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Goodbye Winter

February 10, 2016

I can’t wait! Five weeks and winter is history. The climate has been so nice the past few days, low 70s, my winter cleanup is complete, at least in the perennial garden. A bazillion oak leaves and acorns are raked and dumped into the pasture. The ornamental pomegranate and crepe Myrtle are pruned, weeds removed, a faucet bib tightened, and pedestal leveled. The perennial garden is looking good. And that makes me feel good.

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It’s early yet for spring blossoms, but here are two plants eager to show off.

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The bushes and vines are filled with conversing birds diving in for a drink, grub, and nesting material.

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This spotted salamander was discovered beneath a pile of leaves, a rare first sighting. They live beneath rocks, logs, and in burrows, and only come out at night to feed or mate. This salamander must have had night and day mixed up.

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Behind the perennial garden, the hens take turn producing one egg per week. No point in rushing.

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Back to the garden, this is one of several divided variegated irises that I planted around the fountain-turned-planter. Shade had reached the prior location and the irises didn’t bloom last year. Now the overhead sprinkler will hit them which could create ragged flowers. Sometimes a gardener has to move plants around before the perfect spot is found.

 

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6 comments

  1. Lovely finds! I didn’t know you had salamanders out there…my Simon would be thrilled by that:)

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  2. Great posting. I, too, love to move & re-plant plants in a different location. I do it all the time. Been weeding the past few days. ❤

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  3. Your post was from 2014. Do you have recent postings?

    On Wed, Feb 10, 2016 at 11:33 AM, In and Around the Garden wrote:

    “I can’t wait! Five weeks and winter is history. The > climate has been so nice the past few days, low 70s, my winter cleanup is > complete, at least in the perennial garden. A bazillion oak leaves and > acorns are raked and dumped into the pasture. The ornament” >

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    • Hi Joyce,
      This was posted yesterday, February 10, 2016, so this is my most recent post. Feel free to browse around my site.
      Best regards.

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