Six on Saturday – A New Year Begins – January 4, 2020

It was misting when I went out this morning to see what I would find in my garden. We’ve had rain again, but with warmer temperatures. Puddles in the beds and the Burt lake is back. But, really, no complaints. It could be icy rain or snow.

  1. Nandina berries. I love the reflections in the water drops.

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2. Why is a reblooming iris which didn’t rebloom last fall think now is the time?

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3. Allium bulbs are stirring among a blanket of leaves.

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4. I’m so glad I didn’t cut back these grasses. They are a spot of light in an otherwise drab winter landscape.

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5. Can anyone identify this plant? I’m not sure where it came from but it is growing in my small nursery bed. Someone must have given me a slip. It’s now about 24″ tall and has wicked thorns. My brain is saying perhaps some sort of orange but how it would have survived last winter’s cold I don’t know.

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6. Last fall I divided my clivias and only kept one. People who were gifted with plants have told me theirs have bloomed. Mine has been in the garage for two months without being watered so it is time to bring it in and see what happens.

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That’s my first Six-on-Saturday of the new year in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

#lovemygarden   #mid-atlantic garden   #Six-on-Saturday  #malaburt

Six on Saturday – Baby, It’s Cold Outside – December 21, 2019

On this shortest day of the year we have winter temperatures. Ours are moderate compared to many places in the United States, but 26 degrees Fahrenheit means the ground was crunchy underfoot when I went outside this morning to see what I could find in the garden.

  1. Before I headed outside I pulled my chicken stock bag out of the freezer and put a pot to boil on the stove. By the time I came in the house was fragrant. My mother taught me to put a little apple cider vinegar in the pot when making stock. She said it pulled the calcium out of the bones. I have no idea if that is true and suspect cider vinegar was a replacement for white wine in the stock pot of a cook who grew up on an Iowa farm. IMG_9899

2. Last weekend I was in Tennessee with Laura Ambler attending opening night of our play, The Santa Diaries, at Encore Theatre Company in Mt. Juliet. This photo is us (in the middle) with the cast. This small community theater did us proud. A memorable production.

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3. The window boxes are full of greens from my property. Not as full as in years past when I had bags of greens left over from a wreath workshop at the St. Michaels Woman’s Club, but it will do. The box of red ribbons is still on the shelf in the garage. I have a few days to get them in place.

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4. My husband has refilled the woodpile on the deck and the level behind the shed is falling. We will have enough to get us to spring and then he will restock for 2020.

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5.  A camellia is full of buds as is a rhododendron. I doubt that purple rhodo bud will make it through to spring.

 

6. I rooted around in the hellebore bed but found no buds. However, at the roots of one of my old maples I found a moss garden. I think the fairies are tucked under those cozy green blankets and will emerge in the spring.

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That’s my Six-on-Saturday on the Winter Solstice in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. The meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

As we head toward Christmas, may your days be merry and bright. Happy Holidays to one and all!

#lovemygarden   #mid-atlantic garden   #Six-on-Saturday  #malaburt

 

 

 

Six on Saturday – First Snow – December 14, 2019

When I went out on Wednesday morning to go to my 7am yoga class, my car was covered with snow. I’d thought I had heard it rain overnight, but it must have changed to snow at some point. The roads were just wet but the white stuff was a surprise.  Only the hard core people were at yoga that morning. The rest must have seen their cars and decided to stay home.

By the time I got out for some photos much of the snow had melted, but in my attempts to record the snow I found some other interesting things in the garden.

I’m doing this post early as I will be in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee on Friday night to see that state’s premier of The Santa Diaries at the Encore Theatre. Laura Ambler and I are flying in on Friday afternoon and coming home Saturday morning. A whirlwind trip. The flight to Nashville is just an hour. It will take us longer to drive from here to the airport.

And on another writing note the manuscripts for all three books have been sent out for interior formatting. ISBNs have been assigned for print and eBooks and covers are in progress. The first two previously published books will be republished under my name instead of a pen name. The new titles are: Circle of Secrets: Caribbean Romance Trilogy Book 1, Circle of Magic: Caribbean Romance Trilogy Book 2, and Circle of Spirits: Caribbean Romance Trilogy Book 3. Anticipated pub date is April, 2020. I’ll keep you posted.

Here are six things in my garden mid-week.

  1. The snow took me by surprise. Temps were in the upper 50’s yesterday and we’d had rain for several days. You can see standing water along the garden beds. There was more snow when I went out at 6:30 but it was too dark for pictures. I missed the chance to have my garden guy blow out the gutters. Now all is a wet mess that will require a stepladder and my hands in waterproof gloves. My husband spots me.

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2. These small hollies should be big enough in a couple of years to take cuttings for holiday decorations. I’m a sucker for pops of yellow in my garden. The tags are still on these but it was too cold to root around looking for them.

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3. The snow weighted down some of the grasses, but I am entranced with the color they add to an otherwise dreary December garden.

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4. If I hadn’t gone out to take photos, I would have missed the intense color of the Sheffield mum foliage. Wow! I didn’t remember that it did that.

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5. All the trees are now bare including the small leafed maple (left of the chimney) that was featured in my post two weeks ago. I love the lace created by the bare branches against the blue sky.

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6. And finally a harbinger of Spring. Daffodils are peaking through and seed catalogs are arriving daily.

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That’s my Six-on-Saturday for mid-December in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Our first snow. The meme was started by The Propogator, a UK gardener.  This is the link to the rules if you’d like to join in.

#lovemygarden   #mid-atlantic garden   #fall colors  #Six-on-Saturday  #malaburt

Six on Saturday – Winter Color – November 30, 2019

Almost all the leaves are down from the trees, with the exception of one large maple. I’ll wait a little while and then call my garden guy who will climb on the roof and blow out the gutters. Then he’ll blow the worst of the downed leaves out from the garden beds. I don’t mind some as a winter blanket of insulation.

  1. The leaves have fallen from the ninebark by the lattice, from the crepe myrtles and all the red twig dogwoods. The solidago provides some color as does the yucca in the foreground. I almost took it out in the summer but now am glad I didn’t. The Asian honeysuckle in the background has berries but they are not good food for birds.

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2. After cutting back some of the New England asters we can now see the garden sculpture I made from wine barrel hoops. I need to learn how to weld!

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3. A New England aster that hasn’t gotten the “winter is here” memo.

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4. Tall grasses add texture to the garden at this time of year.

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5. A maple near the deck can be seen from inside the house. It suddenly lit up last week.

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6. Inside a boxwood topiary made with my friend Carol Meholic’s help, graces my kitchen. I run water over it daily to keep the Oasis moist.

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