The weather forecasters are showing a huge Arctic cold mass descending through Canada into the Northern USA this week. So cold, I can hardly believe that will happen in my garden, not more than 25 ft above sea level but very near the Sound. But zone 8b officially can get down to 10 to 20 degrees F. I just have not experienced that here, yet. Today I went into panic mode and decided that my beloved roses needed some protection, so I bought two 3.2 cubic ft. bales of Black Gold (the regional organic soil amendment) and just got in from mounding three mini/miniflora beds, four standard tree roses plus about four other roses that have only been in the ground since October. I really could have used two more bales but while everyone else was scurrying around Fred Myers with Christmas gifts, I was wrestling with putting two bales of Black Gold in my cart. We all have our priorities.
Growing does not stop at the front door of our house. Before we transplanted to Western WA, I gave away all but one of my house plants, so this year I have been starting a new collection. Now that things are frosty outdoors, I have been pampering the indoor plants.
I went shopping for a Holiday Pointsetia and came home with a Christmas Cactus and these two cute pots of mixed outdoor plants. I see a Live Wire grass, a coleus, and other small plants. I bought two pots and put them in an old cache pot on my desk.
I tend to read a lot of gardening books during the (North American) Winter because my library has a good selection checked in Does anyone else do this? Right now I am fascinated with Fuchsias and found a really straight forward book written for a beginner to the topic.
I have acquired a few of these plants with a long flowering period and have been focusing on those hardy in my zone 8 garden.
According to this book they are easy to propagate so that may be one of my winter greenhouse activities.
It’s nice to be able to see garden blooms in late November. Anybody can go to the flower market and buy seasonal blooms, but growing flowers has always been more appealing to me. I want to learn more about varieties I can grow in a cool greenhouse and enjoy over the winter. Do you have any suggestions or experience with this?
The weather here in the Pacific Northwest USA never ceases to amaze me. Statistically, November is the rainiest month but we are currently in a very welcome dry period. Dry but rather cold at night (26* F so far in my garden.) I am amazed at the plants that are still healthy and blooming!
Camelias naturally bloom at this time of year, but it is still fun to share. Recently I moved the tiny chrysanthemum into the greenhouse. I thought Bacopa was an annual but it is still hanging on. The hardy fuchsias are the stars. I have only known the annual fuchsias in my previous gardens.
It feels odd to be not gardening. I went to the greenhouse today to check on things and everything looked exactly as it did yesterday. Any growth this time of year is s-l-o-w. We did have a interesting visitor at lunch today. This is a Pileated Woodpecker. (Bad ipad photo) I did not know they would come to a seed feeder filled with shelled sunflower seeds. I was expecting Finches!