Winter chores in the garden now

I feel like perennials are staring at me, just daring me to leave them alone for a few more days. But there will be frost tonight and what I had forgotten all about was turning off the water, draining the hoses and the copper pipes. They connect all the taps in the garden and I need every one of them to function. How I could have forgotten this important chore is beyond me.
It’s the weather’s fault of course. It’s been way too nice for too long. We were installing gardens last week feeling very confident that everything will do well. Then came enough rain to soak trees below the root systems which was even better.

Now winter will get serious. We’ve had no snow at all and when I look at my garden journal for last year it was a different story. It was sort of snow-drizzle on this day.

The garden seems particularly alive right now and many plants are gorgeous. And as soon as this dopey software is fixed, I’ll pin them up here.

All the evergreens got several extra couple of buckets of water to help them get through the winter.

I’ve had complaints from Ottawa that too many buds showing, leaves unfurling as this curious weather has encouraged. They are longing for snow. Not me. Not yet.

Thanks so much for your notes I love getting them.

  • Grace

    November 30, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    Hi Marjorie~~ You come highly recommended by garden buddy Teza. It sucks that your wallet was stollen. I know the frustration it can cause. I suppose people are longing for snow to insulate the emerging buds but I’m with you, go away snow! It’s no accident I live in the US Pacific Northwest where, although rain is abundant, snow is scarce.

  • Barry Parker

    December 15, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Marjorie,
    I’m not the slightest bit concerned about the appearance of bulbs at this time of year, nothing new there. it happens every year, especially with Galanthus, Muscari and many species Tulips.

    Loved your posts on Paris

  • Marjorie

    December 21, 2009 at 8:13 am

    Thanks Barry; some of them like to just poke up to let you know they still exist. Love bulbs.

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