18 10, 2015

FREEZE WARNING Tonight for the D.C. Area

2018-03-08T16:18:35+00:00

Take photos of your favorite plant combinations, before the frost, so you can repeat them next year. Here, we have variegated spider plants, purple heart, and sprengeri asparagus fern, all tender to frosts and freezes. Right on time, the first freeze of the season is due in the D.C. area tonight. Not all areas will see a freeze (or even a frost), but it's time to prepare, just the [...]

FREEZE WARNING Tonight for the D.C. Area 2018-03-08T16:18:35+00:00
23 01, 2012

Winter Tree Work

2012-01-23T15:00:59+00:00

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
25 01, 2011

Don’t Commit Crape Murder!

2012-01-23T17:54:45+00:00

It has already started!  I'm starting to see Crapemyrtles (Lagerstroemia indica and hybrids) that are hacked to sticks.  Just today, I saw a large crew climbing tall ladders to maim several beautiful Crapemyrtles--looked like a colony of ants descending.  My theory has always been that it's just a way for the landscape maintenance companies to justify getting a few more bucks out of their clients at a slow time [...]

Don’t Commit Crape Murder! 2012-01-23T17:54:45+00:00
14 01, 2010

Let the January Thaw Begin!!

2010-01-14T20:06:24+00:00

Here at Woodland Cottage, today the sun came out and the temperature actually climbed to a [balmy] 52F degrees!  I made my first trek in weeks around my entire garden to survey for damage from the heavy snow/ice/cold. The ground is still mostly frozen tight, locked up; but there is a bit of thawing happening on the surface.  I'm happy to report that I didn't see any major damage [...]

Let the January Thaw Begin!! 2010-01-14T20:06:24+00:00