Gardeners are weavers of magic. A seed is planted. Some months later, a tall plant waves its flowers or dangles its fruits before us. ~Patricia Monaghan.
I am not going to complain about winter….I am not going to complain about winter…..I am not going to…….. Mother Nature has had a fickle way with seasons, and this winter is no exception. And I think that is just how it is going to be. So I can complain or I keep dreaming of spring.
I choose to keep on dreaming, especially about fresh veggies from the garden, like the pea blossoms above. I am going to be starting some veggies indoors soon, and in about 2 months the cool weather veggies will be started outside. I can’t wait as spring is coming in a month and a half. And in celebration I am having a seed giveaway (see details at the end of the post).
But even with the anticipation of spring, I really don’t want to rush my days. I have learned that each day is precious, and I still am loving the gorgeous scenes as they change from white, to green to white again.
I am continuing to notice things in my garden especially during the thaws as the areas that flood show themselves (as you can see in this picture). And I am keeping a journal that started in January. I hope to get better at keeping track of the garden as the months go on. These “noticings” will be instrumental in my study of the garden.
There isn’t a whole lot to share in this journal entry as I show what has been happening in my January garden. I am linking in with Helen@The Patient Gardener’s Weblog for her End of Month View.
We have had some crazy weather in the country this winter. We have had sub zero temps and a couple feet of snow so far in January. And then a thaw with 50 degree temps and an inch of rain. But the critters seem to be weathering this craziness.
And the sunsets I have been able to view have been breathtaking on my way to work. Deep purples and muted reds and oranges turning into brilliant fiery colors as the sun shows itself on the horizon. Luckily I was able to capture one on a weekend.
As we are in winter’s grip, I thought I would share some beautiful winter views from the January back gardens.
I love the close up views of the only maple inside the fence. The different colored lichen gives it even more beauty.
These are the woods in the wild area behind the meadow. This is not technically my garden, but I love the view.
The bayberry bush, beneath the center trees, stays evergreen for much of winter. I am still hoping to find a few more that are male and female so I can eventually get some berries.
I wanted to share this stunning pink morning light that turned the entire garden pink one day. Such a gorgeous view that I feel so blessed to be able to see in winter.
These are the plans for the veg garden this year. We now have three 8 x 4 foot raised beds and one 4 x 4 foot bed for vegetables. The other 4 x 4 foot bed now has blueberries and strawberries in it. And I still have lots of grow bags and my 2 big green tubs to give me more planting area on the patio.
Every year I rotate all the beds, and actually had a mental plan for the beds in fall since I had to know where to plant the garlic. The garlic is growing beautifully under the snow right now and I see it growing at least 6 inches already whenever we have a melt. I like to get the most use of my beds once the garlic is harvested. So I will be planting late summer/fall lettuces, greens and carrots in the garlic bed, hoping that the voles will not devour them again, and we can enjoy them instead.
Red onion set, blue potatoes and blue fingerling potatoes are ordered. The tomatoes will have their own small bed this year. The pea and bean bed has been moved to combine with the peppers, okra and eggplant combo that worked so well last year.
And the new large bed will have squash and watermelons all growing up arches to give me more room. The baby watermelons and Delicata squash will grow up 4 foot high arches made from metal fencing (we hope). I have a special v-shaped trellis that will support the zucchini. Then we can grow lettuces, greens, carrots, radishes, beets and other cool season veggies under the trellis and arches.
Now where to plant the pumpkins. Well that may have to wait until I come up with another trellis or arch to use as I have limited sunny space for them. Maybe planted on arches over the garlic….hmmmm….now that could work!
We had so much critter activity in the garden in January which was a delight. Of course the bluebirds remain. Isn’t their color stunning. And we had a red-tailed hawk at the very top of a 100 foot tree in the woods just behind the meadow. He was swaying in the wild wind that day.
Our newest visitor is a red-bellied woodpecker. I was so excited to see him visiting the suet feeder and feeding on the damaged ash tree. I adore his scarlet head. And the red house finch have been frequent visitors now with the goldfinches and bluebirds. The tracks in the melting snow are the tunnels the voles built under the snow. I am sure we will find massive damage to the lawn.
The Wide Shot
Xericstyle is hosting this meme the first of every month, and all you have to do is post your favorite wide shot of your garden. I am still watching the view from my bedroom window surveying the entire back garden. Here’s what the end of January, beginning of February looks like. Still pretty much the same.
Gardens Eye Verse
We had a surprise visitor in January, our resident fox. He spent the day and inspired a poem and a whole post that you can read tomorrow at Beautiful Wildlife Garden.
Red flashing by.
Black socks trotting slowing.
Two now-stealthily waiting.
And then gone-
Red flashing by.
Seasonal Celebrations will be starting soon on March 1st. I hope you will join in. Details to follow next week in my Monday post.
Next up on the blog: I will have an early Garden Bloggers Bloom Day post where I will be profiling another favorite spring bulb that I am dreaming about as the garden stays covered in its white blanket.
I am linking in with Michelle@Rambling Woods for her Nature Notes meme. It is a great way to see what is happening in nature around the world every Wednesday.
I hope you will join me for my posts once a month at Beautiful Wildlife Garden. See my latest post. My next post will be on February 4th.
I can also be found blogging once a month at Vision and Verb. I hope you will pop over to read some of my posts.
As always, I’ll be joining Tootsie Time’s Fertilizer Friday.
I am also joining in I Heart Macro with Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday.
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