What’s blooming this time of year? Not a lot, but witch hazels are among the few shrubs that do flower in winter.
Even though most gardens in our region show little promise under the near-constant cover of snow, don’t worry. Winter won’t win.
I planted tulips a couple of weeks ago. Not in the ground, since I couldn’t see the ground much less dig in it, but in my garage.
Do you have to go around cleaning the snow off your shrubs? No. Do I? Well, for some shrubs…I do.
Sometimes it seems like too much bother or expense to make festive holiday pots but a simple solution could be just outside your door.
Terracotta, and even glazed clay pots, can crack from freezing and thawing in winter weather. Protect them or pay the price.
Saving seeds from plants you grew makes it easy to share plants you love.
Flowers in winter gardens are few and far between, but witchhazels are one large shrub that blooms when everything else looks drab or dead.
Peeling bark can be very pretty. I have friends who don’t get the appeal, so to speak, and think any tree or shrub with exfoliating bark looks diseased or messy. But at this time of year, some peeling can be quite interesting.
Since there’s not much available in January, this is when you’ll be particularly pleased if you planted pansies last fall.
If you left the heads on hydrangeas, let the grasses wave in the wind, and didn’t cut every perennial to the ground when it turned brown, you have reason to celebrate each time it snows.
Some evergreen shrubs can get burned by winter winds or suffer sun or frost damage. One way to help them through the winter is by spraying the leaves with an anti-desiccant so they don’t dry out.
Got a cheap broom? It’s one of my favorite garden tools in winter, and mostly what I use it for this time of year is to free smaller shrubs from the snow.
By planting pansies now, while you can still get a trowel in the ground, you’ll get to see pansies blooming on those sunny days in February just when you’re wondering if spring will ever come.
Chances are your garden’s full of scary sights this week, even if you didn’t put out plastic pumpkins because, by now, much of spring and summer’s green growth has transformed into ghoulish ghosts.