Tangled Branches: Cultivated
happenings in and around my zone 6b gardens in northern Virginia and in central Virginia
Friday, December 29, 2006
What was that?!?!?
That thing that just went by?
That was December.
Join me in Janaury for Snowdrop Watch. The warm winter (so far) has them fooled. I have a very silly Scilla in bloom already.
Happy New Year to All!
(first thing I've been early for this year)
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Wild Weather Postscript
Just after I wrote the previous post, I looked out the window and saw parts of my cold frame scattered around the backyard. I told you it was windy. I was actually very surprised because that cold frame has survived countless storms. So, I went out and tried to pick up the pieces. I got all the big ones, but I think I'm missing some important connectors. The plants which were in the cold frame (florist's azaleas and some newly planted seeds of various things) have joined the Cupheas in the garage. It's getting crowded in there.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Windy, very windy! Just decided to take a break from watching the neighbors' unraked leaves blow into my laboriously raked yard. I hope when the wind shifts later this afternoon, they all go back into the neighbors' yards.
But our weather is positively tame compared with what the Midwest is getting. I wonder how many snowflakes it takes to make, say, 12" of snow over an average sized city? The answer might be somewhere on this site, if one had the time to go through it all. Individually, snowflakes are so pretty. Some of them even look like flowers. Like this one, for instance. And this one looks a lot like Ipheion uniflorum to me.
I'm choosing to ignore winter this year. Yesterday, I bought some hardy (I hope) plants to replant the containers on my front steps for the season. I got white heather (in bloom), creeping cotoneaster (with berries), and variegated English ivy. I promise not to let the ivy escape into the wild, assuming it lives through the winter. If the containers turn out looking like anything at all, I'll post pictures, otherwise forget I said anything.
I'm too late for the Garden Bloggers' Book Club, but I hope to post my review of The Essential Earthman next week. I plan to be on time for December's selection. I don't want to read any of the other reviews before I write mine, so it's time for me to get offline before I'm tempted.