Just as we are recovering from one snow storm, another has followed with icy rain that only adds to the weight of the already deposited snow on tree limbs and branches. Our one tree found this burden over whelming and in the early morning hours fell. Yes, when a tree falls it does make a sound for all to hear. As the cold chill of winter hangs in the morning air, natures feathered friends begin to peak from under branches in their venture for food. The birds have landed upon it as if to say good-bye. The temperatures are up and out of the single digits, even if it is only for a short while. Somewhere a lone woodpecker pecks his song for all to enjoy…while the crisp air engulfs your senses, anticipation for spring and the new rebirth of deciduous trees, shrubs and perennials that will bring a slow smile to some. Our native birds enjoy the splendor of the discovery as they go from plant to plant within our yards, gardens and open fields. Bird feeders are always a “ good thing” this time of year. Suet is also helpful for our visiting bird friends.
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Lets take a moment to talk about one of my favorite garden woody shrubs, Hydrangea/Macrophylla : “All Summer Beauty”. Why you ask? This variety fills the garden from early spring through summer with beautiful long-lasting blooms, that offer a variety of color hues. ”All Summer Beauty” grows on old wood in spring, when Nature surprises with a frost – this wonderful plant will continue to produce buds on new wood. In fall “All Summer Beauty” continues to grace your garden with its yellowish-green serrated leaves, a foliage highlight to just about any garden…..enjoy!
“All Summer Beauty”
Hydrangea/Macrophylla “All Summer Beauty”
Sometimes when the day is dictated by forces beyond your control, such as mother nature you simply have to roll with it…on your sled, then come in and make plans for the future and hope for the best. The Philadelphia Flower Show – March 1 thru March 9th 2014.
The Flower Show this year will be full of “ special exhibits”. The Philadelphia Garden Clubs will come together with area art schools to display exhibits. Bank of America will exhibit a selection of “Andy Warhol – floral prints” along with” Buck County Sculptor Steve Tobin who will exhibit his work.” The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will also bring various partners together to ensure a spectacular adventure at “Articulture”. Info:www.theflowershow.com
Another thought…begin a list of things needed to begin your early seed starting. Soil – the beginning of all good plants another option grow pellets. Seeds – read all the planting directions written on the seed package for best results. Container – clean washed & dried container with drainage, pot, tray. Light/heat source – fluorescent – high density plant grow light. A seed heat mat – aids in maintaining a constant soil temperature, it is important to keep soil warm to encourage proper seed growth.
Now as the day is coming to an end, it is so amazing how the moon’s light dances on the glistening icy snow…..stay warm! Until later, El
Bo relaxing after romping in the snow..2014