Six-On-Saturday – still winter!

Joining in the fun with six things in my garden today, with thanks to The Propagator for this witty idea!  Most contributors to this theme are showing images of spring — here in my part of Canada it’s still winter.  It was -14 Celsius overnight, although much of the snow may well be gone next weekend as the experts are calling for a lot of rain and highs almost double digits in the coming days.

Amaryllis February 17 2018
Indoors first – this Amaryllis (Hippeastrum) was given to me about seven years ago and it keeps coming back.  I let it sit on the southeast facing porch all summer, then stop watering and bring it in to a dark room and let it go dormant for a few months before starting to water again indoors in December.
forced Crocus February 17 2018
My first forced bulbs in many years; I put some Crocus in a paper bag in the fridge at the beginning of October, then planted them just after Christmas, keeping them in the fridge.  I pulled them out two weeks ago and here they are!
dwarf conifers on limestone boulder February 17 2018
There are three tiny conifers growing in natural pockets on this huge limestone boulder – two Juniper varieties and a cedar (Thuja).  The seeds must have just blown in because I certainly had nothing to do with it!
Horse Chestnut bud February 17, 2018
I’m hoping this year will bring a flower or two on my Horse Chestnut (Aesculus hippocastanum).  It started from a seed at least 10 years ago but is only abut 12 feet high – not growing in the best of conditions I guess – and has yet to flower in spring.
Woodpecker food February 17 2018
Finally a pair of black and white tree shots – this one showing the woodpecker food I have around the edge of the property.
circle branches February 17 2018
Just like the shape these two curving branches make when seen from the right angle.

16 Comments

  1. That last snap is pure poetry! I am curious about forcing bulbs. The author of ‘potpourri from a Sussex garden’ has detailed instructions on forcing, but I am still intimidated. Do you know a place I can learn more?

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  2. The limestone boulder looks like it’s at least near if not in your garden. A great natural feature w/o any gardening woes on your part. Hope the chestnut does better this year for you. What type of woodpeckers do you get there – pileated or something else?

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