Feeding My Addiction…

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While much of the country has ice and snow this last week of December, we are a balmy 48 with light showers.


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We had a breath of spring this weekend with sunshine and warmer temperatures.


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We are so fortunate to have a climate mild enough to sustain greenery and flowers through the winter months.


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I am still enamored of moss, and dug up a bit more from the garden to lay in pots near the house.


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I don’t believe it will last long into spring, in those areas with direct sun, but it is nice in the winter when so much of the garden stands bare.


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This is the season when I appreciate our ivy the most, along with our Violas and Camellias, which still have a few blooms despite the cold, wind, and rain.


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There is just enough still growing in our pots to feed my gardening addiction.

Everything is looking rather ratty, to be honest.


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There are still brown fallen leaves blown into pots and around them.


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There are leaves to trim back, and the bare sticks of hydrangea and fig protruding from the pots, just waiting out winter.

But it almost doesn’t matter.

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So long as I can go out from time to time to deadhead spent Viola blossoms, admire the moss, look for signs of bulbs poking up, and take a photo here and there; I am happy.


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Winter returned today with heavy skies, cold wind and rain.  I’ve heard it could snow tomorrow…


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But the coffee is on, and it’s warm inside this afternoon.   A good friend stopped by to visit. 

And there are pots to tend inside, too.


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6 responses to “Feeding My Addiction…

  1. I love seeing your winter greenery and flowers. What zone are you? That idea of moving some moss into pots is a good one and one I plan to borrow! Happy new year.

    • Dear Jaime, We are in Zone 7B. We normally have fairly mild winters, with rare snow and ice. We’ve had several freezing nights thus far, but the Violas are thriving 😉 I hope your pots turn out beautifully 😉 Happy New Year! WG

  2. Shawn Weisser

    Reblogged this on Watch My Garden Growing and commented:
    Her garden looks much like mine. The cold we had previously wiped out anything green but with warmer, yes … 40s are warmer than what we had before but we are in the 60s, temperatures my lawn is trying to look a little green and I am afraid my trees may try to bloom! We are feeding the beds with compost to get them ready for spring and I have been perusing the seed catalogs!

  3. Shawn Weisser

    We too have had a bit of spring. I feel as though I should be gardening right now. It will remain in the 40s this week and 3 hours drive north my daughter is being snowed upon.

    • Stay warm 😉 It is too early to prune or plant, but at least we can feed the soil. Next warm day I plan to rake and shred some leaves. Thank you for visiting Forest Garden today. I hope your daughter and her family enjoy the snow. Best wishes, WG

  4. There still is lots of life in your garden – I love your pansies – they are so cheery. Nice photo of the bare trees – silhouettes in fractal patterns. It’s when we really get to see the difference in types of trees. With the warmer and moist weather the moss here has been fantastic – so green. Now that the temps are dropping, it will turn back to a less attractive yellow-green.

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