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Having fun with a Couple of Winter Gardening Actions


I do not go outdoors a lot when the climate is that this chilly; it was -1°F (-18 C) a few nights in the past and never a lot hotter through the day. Happily, I needn’t depart the home as my candy husband is greater than prepared to care for the goats and do the grocery procuring. (He will get cabin fever extra typically than me and I believe he enjoys operating to Shoprite as a result of there he bumps into so many individuals that he is aware of.) Though a non-gardener, Duane has an eye fixed for a plant cut price. The opposite day he discovered an excellent deal on hyacinth bulbs in bulb glasses. He introduced one dwelling to test with me that they had been OK, then went again to purchase two extra. I put them in a sunny window in a cool-ish bed room. They simply began to bloom. They’re a really fairly pink with a fragile fragrance. I really like them!


Rising a hyacinth bulb in a transparent glass jar is numerous enjoyable.
Aren’t they stunning?
Two of the amaryllis bulbs that I compelled this 12 months. The pink one is Double Aphrodite and the purple one is Double Double King


I bought my amaryllis bulbs on-line from Longfield Gardens. In case you have by no means compelled bulbs you actually ought to give it a try–it is really easy.  That is what I did. I potted them individually in 6-7″ pots utilizing a well-drained
potting combine. I added water to the combination and stirred till it was moist however not
soggy. I stuffed every pot about half full, set the bulb on prime and stuffed in
with further combine. A 3rd of the bulb must be uncovered and the highest
of the combination must be 1/2″ beneath the rim to permit for watering. I firmed the
combine and watered flippantly.

I positioned the pots the place the temperature stays above 60° F. and I water
solely when the highest inch of the combination is dry–or the bulb might rot. Progress
often begins in 2-8 weeks. When development begins the crops want ample
sunshine so I place them in a south-facing window.

As soon as my amaryllis blooms, I take it out of the daylight and put it in a much less sunny, cooler spot, so the flowers will last more. My dining-room desk is a
good place.


I’m having fun with this funky pink and white striped amaryllis. It’s known as Double Doublet.  
Poinsettias left over from my Christmas show

It isn’t simply the chilly that’s preserving me inside–the ice makes strolling treacherous. The ice and icicles look very fairly on my shrubs, nonetheless, however I want I had sprayed them with an anti-desiccant earlier than the chilly climate to stop winter harm and water loss from the foliage. I’m particularly involved concerning the weeping spruce subsequent to the pond. The winter climate is brutal this 12 months.

 The ice and icicles on the globe arborvitae look very fairly

We had three or 4 inches of snow. The ‘bare girl’, as my grand kids name her, seems very chilly.

I did not test the brassicas within the coldframes immediately. The Brussel sprouts had been wanting nice the final time that I lifted the lids.


Those that have been following my weblog for the previous 14 years or so will know that I really like watching the yard birds within the winter months. My husband arrange a heated water dish and a birdfeeder with suet and chook seed. He positioned them outdoors the French doorways in clear view from my chair within the backyard room. (He removes them when the black bears come out of hibernation.)

View from my chair.


I’m able to get some good pictures by means of that window. Listed here are a couple of I took this week ….

Male cardinal ready for his flip on the heated water dish.
Blue jay and male cardinal on the water dish

This red-bellied woodpecker was consuming seed that was spilled underneath the birdfeeder

That red-bellied woodpecker got here proper up onto the porch.


Left and backside proper: Tufted titmouse, Prime proper: Carolina wren.

This 12 months the Nice Yard Chicken Depend (GBBC) is February 18-21. That is its twenty fifth 12 months. I all the time stay up for this enjoyable and straightforward occasion. Take part if you have not completed so before–whether you might be an knowledgeable, a novice, or a feeder watcher, you may rely for as little as quarter-hour. Click on HERE for extra details about the rely and a couple of free webinar.


One thing I forgot to say in my final posting: After we had been within the reward store at
Longwood Gardens I discovered my good friend’s new e-book on show. Mary-Kate
Mackey’s The Wholesome Backyard, that she wrote with Kathleen Brenzel, is a stunning e-book. After all, I had to purchase it.  I am going to evaluate it in a future submit.

Keep protected and effectively. And for those who reside in a local weather like mine — keep heat!


Pamela x

I introduced this courageous primrose indoors earlier than the bottom froze.


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