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Jan. 28 - Filled the bird feeders and shoveled snow. Lots and lots of snow.
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Cleaning Up The Mess Winter Left

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Early spring before cleanup

Even though I love the spring time when the temperatures rise and the inversion lifts and we have unlimited sunshine, I can’t help but dwell on the massive amount of work ahead of me as I began to remove the winter kill as well as the unwanted growth from the flower beds.

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Early Spring before cleanup

I suppose it is because our growing season is so short, things really start growing very fast once they’ve come up. This applies to perennials and weeds alike. But even more than that are the many plants that come up in the wrong place. Take Hollyhocks, for instance. I love them, they are majestic and beautiful and can add so much to a garden with their height and colors, but unfortunately, if not cut back before they throw their seeds, they will re-seed all over the garden.
This applies to many plants, including Feverfew, Foxglove, Purple Cone Flower, Cosmos, Snapdragons and quite a few others.

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Hollyhocks and Feverfew coming up under the Aprium tree.

These pictures show how awful a garden can look in the early spring. There is the dead growth from last fall, the weeds that have wintered over and are thriving and then there is the good plants in the wrong places.

This is an unusual spring in that I am bringing help in to clean up the mess and get the garden off to a “clean” start. I’m so excited. What usually takes me all spring to accomplish (and sometimes half the summer) will all be accomplished in one day. I hope my expectations aren’t too high because I really have a vision of what the garden will look like at the end of day.

I’ll post before and after pictures to show the amazing differences.

More Snow

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Snow still covering everything with more coming down.

It’s snowing again today and should continue for another day.

One of the best things about snow here in the desert is the moisture it provides to the plants in the early spring as it melts, giving them a nice jump start. We get so much more moisture (in the form of snow) in the winter than in the hot summer months. We fight the dry heat, which can really take a toll on plants.

We’ll soon be leaving on our winter vacation to warmer climates. We leave with lots of snow on the ground and hopefully when we return, it will be to the very beginning of spring. Even then we can certainly get more snow, but it probably wouldn’t stay on the ground for very long.

Ahh Spring and Summer. How I miss you.

A Winter To Remember

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View of Aprium tree from kitchen window Jan. 28, 2013


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.

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Deck and Grape Arbor in snow

Kumquats and Other Plants Wintering Over

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.

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Kumquats wintering over inside

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.

Winter and the Plants Are Happy

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.

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18" of snow protecting the perennials










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