Thanks to BEK's latest post and all the seed/plant catalogs in the mail, I've been propelled into thinking ahead to spring.
We have one or two Hellebores still alive. They have never bloomed and I doubt they will this year.
Look at this one from the Heronswood catalog.
So gorgeous! I will look for this at our local nursery this spring.
I wish Acanthus mollis were hardy in our zone. I suppose I could try it...
And look at the foliage...
We should try some Epimediums in our shade garden this year. How about Epimedium x rubrum? Nice.
Why do gardeners always seem to have zone envy? Check out this plant I can't grow either....
Can you tell I love the color pink? Yeah. No kidding.
Our bamboo is still green and looking good...
Under all this ice are koi, goldfish and a frog or two. Yes, they always over winter OK.
Kim and I planned on enlarging our veggie garden next year. Until my lay-off that is. We'll see.
We moved our Golden Chain tree last fall. It looks like it might make it, this bud looks hopeful.
And it appears that our Dogwood tree will return...
There are spring bulbs under this snow somewhere....
Wish I had the space for this type of garden embellishment...(I can dream!)
If you love to garden, check out this site; Zen of Watering.
I'm getting close to starting some annuals from seed. That should help curb my lust for spring planting. Besides, it's good for me!
"Get dirty, be happy.
Gardeners know how important soil is to plants, but studies are now finding out that it's good for people, too. Researchers at Bristol University and University College London discovered that the soil bacteria Mycobacterium vaccae helps elevate your mood. Originally used to treat cancer patients' pain, scientists found the bacterium also increased feelings of well-being. Studies with mice found that M. vaccae affects the brain in a similar way to anti-depressants. So get out in the garden and get dirty ----- it's good for you."
(from Garden Gate magazine - Feb 2008)
Here's wishing everyone a great New Year!