Monthly Archives: February 2014

Always a good day for late winter garden chores.

I am not working today because I have had to finally purchase a new refrigerator. The large side-by- side which the previous owners purchased is not cooling all the time. Probably something with the thermostat, as I have to turn it to off then back on to encourage the compressor to come on!

Oh well, I have been in the house for 11 years and who knows how long ago the previous owners purchased it? It is way too large for a single person. I purchased a smaller refrigerator with an automatic ice maker and an Energy Star rating, too.

Since I am home and it’s is sunny and about 50f – out to the yard I go!

As I was collecting limbs and pinecones I came across some rabbit scat. I see the Eastern Cotton Tail almost daily. They love the thick shrubbery and tasty lawn grass and will nibble the liriope, too!

They sleep in a circle with their tails together. This is so they may make a quick escape but still keep each other warm!

Their night deposits are small piles of pellet-sized scat.


I know I have posted plenty pictures of the hellebores in the garden but they have bloomed all winter and are amazing!




Loads of limbs!


Lilacs are budding as are the forsythia and other Spring bloomers!


I love this little dog house at Target! But Gus is an indoor dog!


Did I mention that foxes are the new owls?




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Frost damage from the polar vortex.

We experienced what they were calling a polar vortex a few weeks ago where the temperatures were as low as 6 f! It did produce some damage to the leaves of a few plants. The very warm temperatures of the past few days has revealed this damage.

Camellia – Not too bad but the damage caused splotchy dead areas.


Bay laurel –  The leaves are dead. I will spend an afternoon picking these off by hand. May be time for a hard pruning.


Cast Iron Plant


Gardenia – This might be a season where they are severely pruned to encourage new growth and low branching.


Passion Flower vine – I will cut these to the ground and they will rapidly regrow and cover the trellis by the end of the Summer.


Holly Fern – I will only remove the damage fronds. Holly Fern fronds typicaly only last two seasons before they turn brown and die. New growth, which is erect, quickly covers the older leaves which lie on the ground.


Confederate Jasmine – These branches are dead. I will prune the dead branches off over the next few weeks.


Algerian Ivy- these are not dead but they will never be green again. New growth will quickly cover the damaged leaves.


TIP: Don’t throw away the lint from your dryer filter!


I put the felt-like pads on the squirrel feeders and the birds will use it to line their nest! I also put Gus’s shredded chew ropes once he has pulled them apart out for the birds to use as nesting material.


Spring Fever is contagious!


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Dear mortgage company

Dear mortgage company, I will not be able to make my payment this month because, you know, it’s Spring planting season and I have priorities!




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