Feb 22, 2009
The daffodils in Shelagh's garden are in full swing. The minnows in the back beds aren't showing yet. Muscari are at 20%. Blue Jacket Hyacynth's aren't out yet.
Feb 11, 2009
The borders are filled with seedlings of Larkspur, and Nemophila. The Liriope just got a hair cut about the same time as pruning the Roses.The Georgia Speedwell is blooming early.
The Winter Honeysuckle (in the distance by the end of the drive) is in it's peak form. The fragrance is getting better each week.
The Akebia uncle James gave us is looking pretty good. It's in Clay, covered with bricks, in a very wet run off area from the roof, deep shade.
The cedar stump by the swing, (under the magnolia) is disintegrating. This may be it's last year. It's covered with moss and has a colony of big black ants living inside.
The winter is when Nandina Berries show their worth. Their red color is so intense that even the color blind like me can appreciate them. Many people abhore this heirloom plant but we're proud to have ours that may well date from the time the house was built in 1887.
I sprayed Lime Sulphur spray on the roses and gardenias. This must be done when the temperature is between 45 and 65 degrees, with no rain eminent, and not withing 10 - 14 days of an oil spray. I'll do the oil spray in the 3rd week of Feb.
The winter anual weeds seem to be less prominent this year. Maybe my dilligent pulling of them previously has had an effect. I've gone to using the weed eater to skalp any that I see, as opposed to hand weeding. A "St Augustine" weed and feed did a good job of killing the big spot of clover. Time will tell if it also kills the Ipomea.
Every winter I have to replace broken fence sections. I'm using cypress so this task should get easier each year. Cypress is naturally rot and insect resistant. This takes about a week and coincides with planting season so it's incredibly inconvenient timing. Doing it in the dead of winter would ease the bottleneck but besides working in freezing weather, paint wont dry below 40deg.