Sunday, May 1, 2016

Greenhouse in January

Well, at least I am finally on 2016, even though I am still behind with my posts. It’s progress, right?

My Candelabra Aloe (Aloe arborescens) blooms in the winter every year. It is something I look forward to. 

I have been talking about needing to repot it for at least a year now. It is way too big and unwieldy for the pot it is in. It actually fell on top of me when I was in the greenhouse watering one day.

I am ashamed to admit that I bought this hanging basket of succulents from Home Depot, or maybe it was Lowe’s, about two years ago. It still looks great!

Jade and succulents in a vertical planter.

Kokedamas that I made last year are still looking nice. I have these in the window by the door so that I can see them from the family room.

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I may be seriously behind with my garden posts on my blog, however, I post about a photo a day to Instagram, which gives a real-time view of what is going on in my garden. You don’t have to be on Instagram to see the photos, you can just click on the link below and view the photos on your computer if you prefer. Or if you’re on Instagram, follow me! I am also on Twitter. Anything I post to Instagram I also post to Twitter with a link to the Instagram page. So if you prefer Twitter, you can follow me there.

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My Gardens in December 2015

December was warm considering it was supposed to be winter. We still hadn’t had a really big killing frost.

The Kitchen Garden in December 2015

Sparse, but still a few things were growing in the kitchen garden in December, due to the warm weather. I have never had as much growing this late in the season before.

 Arugula, Rainbow Chard, and Leeks.

Kale ‘Redbor.’

Rainbow Chard and Dill.


More Parsley, Sorrel, and Garlic Chives.

Garlic Chives and Sorrel.

The Flower Garden in December 2015

Foggy mornings were somewhat common in the garden in the warmth of December.

It was warm enough for a yellow rose or two to still be blooming!

And daffodils thought it was already spring.

There was even mint still growing outside the back door – enough to make a couple mojitos.

Also outside the back door, Oregano, Thyme, and Sage, were still green – barely touched by frost at all.

But no mistake, it WAS December.

The Christmas Ferns had their fine greenery for Christmas, hence the name.

Winnie watched over the garden, as always.

I put the leftover pumpkins from Halloween and Easter out in the garden for the squirrels to munch on. Usually they devour them, but this time they really weren’t interested.

The neighbor’s cats continued to take advantage of the warmer weather.

As did my cats!

My Gardens in November of 2015

I am determined to get caught up with my garden posts!

My Kitchen Garden in November of 2015

The gravel path gets covered in leaves by November. I swear it is under there somewhere.

Puss, one of my neighbor’s cats, was still enjoying sitting on the garden bench in November since it was a warm fall.

The Alaska Nasturtium crawled its way toward the garden bench, as well.

Despite the increasingly cold weather, the flowers of the red Gift Zinnias hung on!

Kale ‘Redbor,’ with its ruffled, dark purple leaves. This is an edible kale, however it requires massaging to get it to soften up a bit before cooking.

Leaks, Rainbow Chard, Merlot Lettuce, and Arugula still looking good in November?! Was true!

My Flower Garden in November of 2015

The garden chair was still a pleasant place to sit, even this late in fall.

In this shot, the hostas were devastated by the first frost.

Behind the chair, Mr. Gnome guzzled down some fall cider outside his house.

The flower garden was a mix of browns, greens, and yellows.

Those roses, oh those roses. They just weren’t willing to give up quite yet.

The wisteria leaves put on their fall color on top of the shed.

The grass was surprisingly green for this time of the year, again due to it being warmer than usual. The silver of the sage shows we were still able to enjoy some herbs even this late in the year.

The leaves coated most of the moss in the Secret Garden.

The angel slept in a blanket of leaves in this same area.

Also in the Secret Garden, the flowers on this hydrangea turned a bright pinkish red.

Colorful leaves in front of the shed / workshop in November.