It’s been a wild winter weather week (😁) featuring snow, rain, lots of freezing rain and ice pellets, 90 km per hour wind and a pendulum of swinging temperatures. Suffice to say, there’s still nothing growing in the garden. Here then are six shots from last weekend, from in and around my yard. To see some actual garden SoSes, with actual flowers actually in bloom, just head on over to The Propagator‘s page!
1 – What’s happening inside #1 – an ode to our host – I cut some red osier dogwood (Cornus sericea) twigs to bring inside and brighten up the place. Put them in water and voilà! Leaves, flowers and roots! New shrubs to give to friends in a few months.
2 – What’s happening inside #2 – more propagating, this time with more seeds! These are all new to me, aside from Echinacea of course, but even that is a new to me variety. These are from a lovely new, small Canadian source, Apocryphal Seeds. I need to start stratifying this weekend!
3 – What’s happening inside #3 – I’m looking after this tiny succulent for a friend while she’s wintering in Spain. It’s grown by a third since being in my care (in a lovely and sunny west window), and, in keeping with the propagation theme, has even started to procreate (see the even tinier new leaves at the bottom?) I can’t find the botanical name for this tropical beauty, but an Instagram visitor (@CountyGardening) calls it ‘ogre ears’ !!! rev. very early in the morning – Matthew Jeffery, the alpine botanical horticulturist at Royal Botanic Garden, Kew (that’s in England!!), has kindly identified this as Crassula ovata “Gollum”. Thanks Matthew!
4 – Moving outdoors, to a place where there is no propagation occurring at the moment, this hornet’s nest (bee nest? wasp nest?) is high in a tree on our road, just beyond the driveway. I’ve walked or run or driven under these trees a thousand times in the past year but just last weekend noticed the nest!
5 – Even further afield from the garden, I love the cedar split rail fences you see all over the countryside. This one, about 5 km away, is close to the lake and right beside my favourite patch of wild grapes. Yes, I made jelly last year. Last Friday the fence was very picturesque.
6 – Finally, just beyond the fence, there’s a bit of a clearing with a few trees. I love the view of the lake from here but this time of year it often can’t be seen thanks to hills and dunes created by ground up ice that gets blown to shore.
That’s it for this week. Hopefully some day soon the snowdrops and crocus will appear. Until then, I’m enjoying the snow and crisp temperatures! Staf warm!!