28 01, 2012

It’s a Japonica Kind of Day


Japonica.  Camellia.  Some say it like this:  Kuh-MAYL-yuh.  Here in the South, "Japonica" is a catch-all term for so many plants:  Winter/Spring-blooming Camellias, Pieris...any plant whose species name is japonica is fair game down here.  Whatever you call them, they're all the same and they're all Camellias. I just took a turn around my woodland garden, and the early Camellia japonicas are blooming away.  Of the varieties I have, [...]

It’s a Japonica Kind of Day 2012-02-18T23:34:39+00:00
23 01, 2012

Winter Tree Work


January. Blah. This year, at least, has been warm enough to accomplish a few things in advance of Spring.  Friday, my excellent landscape crew came by and mulched my entire garden, from front to rear.  Our county collects leaves in the Fall and shreds them, then lets them compost.  They do the same with all the tree branches they collect throughout the year, shredding the pieces into a wonderful [...]

Winter Tree Work 2012-01-23T15:00:59+00:00
10 01, 2012

Often, I Don’t See the Forest for the Trees


I work outside, in Nature, almost every day of my life, either in my own gardens, in Arlington or Wilmington, or in other's gardens.  Yet I miss so much of the beautiful detail because I am so caught up in the "doing" versus the "being".  I'll bet a lot of my landscaping co-horts can sympathize with this realization.  How many times have you gotten to June 1st and thought, [...]

Often, I Don’t See the Forest for the Trees 2012-01-23T15:02:06+00:00
6 01, 2012

Honeybees in January!


What a glorious day to be alive here in the Magical Mid-Atlantic (I'm borrowing this phrase from my magical friend, H/D).  On my daily walk through the garden this morning, I stopped in front of the biggest Leatherleaf Mahonia, Mahonia bealei, and lo and behold, the half-open blossoms are covered with honeybees.  Very active and happy honeybees--in JANUARY.  This may not be the earliest they've emerged to feast on [...]

Honeybees in January! 2012-01-23T15:03:38+00:00
5 01, 2012

Ice on the Pond


Here in the Mid-Atlantic, it's been a mild Winter.  Before I left for the New Year in Wilmington, I turned off my waterfall here at Woodland Cottage since I heard a freeze was on the way.  When I got home yesterday, there was a thin coating of ice on the pond--first of the season. What a difference a year (or two) makes!  Here's the pond and waterfall after the [...]

Ice on the Pond 2012-01-23T15:04:02+00:00