Countdown to spring

Julia NY(6)January 21, 2014

The countdown to first day of spring is at 58 days or 8 weeks approximately. 2013 ended sadly for me as one of my siblings passed away just before Christmas. Time to move forward to a new year and focus on the arrival of spring and getting back outside and working in the garden.:-).

Marmalade can't wait to sit on the porch again ;-)


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So sorry to read about your sibling passing, My condolences.

We have a cold week ahead of us here. Thank you for the pictures. They are a reminder of what spring & summer will be.

    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 12:33PM
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jean_ar(z8 Ar)

Am so sorry about your sibling passing away.I'm sure it made for a very sad Christmas this year for you, but wont be long till we will have beautiful blooms again and garden work to do.Your gardens are so pretty. love that red flower in picture # 2. and that clematis is gorgeous.Your Tulips are very pretty, too..You have such a pretty place with the flower gardens every where. love it.


    Bookmark   January 21, 2014 at 6:48PM
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So sorry to hear of your loss, Julia. Your beautiful photos are bringing me out of my winter doldrums and have me looking forward to spring.

What are you adding to the garden this year?


    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 9:11AM
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Julia NY(6)

Thank you for the comments. We got through the holidays okay and having my children here with us made for a special holiday.

Another snow event is suppose to happen this weekend here along with the temps bottoming out again mid week. What were they saying about global warming? LOL.


    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 9:14AM
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Julia NY(6)

Nothing new this year Chris. Hubby and I sat down and looked at what "musts" have to be done this year which includes a new roof on the house, driveway repairs and the list goes on.

I'm behind on dividing some of the "over grown" clumps and also plants I promised last year to some folks but with the hand out of commission for a few months last year,hopefully I can focus on that this spring plus all the weeding/mulching that did not get finished last fall. I'm just waiting to see what made it through this winter as it has been a tough one so far.

What about you? Any new ones for you?


    Bookmark   January 25, 2014 at 8:50PM
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Well, I've been downsizing the past few years and being much more particular about which plants get to stay here. So far, I haven't ordered anything new but will probably add some new Hansons when they're available. I planted a few last fall (which I don't normally do), including Hanson's Elizabeth Peacock. I have my fingers crossed that she survives this awful winter.


    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 1:09PM
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I am also sorry for your loss. I hope that time will ease your pain and grief. Thank you for postiing beautiful photos of your lovely gardens and flowers despite everything that happened.

    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 2:12PM
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Julia NY(6)

Chris: This winter may do the culling for a lot of us.

kousa: Keeping busy always moves us forward through tough times and that is what I'm doing.

I'm wondering how many of us will choose a "white" flower this year after this winter LOL.


    Bookmark   January 26, 2014 at 7:12PM
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wren_garden(zone 5b/6)

Condolences Julia, I am one of 4 and know how precious our siblings are. Thank you for sharing the pictures of your beautiful garden. A real ray of hope in this long harsh winter. My garden is in WNY near Niagara Falls. The single digit temps with high sustained winds is putting the zone worthy to the test. The snow has been a blessing and I heap every shovel full I can on the beds. The roses will get a real buzz cut pruning this year. The Daylilies under the snow, I hope, are snug and asleep. The only ones that are a concern are the ones in raised beds. My garden is in the same state as yours. No room for new unless I give away some old. It will be hard not to have a new one to look forward to. I have been staying off the growers web sites. I wish you the healing power of your garden.

    Bookmark   January 27, 2014 at 2:31PM
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Julia NY(6)

wren-garden: I hope this week will be the last week of very cold temps. With all the wind we had, a lot of the snow that was covering the beds is slowly getting blown into the fields. Other spots are 2 feet of drifts.
I am grateful for the sunshine we've been getting but I hear that snow is in the forecast for the end of the week again. :-(.
Stay warm.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2014 at 6:26PM
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