As February Ends

As we near the end of another month I’m at a loss for words.  In my experience January and February are the coldest months.  Not this year. We’ve had more days above freezing then below and several days above 75 degrees F.  While I expect there will be many hard frosts and cold days ahead of us  I’m at a loss for words.  So I’ll just take you on a walk around the yard with me.

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Plum. February 26, 2017

I’m so glad I don’t make a living selling fruit.  Our plum is in full bloom and a hard freeze will destroy any hope of a crop.  While I would love to have plums the two trees are beautiful and a wonderful addition to the landscape.  When you look out the living room window they take center stage.

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Forsythia. February 26, 2017

Forsythia always makes me smile.  The bright yellow flowers cheer me.  The bed they are in has had a rough go.  First in the process of removing several massive pine trees they were crushed by falling limbs; next many were buried under a sea of wood chips; a year later their roots were assaulted when we had the stumps ground; and then they were buried under a sea of poison ivy and honeysuckle.  Over the weekend I pulled out the poison ivy and honey suckle.  I know they’ll be a price to pay.  But they look so much happier.

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Potato sprouting in worm bin.  February 26, 2017

This is our backyard worm bin.  I’m always amazed at the things that sprout in it.  I keep it filled with leaves and kitchen scraps.  Looks like a potato has taken root.

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Foggy morning.  February 23, 2017

We’ve had several foggy mornings. Can you see the cardinal in the fig tree?  We put a bird feeder right outside the dining room window and have so enjoyed watching the birds.

 

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Collard greens. February 18, 2017

This is one of the containers I had gotten to store rain water.  When it leaked I just cut it in half  and filled it with dirt and compost.  One half became a planter and the other  our worm bin.  It makes a great raised bed.  Just need to remember to water it.  Growing in raised beds and containers is a lot different than growing in the ground.  These are collard greens I planted in October.  They managed to survive the winter and gave us a wonderful dinner.

 

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The weeded strawberry bed.  February 26, 2017

The strawberry patch is looking good.  Yep, just finished weeding it and added a layer of shredded leaves.  Lots of new growth. I see a good crop of strawberries in our future.

Oh before you leave let me show you one more thing.  See these potatoes?

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Seed potatoes.  February 12, 2017

Last year we planted German Butterball potatoes.  At the end of the season we had a few that we didn’t plan on eating so I buried them under a pile of leaves.  I doubted they would survive and to be quite honest feared they would rot into a stinky mess.  But I was wrong.  They looked great.  Many were covered in sun starved shoots and long straggly roots.  I pulled most of these off.   Now I have more seed potatoes.  I planted them last week.

 

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February 23, 2017

Oh is it time to go already.  Well, thank you for coming over.  You’re always welcome here so don’t be a stranger.


“A garden is a grand teacher. It teaches patience and careful watchfulness; it teaches industry and thrift; above all it teaches entire trust.”  Gertrude Jekyll

 

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10 thoughts on “As February Ends

  1. Lovely photos! Yes, the weather has been very inconsistent in the southern hemisphere too. Where I live the flaxes have failed to flower, despite ample rain. Hebes have flowered heavily. Very few bumblebees, strangely. Nights have been cool right through. I think we’ve only had three or four warm nights this summer, up where I live. Other parts of the country are in drought but we’ve had generous amounts of rain so everything is still very green at a time of year when everything is usually burnt out by this late in the summer. Pluses and minuses. But the “choppiness” of the weather worldwide worries me.

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    • Thank you Elfe. Growing up I never imagined that one day I’d be taking pictures with my phone. ☺ You put it very well: “the ‘choppiness’ of the weather worldwide worries me”. I fear this will become the new normal.

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    • Ah it wasn’t easy. 😉 We had eaten our fill and potatoes don’t store well in our house. I didn’t know how to store them (other than cooked) so took a chance. Lesson learned. Now I know I can store them outdoors under a 2 ft mound of shredded leaves. We may be able to eat potatoes all winter and have seed potatoes for the following season. I’m so glad you enjoyed the garden tour. Please come back anytime.

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  2. I love your garden! I’m also concerned this year, more than last one…I live in Surrey, very close to Vancouver, BC (Canada) and this winter has been completely crazy. We usually have only two or three snow “days” and the snow doesn’t stay on the ground for long. It is rare when temperatures drop below zero and last year by this time we had flowers in many trees…this winter we have had around 5+ snow events, some lasting for a few days and the snow has stayed there. Temperatures have gone below zero (Celcius) more than 10 days in a row. The birds are crazy and I’m concerned about the crops and when to start seeds as I have no idea when the frozen soil will stop…or whether we can expect more snow in March!
    Climate change is here and tangible, and it will affect not only our mood and routines but our crops, which means less food security/sovereignty for all…

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  3. Thanks Silvia, it’s a work in progress. I understand your concerns. One of the reasons I started this blog is to track changes in weather, flowering, crop success or failure over time. For example last year the daffodils and forsythia reached their peak in the middle of March. Flowers from the same plants have already reached their peak and are starting to fade. You did give be cause to smile. Not to minimize the cold you’re experiencing but I had no idea that the weather in Vancouver was so mild. I live in Statesville, NC (USA). While the average last frost day is April 15th, I try not to plant warm season crops until the last week of April or the beginning of May. I’ve been tempted in the past and without a doubt we have a late frost and we’re running trying to cover things. We all are having to adjust to a new normal and unfortunately we’re still trying to learn what that is. But learn we will and you’ve just given me an idea for another post. Thanks for your comments. 🙂

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