2022 January Week 4 was frustrating outside. The recent heat wave sent confusion through the plant kingdom! My hyacinths opened without stems. My broccoli went to seed before it even really grew. A rotten critter ate an entire fist sized 4 year old trumpet lily bulb and a handful of my hybrid lily bulbs. Now we are in a deep chill with some lows that will surely stress my zone 8 perennials. But enough of the complaining-I want to focus on some good things each week.
Best garden happenings of the week:
1) My amazing friend and crazy plant lady Doc Green, a talented local cut flower grower, gifted me plants this week. So many plants! Succulent and cacti babies, amaryllis for the garden, amercrinum, lycoris radiata, rose lily, orlaya grandiflora, agave pup and some seed for black wheat. I’m sure I’m forgetting something! I’ll be busy planting once the darn cold snap is over.
2) My coral metal sculpture is in place.
3) Sams club has massive pots (the shrub/tree sized ones) on sale for $19 and 16 inch resin whiskey barrels for $14. I went to get one of each as I have two spots that I needed them for last year but couldn’t find a fair price anywhere. The big one is currently holding frost blankets in place over Rudbeckia Sahara from last summer that hasn’t yet died.
4) Most of the seeds started last week are up! Schizanthus and Genovese Basil germinated first!
5) My solar pond pump pooped out 2 weeks ago. The fish are doing well with the solar turtle spitter, but a new pump has shipped. I’ll do a post on solar pumping soon.
6) I split the pond iris. This thing is massive. I’m giving away 8 rhizomes the size bananas.
7) I did some dreaded, but much needed weeding. The reason for this annual weeding will be in a post of it’s own as it’s one of my biggest regrets in this space and a constant fight.
It was a rare, busy week in the winter garden. If I have outdoor seedlings left after the cold snap is through with us, I’ll do a post next week on winter sown annuals. It’s a joy to follow these little seedlings as they grow through the winter.