I am seriously thinking that this year I won't prune them, beyond the few necessary cuts needed to keep them in bounds. Evelyn wants to grow ten feet tall and wide and does need some restraining, but I think the smaller bushes might be fine with very little pruning. An experiment for the new year.