On New Year’s Eve we had a few cm of snow on the ground, but it warmed up and rained that night and, by the first light of the first day of the new year, everything was green (and brown and grey) again. Not to worry – winter is still here! We had more snow Wednesday night and Thursday – which has almost all melted already as temperatures have soared into the low single digits. Another 10 cm or so is expected Monday. Followed by….rain!
Here are Six photos from my garden this week – all (except for the snowy one) taken in the balmy morning of that first day of 2019. For more garden sixes from around the world do take a peek at The Propagator’s site!
#1 – There were no reported injuries from the toppling of this old, repurposed, concrete fountain. I’ll need to give it a proper new base in the spring though. Heavy Machinery may be required!
#2 – Less heavy stone – if I go by the beach on my morning runs I may bring home a small flat stone. The pile frequently topples but I like to reconstruct it. I think I should add a few more this year.
#3 – The leader of my weeping white pine – so sad after the sawfly infestation last year (Click here to see pictures of the sawfly larvae munching away…). I’m thinking I should snip off the naked branch and let new ones come out – any advice out there???
#4 – Two years ago I had one Larkspur (Delphinium sp) flower stalk pop up beside this little Rheingold cedar (Thuja occidentalis ‘Rheingold’). Last year there were a dozen or so, displaying both blue and white flowers. I let them go to seed and next year, if these very hardy seedlings survive, it may provide a major show.
#5 – The leaves on this Kordes ‘Cinderella’ floribunda rose are still green! (Well, kinda green…)
#6 – I have a lot of red Osier dogwood shrubs (Cornus sericea, syn. C. stolonifera) growing naturally on the property, and I need to trim it back from driveways etc. This is not a bad thing, since it provides me with red twigs for outdoor urns and indoor vases, and also encourages new, brighter red, twigs to emerge in the spring.
That’s it for me – perhaps there will be snowy photos next week!