The Thanksgiving snows melted and I was able to get out into the garden and cut back the last of the perennials and put up Christmas lights.  This time of year the “bones” of the garden really show through so I though a few photos would be fun.  Here are three taken from the back step left to right  – a panorama of sorts.




There are still creatures about – deer mostly as I think the little bear cub must have hibernated.  The birds and squirrels are at the feeder non-stop, and we had a nocturnal visit from this little flying squirrel.


When its too cold to garden, I bring the garden inside – here are some succulents wintering over in a south facing window


I like to make a “sparkle tree” from a crabapple branch – the light is wonderful when the sun sets around 4:17 these days.


I made this star from milkweed pods and an acorn cap collected on a walk


Winter is here and the garden is resting

Wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas and Happy and Healthy New Year

Forsythia Hedge

When we moved here in 2001, there was a small hedge of forsythia behind the fence.  It grew and grew and became a monster 60 feet long, up to 15 feet high, and 20 feet deep.  Intertwined were vines of bittersweet, grapevine, and Virginia Creeper.  We mostly ignored the “hedge” because we didn’t have to gaze at it very often, but once the porch was finished, we knew we had to tackle the monstrosity or be swallowed up.  Here it is back in October.



Starting to cut it back:




Making progress:



We found the groundhog burrow:


Almost done:




There’s a bit more trimming to do and we created a pretty big burn pile to take care of in January, but come spring it should be a vast improvement.




A surprise

I purchased a yellow Clivia miniata many years ago from Logee’s Greenhouse in Connecticut.  It never bloomed, it got scale, it looked lousy, and yet I couldn’t quite part with it.  This year, I put in the basement and left it for the winter with instructions to be watered once a month.   When we returned the first of April, there was a bloom spike.  Ta da!


Outside it is not so lovely. We are forecast to have freezing rain and possible icing today and tonight.  The daffodils have buds on them so I will be out covering some of them with buckets so the weight of the ice doesn’t ruin them.

The Hepatica bloomed Friday when we had a warm interlude.  I think I will cover them as well.


Ah, spring in New England.  The roller coaster ride continues……..




It snowed…. and then it snowed some more… and I think its going to snow again.   Actually, this is really good for the garden.  We had terrible drought last summer so the snow should help the water table.  It is also a good insulation for all the plants.  The garden is resting.

Here’s my house after the last storm.


So while the garden rests, I think a walk in a warm place is in order.




Tulips and other plants – Florida version

I am not sure what my garden is doing at the moment because I am lucky to be away visiting in Florida.   Friends report that there has been ice, snow, rain, melt, freeze, more ice, so I hope my plants are safely snoozing.  Here are some lovely local plants I saw on a walk yesterday.

The bougainvillea are stunning.



Red Hibiscus


Orange Hibiscus


Bird of Paradise




I don’t know the name of this but I like the two different colored blossoms


And those tulips I mentioned?  There are lots of pretty shells here. The smaller ones are called banded tulips and the larger are the true tulips – one with a tillandsia tucked inside.