Congratulations to every one in the contest. Memom, I could vision setting in your garden drinking tea and listening to the birds... beautiful.
Going to Minneapolis tomorrow , I have a feeling I am trading one snow bank for another. We are setting record cold here. It is above 0 there. Friend Karen and I will have a ball. Her kids are taking me snow shoeing !! I might need a little liquid encouragement before hand . A hot brandy comes to mind.
Happy Planting to all that can and stay warm to everyone else. Kerryh1
I looked out my kitchen window and seen the light reflecting off the snow. I wish I had better camera, it looked like a rainbow. I was so intent on snapping a picture I feel backward right in to a rose bush. Thank the angels I was smart enough to have put my winter coat on!
Not much gardening getting done since Mother nature has decided to bless us with 3 days of snow and below zero weather. I did clean up the few house plants I have. I don't have "plant window's ". I am so envious of people that have those big bench windows, I had one when I lived in MO. It grew the most beautiful plants and it was on the north side of the house. I can grow Violets in the kitchen window, and a few vine types, but that it.
I am on a quest to find recipes that use Agave Nectar as a sugar substitute. I love this computer, I found hundreds of them. And I have a cook book that uses just Honey, and I found I can use Agave anywhere it calls for Honey.
Jim has been a diabetic for 18 years and we have always followed a good healthy diet, but his kidneys are starting to show sign of distress. So now we are off salt also! I started using all these wonderful greens and weird veggies, there good. So I got a vegan cook book the other day.
It's good thing he is easy to cook for. I found the most wonderful cookies today in my Honey cook book. Agave is supposed to be low on the GI Index. This recipe has whole wheat flour and no salt. I looked in the cookie jar and half are gone! They may be healthy, but I don't think you are to eat a dozen in one afternoon.!! I am not going to say any thing this time, it has been so long since I made a decent cookie, I'll pretend I did n't notice. LOL
Beautiful day, the sun shined and the Chinook winds melted some of the snow. The city forester was on the news this morning said we are to prune our trees. I would love to , But there is 2 feet of snow under the two tree's that need it . And a little icy.
Carolyn I see Clint is going to Showdown. It is beautiful up there, the next time you are here, he will have to take you there, it's only 50 miles from town.
I am going to set down and order my roses tonight. Give myself a Valentine present. LOL. Then I'll tell Jim, thanks honey for the beautiful flowers. I had a tough time finding him anything today for valentines, when you are a diabetic and now because of his kidneys showing signs of distress he on a no/low salt. I won't buy that sugar free candy. I can't pronounce most of the ingredients. So I ended up with pink and white peanut M&M's,kinda girly but he likes them LOL And I am going to make him some cookies tomorrow.
And to the spammers... I hope you slide on a slimy slug and fall in to a rose bush.
Garden Guides is a place were we gardeners can hang over a virtual fence, enjoy a cup of coffee while swapping idea's and just being neighbors. To the gardeners that created this site. A dozen roses for you.
I am reading everyones blog and some are saying their flowers are coming up. OH to see a crocus blooming in all this snow. My friend posted on face book to night we are to get to -16 below. I sure hope she was watching the weather for the Antarctic.
Another snow strom today and then sunshine, it really was pretty, hugh flakes and the wind was silent for a change. Looked as if some one had tipped a snow globe over.Went to the Super Bowl party next door. I don't do foot ball, but I even enjoyed this game, it was close eneough.
Going to order roses tomorrow. I have some holes in my rose bed since we got that terrible freeze in 2009. Last year I just kind of let the plants do their thing, The masters say it takes two seasons for the plants to die. And some did. And I need to replace or move some of my other flowers .
MY daughter and husband live with us now and have a sweet but very rambunctious dog. He chases bird and squirrels, and he doesn't care what is in his way, he just bowls over what ever is there. Except the rose beds!
I love him , so I am going to move my fragile plants to the side garden and out to the front. It is fenced off from the back yard. I can't see ever winning that battle and besides I love to make new beds, LOL and this way I can buy new plants . I was kinda at a stand still any way.
. This snow is really messing with my head. I usually prune my trees in February. I don't see that happening for awhile. I am just glad I don't live where my daughter Shylo lives in Dubuque. Wow they got dumped on last week. Montana really does not get the snow, cold yes, but what we do get, melts and/or blows away. Shylo still has snow that came in October.
Take care all and remember Monday's means another week closer to spring.
Wow what a snow storm across the mid west. Here in Montana , all we got was the cold. We haven't lost our standing as the coldest state in the lower 48. You got to be a stuff Hombre to live here. And good access to long underwear .Oh and ice cleats are a must.
We have been in a drought for years and not a lot of snow fall . I worry every winter, when we get those warm chinook winds in January and February the plants begin to think spring is on it's way. We don't have the snow cover that other places get, because the warm winds melt it and/or blow it into the next county. The sap in the tree's begins to run and then we get a horrible freeze, then the trees die. The tulips and other spring flowers begin to sprout , so every fall I put all the leaves from my trees on the flower bed. This keeps the ground from heaving (thawing ). If we do get a warm spell like we had last week, I go and loosen some of the leaves , it doesn't melt the ground but it lets a little air in. We also have to deal with what I call snow mold. Packed down leaves begin to break down and then, because there is no air able to circulate the leave's gets moldy.
I got this info from an old gardener years ago. Some of the best information you can get is walking around the neighborhood talking to the old timers .