We had a few inches of heavy snow Thursday night – with temperatures above zero in the foreseeable future it’ll likely be gone within a few days but this morning it’s still there. You can see lots of small footprints in the snow – many more than in previous weeks, so I’m thinking a lot […]
Although Sunday started out gloomy and wet, a brisk south-westerly soon blew away the clouds and allowed the sun to reveal a glorious late winter landscape. Snow and ice melted away leaving dirty drifts at the side of roads or brown squishy fields and yards that led to much dog paw washing all afternoon. Around […]
Six-On-Saturday – six things from the garden on this Saturday.
It was a brilliant weekend on The County – just above freezing during the day, just below freezing at night, a bit of rain late Saturday, a lot of sun on Sunday. Pretty perfect. Sunday morning there was a very light frost covering everything; I went out just before the sun hit and melted it […]
Mid winter is often considered the best time to prune fruit trees: the tree is dormant so sap isn’t running; the cold means insects and fungal diseases aren’t going to enter the cutting wound; there’s no leaves so you can clearly see the branching structure I only have three fruit trees: dwarf sour cherry (Romeo, […]
Part of the beauty of winter is discovering shapes, textures, colours and relationships in plants that you can’t see in the growing season. Tree trunks growing in weird and wonderful directions. Fat buds waiting to burst. Bronzed coniferous foliage or bright red deciduous branches. The weathered leaf of this Cup Plant (Silphium perforliatum) is […]