Archive for January, 2013
I did try Stock last year and absolutely LOVED it. It is so beautiful with its pink, lavender and white flowers, but the most wonderful thing about it was the way it perfumed the air all around it. We had so many comments on how good our deck area smelled and it was all because of the Stock.
See last years post about Stock at: http://wp.me/p1OXDF-20u
The thing about Stock is that it likes cold weather and can’t tolerate heat. So plant very early in the spring. We enjoyed them for a long time, until the summer heat knocked them back. What a nice surprise though when the cool weather of fall came, Stock seedlings began to grow and got almost big enough to bloom again when the first frost came. I planted small plants from a nursery and also planted some seeds to see how they would do. Both did great.
That why I’m hopeful that it re-seeds, and this spring will be especially sweet.
It’s been a cold (single digits) and snowy (3 storms in a row) and icy (worst ice storm ever). Today the snow started again and is supposed to continue Monday and Tuesday. It’s been snowing all afternoon and it’s beautiful.
One good thing about very cold temperatures is that many pests are killed off. At least that is what I’m counting on.
This cold winter won’t last forever and when it finally is over, I’m hoping for a beautiful spring full of Tulips, Irises, Columbine, Peonies, Forget-Me-Nots, Foxglove and Delphiniums.
After being inundated with a couple of feet of snow (which has been on the ground now about 2 weeks), and being house bound
because of the ice storm yesterday that left a quarter inch of solid ice on driveways, sidewalks and roads (the interstate was closed, as well as all the runways at the airport) I am SO ready for spring and summer.
It’s times like this that I’m so glad that I’ve taken lots and lots of pictures of our garden so I can, not only enjoy looking at them during the cold days of cabin fever, but to also evaluate the garden to see what’s working and what might need some tweaking.
Here are a few shots of warmer times in our garden.
We’ve just returned from Arizona where the lemons, oranges and grapefruit are hanging heavy on the trees and it’s the middle of January.
Here in Zone 6 it’s possible to grow citrus but they have to be in large containers so they can be brought inside to protect them from the bitter cold of our winters.We grow Kumquats and Mandarin oranges in large pots and when it’s nice and warm again they will go back out into the bright sunshine.
They do well inside if there is plenty of sunshine to keep them healthy and thriving.
This spring they will be transplanted into much larger pots so next winter it will be a challenge to bring them inside. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
If it has to get bitterly cold, the best thing for the plants here in Zone 6 is to have a nice thick, insulating layer of snow down. Then if and when it warms a little and begins to melt some of the snow, moisture seeps down to the roots to keep the plants from dehydrating too much, which makes them more susceptible to the bitter cold.