6 01, 2012

Honeybees in January!

2012-01-23T15:03:38+00:00

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

2012-01-23T15:04:02+00:00

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
22 03, 2010

The Sweet Scents of Spring

2010-03-22T16:49:42+00:00

It never fails: every year, I am happily surprised by the powerful scents of early spring here in my garden. I have scented flowers all over my garden throughout the growing season, of course, yet these early ones get my blood pumping. Walking through, I encounter sweetness at every turn. Entering the front walk, I have a big Variegated Winter Daphne, Daphne odora 'Aureomarginata'. The pink buds open to [...]

The Sweet Scents of Spring 2010-03-22T16:49:42+00:00
23 01, 2010

Baby Steps

2010-01-23T17:37:30+00:00

After the glorious spring-thaw weather last week, we have stepped back slowly into winter.  February can be either brutal or a one-step-forward, one-step-back type of month.  I think February is the worst month...you can finally feel the sun again, yet the air just will not let go of winter.  And it is often the snowiest time, too. Yet the garden is taking its baby steps toward spring.  We are [...]

Baby Steps 2010-01-23T17:37:30+00:00
23 01, 2010

Baby Steps

2010-01-23T17:29:05+00:00

After the glorious spring-thaw weather last week, we have stepped back slowly into winter.  February can be either brutal or a one-step-forward, one-step-back type of month.  I think February is the worst month...you can finally feel the sun again, yet the air just will not let go of winter.  And it is often the snowiest time, too. Yet the garden is taking its baby steps toward spring.  We are [...]

Baby Steps 2010-01-23T17:29:05+00:00