February has seen the coldest days of the winter season with several days of hard frosts.
Consequently signs of spring have been slow to emerge. There are a lot of bare spots in the perennial borders and I fear I lost some plants to the cold weather. It’s still a little too early to tell.
A few bulbs are beginning to show themselves…hyacinths, fuchsias, daffodils and species tulips.
The driveway is covered in pollen from the pine trees which turns everything yellow, including the cars.
Shanna likes to help with the washing.
She doesn’t like to waste a drop.
Casey wandered over to see what was up.
The hellebores are in full flower, a delight in this mostly drab time of year.
Remember my post about dreams of a row of bright bearded iris’ along the driveway? That was about three years ago. Well, I have given up the dream. They simply didn’t do well. It was probably a combination of damp and foggy summers, lack of water and redwood root competition. I couldn’t bear to simply chuck them so dug up as many as I could and have replanted them in half wine barrels where I have more control. It isn’t the right time of year so I doubt they will bloom this spring but maybe by next year.
Here’s hoping that dahlia bulbs will do better in that same spot. It’s too early to plant but I have some coming next month.
Shanna likes to dig and hunt. So far she has caught two moles, a squirrel and a bird. The digging part makes her unpopular with this gardener. I am trying a new method of scattering red pepper flakes on her favorite spots. Maybe it will discourage the critters as well as her excavations.
The major acquisition in the garden is a chipper for the brush and tree trimmings. We have a lot to clear out before fire season starts this summer and fall.
My husband is having a wonderful time with the new toy.
I am unsure if I will plant much of a vegetable garden this year because of worries about lack of water. We had no rain in January and only a drop at the end of February.