It is a bit unusual to have a lot to tell about the garden in the beginning of winter, but we’ve had a few surprises since my last post on the garden. We have a pair of pileated woodpeckers that live in the woods surrounding our home, and we often hear their laughing calls. Occasionally we see one, but I was surprised to see this one hanging from the suet feeder, stuffing his beak.
Last Monday, we had a wonderfully clear evening for the Great Conjunction. I set the camera on a tripod, and attempted to get a good photo. This was the best one of the more than two dozen I took.
Dawn on Christmas eve was awash in color.
More birds are stopping by now that it is colder. A pair of bluebirds visited, the male is on the squirrel baffle, and the female is on the left side of the feeder perches. A couple of goldfinches in their drab winter color share the feeder.
Pretty, isn’t he?
Then, a surprise. When I moved the iris bed, and dug up the daffodils and crocuses with them, I had too many to put in the new space. Temporarily, I put the extra daffodils in a pot, and covered it up with a lid to keep it from the sun. Then I promptly forgot about them. When we were moving some things around on the veranda, My Sweet Babboo moved the top, and I discovered they were growing. This was after a hard freeze. So, I moved this pot into the Carolina Room (a three season porch), gave them some water, and I may have some daffodils early this year.
The other plants are doing ok there, with the avocado tree now almost three feet tall.
One of the geraniums is confused as to what season it is, and bloomed again.
Then the most exciting thing! The 8-year old amaryllis is putting up three leaves!!
We were delighted on Christmas Day to wake up to winter wonderland. It was only a light half inch or so, but it was a beautiful start to the holiday. Dawn light was grey with overcast skies.
It is easier to see the land through the trees with snow on the ground. The retaining wall with the new daffodil bed is blanketed in white. Beyond it, the land drops to the small creek in the bottom of the cove dozens of feet below.
A little junco searches for a meal in the snow. I scattered some seeds for the small flock that was scratching around.
Jack showed up for a sandwich, cold and hungry this morning.
Oliver did as well, taking his treat high in a tree as his usual perch was covered in snow. Somehow he got some snow on his nose but was too busy eating to brush it off.
Behind the house, the rhododendrons were curled up and dusted with powdered sugar. It was lovely to have the snow still here yesterday as well.
Winter is a great time to hunker down indoors and sew. I know there are a few quilters out there who love scrappy mysteries, and look forward to our Scrap Dance series every January. Well, next month we will indeed have our annual mystery!! I’ve been working on it for a couple of weeks now, and once again it has come together and named itself, LOL!!
Scrap Dance Pachanga begins January 8!
In the past, I’ve done one clue a month, so you could work it around other projects. This past year, when the lockdowns began, we accelerated the pace to two clues a month. Since many of us are still stuck at home for the next couple months, I have a question for those likely to participate. Would you like to have clues once a month or twice a month? As it stands now, I have 8 steps, but that could change based on the answer to the poll. Just click on the circle next to your preference and then click submit to vote.
The Zoom Scrap Dancing class for individual sign up still has a few slots open for Wednesday this week. Class time is 1 pm Eastern Time (Noon Central time, 11 am Mountain Time and 10 am Pacific time). Class cost is $10 and runs about an hour. You will receive a Paypal invoice when you sign up, and payment needs to be made by Monday evening. Registration will close this evening or when the class is full, whichever comes first. The Meeting ID and Password for Zoom will be emailed to you on Tuesday.
Are you ready for a Scrap Dance Mystery? What are your plans for a winter project?