|Helleborus 'Aubergine Dream'|
The weather has been unpredictable this winter. Although we have had some winter temperatures, we have had some days where the temperatures climbed into the 60's. And we had one week of straight rain. Our area has been way below the needed rainfall for the season, so the rain did help. And we finally got some snow, a little under an inch. It was a nice covering for all of the winter browns and grays.
|Curled Beech Tree Leaf Filled with Snow|
Gardening Zone: 7a
January High Temperature: 66 degrees F
January Low Temperature: 14 degrees F
Precipitation: 2.18 inches
The birds have been enjoying the feeders in this cold weather.
|Finches Enjoying Sunflower Seeds|
I caught a glimpse of a fox in the nearby woods. It has been a while since I have seen one. I hope I can get a photo of it soon.
what's blooming, sprouting
Some of the hydrangea shrubs are beginning to bud.
And I can see the beginnings of some daffodils peeking through the soil.
|Daffodils Emerging from the Soil|
The hellebores are budding and blooming.
|Helleborus 'Royal hybrid'|
The buddleia plants are beginning to sprout a few leaves.
|Buddleia davidii 'Black Knight'|
I just love the winter color of Hens and Chicks.
I planted a few hyacinth bulbs indoors a few weeks ago. Now, they are beginning to bloom.
|Hyacinth orientalis hybrid|
Two of my African violets are blooming.
the vegetable garden
During these very cold nights, I cover the vegetables with tarps and blankets. So far, they have held up to ice and snow and cold temperatures.
|Cabbage 'Fast Vantage'|
|Swiss Chard 'Bright Lights'|
|Mix of Arugula and Black Seeded Simpson Lettuce|
|Napa Cabbage 'Rubicon'|
chores for February
clear away plant debris and leaves
sow spring vegetable seeds indoors
prune raspberry bush
I have had a problem with nyjer seed going rancid very quickly, so I now empty the contents into freezer containers and freeze it as soon as I get it home from the store. It keeps very well.
This post matches the first My Garden Notebook I did last year, and it was very interesting to compare the differences between this January and last January. Because last winter was unseasonably warm, the daffodils were already blooming. This year, we are having more normal winter temperatures even with the warm days mixed in. If things continue as they have, the daffodils will not bloom until late February or early March.
What's in your Garden Notebook for February?
I am joining in the following:
Helen of The Patient Gardener hosts End of Month View. This monthly meme is where garden bloggers share their garden views for the end of the month.
And The Gardening Blog for Garden Bloggers Harvest Day, a monthly meme where bloggers can show off their gardens.
Last month I held a giveaway for two of my In the Garden calendars. I put all the names in a basket and asked my husband to pick two names. The lucky names are:
Linda of Charmed Victorian
Heather of It's Geek to Me
Congratulations and enjoy the calendar!
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