In the garden this month, there has been an interesting contrast of dull days and bright color, sunny mornings and then snow followed by days of rain. Just the day before our QOV sew day, it snowed. As I watched the snow fall, it seemed that every bird in the neighborhood needed a bit of extra fuel to deal with the cold.
Fat flakes came down all morning.
A bluebird showed up to share the bounty.
The red bellied woodpecker shares the buffet with a titmouse.
On the snow covered ground, a flock of juncos was looking for seeds dropped from the feeder. I threw some out on the ground for them. The white patch on this one is actually a snowflake falling, not a marking on the bird.
More and more birds came by for a meal. The cardinal pair share the feeder with another titmouse.
Dreary grey overcast skies outside were a stark contrast to the intense pink color of a recent bloom on one geranium on the three season porch out back.
The parsley is still doing well, providing some fresh leaves for cooking through winter.
This geranium is still alive, and I think I need to prune it. It is getting really leggy.
The spike dracaena is surviving its second overwintering on the porch nicely, and seems to be putting out a second stalk of leaves. I may try to divide it in the spring and have two plants. The amazing thing is I got this on the bargain rack at the local big box store, paying about 3 dollars for a pot with it and several other plants together.
In the kitchen, the red amaryllis is making progress, and I hope the flower will open in a couple more weeks.
Rain moved in last week, bringing several grey days, and a few areas got flooded. The fog settling into the low areas shows the layers across the valley to the far mountain ridges. I love this view, seen from all the windows on the front of the house, and from the sewing room in the basement.
This weekend is ideal for seed bed starting, so I got busy on my potting bench filling Jiffy Pots with Miracle Grow potting mix. This weekend is the ideal planting time until late in the month according to my 2020 Farmer’s Almanac.
To keep the pots straight, I use recycled plastic knives, with the label written in permanent pen. I collect these from summer picnics and wash them, then use the same ones year after year. I love having the red ones for tomatoes.
I had asked my wonderful husband to suspend my grow light on chains so I could adjust the height, and he did that. So now, the light is just inches away from the pots, and I can raise it as the plants get bigger. I hope this will solve the problem of leggy plants I’ve had in the past. Each year a new experiment, and a new hope.
Lots of tomatoes and herbs, plus a few flowers were planted. Now the waiting begins.
Out in the front, my crocus bulbs are putting up shoots. I found some additional little bulbs in the basement when I was planting, and I need to get those in the ground this weekend too.
Daffodils are almost ready to burst with bright yellow color.
Another section of daffodils are coming up. Looks like I’ll have lots of pretty blooms soon.
The bad news is the white azalea is leafing out and producing buds. It has been too warm, and in spite of the groundhog predicting an early spring, another freeze or snow will damage the pretty white color of these flowers, turning them brown. So, I really wish the weather would stay cold so it won’t bloom until April, but I don’t think that will happen.
Down the drive, another daffodil is almost open. They can take the cold and snow, so I’m not concerned about them.
The hyacinths aren’t blooming yet, which is a good thing. The irises are coming up early though. It was 24 degrees when we got up yesterday, but warmer today. What is going on in your garden now?