Cold weather and snow days mean there is not much to do outside, but the garden still has growing going on. I have two garden spots to keep plants over the winter. One is in my kitchen, where I have the Thanksgiving cactus, the orchid, and my eight-year-old amaryllis. That is indeed a flower spike you see!
So exciting to have it bloom for the eighth year. It has five leaves, and is about 18 inches tall now.
My plants in the Carolina room on the back of the house are doing well, protected from the most extreme cold and wind. The dahlias are in full dormancy now, and I am a bit surprised that the little impatiens is still alive. The avocado is getting a bit bigger, and I’ll need to repot it soon.
The geranium is still confused, but this pink flower is a welcome bit of color on a grey day.
The daffodils I put in a pot just to keep them in soil sprouted. They haven’t done much since. Looks like I have at least one hyacinth in the bunch as well.
The landscape view is a constantly changing scene. Dawn on the day before the snow came was beautifully colorful.
Then, another day had the quiet wonder of fog.
Oliver stopped by for a sandwich, but then disappeared. I haven’t seen him in days.
On the suet feeder, a male cardinal brought his family for a meal.
The adult female took her turn.
The a juvenile female landed for a bite or two.
The feeder was shared by a small flock of goldfinches, more coming in then flying off for someone else to have a turn. The downy woodpecker pecks at the suet. The background shows the trees frosted in snow.
Later, several bluebirds came for their turn during the snowy day.
A male and female titmouse share the bounty with two bluebirds.
It is hard not to start dreaming of starting seeds, but I know it is still too early for that. My Sweet Babboo cleaned up the hosta beds, getting all the dried flower spikes pulled up and some of the dried leaves swept away. Seems like most of January gardening is cleaning and planning. I’m going to use the brick planter for vegetables this coming spring, but I shouldn’t start those seeds until late February since our last frost date is in April.
Are you planning your garden yet?