Sunday, February 19, 2017

On the Cusp?

We got 8" of snow last week, and now have temps in the 60s this week.  It really feels like we're transitioning to spring.  The sun is startlingly warm while the breeze still picks up the chill of the snow lingering in the shade.

The boundary between two seasons.

Even the bench is warming up.

Ray will correct me if I'm wrong, but I'm guessing that this is dianthus freynii
emerging gorgeously from under the snow in the trough in his front yard.

I know, I know, there's still more cold, sleet and probably snow to come, but I can enjoy the sun today knowing spring is only a couple weeks away.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Yellow Constellation

Even on the dark days of February, the winter jasmine, jasminum nudiflorum, lights up the deck. It's planted at the base of one of the deck support columns, about 8' below this level.  Over the years we've trained it on the trellises under the deck.  It's quietly putting on quite a show now.

This jasmine is quite possibly the best $2 I ever spent.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Encrusted Saxifrage

Saxifraga 'Whitehill' looking a little whiter than usual last week.  It's totally happy to wait out winter in its vertical spot on the tufa.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

January Gardening

We got 6" of snow yesterday, along with cold temps, ... cold at least for us anyway.

The troughs are under blankets of snow today.

Buckets protect some of the evergreens and a few temperamental alpines.

Just after dawn this morning.  
The tender crew looks out the window and dreams of warmer days, just like me.

Monday, December 26, 2016

December's Been A Blur

This month has been a blur, but I've managed to snap a few photos to remind me just how beautiful it can be.  Last week's slush storm, above.

A platoon of Santas at Genevieve's Chocolates, an old school candy shop in Garfield, NJ.

More Genevieve's

My favorite ornament on the tree

Through the water glass.

Climbing hydrangea

Ginger Stout Cake, recipe from The Marrow

Sporobolus wrightii, making a statement in the sun.

One of the reindeer on Christmas Eve.

When a daughter shops for her mom.

Merry Christmas to me (thanks Grace!)

Stuffed pork loin on Christmas.

What a great month.  
Be well.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Warm Fall

I've learned not to be disappointed when we have (more frequently lately) a warm, late autumn and the virburnum farreri 'Nanum' blooms.  It smells so great...and the garden is mostly headed off to sleep right now.

It's out of my hands, like a lot of things these days.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mini Fall Color

As most of the alpines in the troughs go to sleep for the winter, there are still little bits of color and interest.  Above is dryas octopetala.  Fingers crossed that it blooms next year.

Androsace sarmentosa.  Imagine wallpaper in this pattern.

A baby sedum sieboldii (red, lower left) and sprawling dracocephalum argunense Fuji Blue (the thin orange foliage)

Saracennia, of course.