End of the Month

February has come to an end….the warmest February in Indiana’s officially recorded weather history.  Even so, my gardens look pretty bleak, especially compared to many of the other blogs’ postings and photos.  I just keep telling myself, “spring is creeping closer, spring is creeping closer.”  So, here’s the end of the month review, mainly so you (and I) will have a basis for comparison as the season progresses:  The Front Garden greets you.

front-garden-feb-compressed  I warned you, there’s not much to see, but if you are visiting, you must walk by it.  At least there are bits of green, a few Cream Beauty crocuses, wisely closed on this windy, damp day, and some patches of lovely dwarf blue irises that look a little worse for wear after having been covered in snow and then bruised by pounding rains.  And, of course the 3 green meatballs, which will be your reference point when viewing this garden in the future.  Turn to your left for the Front Island garden, added late last spring:

front-island-feb-compressed  There are more shades of green emerging since you saw it last, but no other color yet.  I’m debating about adding another island garden under 3 more black walnut trees (outside the photo to the left) later this spring.  I need more room for hellebores, and this one island seems rather lonely.  Walking further to the north, beyond the front door and shrubbery is the little, narrow  Blue Garden.blue-garden-feb-compressed  Blue is not my favorite color (but it is better than red!) but I had this nice bench unsold when I closed the farm, and this space of wall that needed something.  It’s in nearly full shade, and not seen by many.  So far, only more dwarf blue irises here.  On around the house we go to the neglected (See “To Trim or Not to Trim” for explanation) Addition Garden.  This is the top half; it’s “L” shaped. addition-feb-compressed  Some perennials pushing through, and some more henbit as well.  😦  Let’s hurry on down the slope to the nearly as dismal Fairy Garden, which looks unremarkable without its fairy houses and such.  fairy-feb-compressed  This is on the north side of the deck and gazebo.  I’m worried that half the ‘Nifty Thrifty armeria’ seems to be dead.  The fairies won’t be happy.  Across the back lawn to the potager.  In the front borders, only more “Cream Beauty” crocuses planted last fall, and a few lavender crocuses from the year before are emerging since you saw it last.  However, in the south island the young white lilac is showing some buds.  That was a surprise since yesterday morn!  lilac-feb-compressed  Amble along the south fence of the potager to look inside.  All those empty beds and borders just waiting for better weather.  potager-feb-compressed And you can see that I’ll be hauling in more mulch soon to cover the paths again….if and when it stops raining.   Walking through the potager, we can see that there is some progress.  The garlic has formed the diagonals  garlic-feb-compressed  that are part of this year’s new design.  Last season it was crosses in the center large boxes.  In the others there is just a ribbon across the centers this year.  There are other signs of life.  The golden oregano is gaining some color.  The crinkly purple-shaded leaves of the anise hyssop are emerging, and leftover cilantro has grown large enough to harvest a few stems.  I was especially happy to see that the hyssop is greening up at the base.  It is one of my favorite tea herbs, and I use lots so I have 18 plants edging the northwest corner of the potager’s interior border.  Not pretty, but definitely growing.hyssop-feb-compressed  Out the gate near the greenhouse and up the slope past the proposed new Cutting Garden on your right (Nothing at all to see there except mud!)  to inspect the berry rows.  Nothing happening there, except for these (Shouting “Hurrah” here!) leaves appearing on the only gooseberry the deer haven’t eaten to the ground!  Sorry it’s fuzzy…blame it on my excitement or the gooseberry-feb-compressed  wind, which is dreadful.  I’m ready to hurry back to the house for a cup of tea, aren’t you?  It may be the warmest February on record here, but a blustery wind and damp temps in the 50’s is not ideal for strolling.  Come again next month, but dress in layers.  It could be snowing!

Thanks to Helen, The Patient Gardener, for hosting this meme.  It’s my first time, and I enjoyed it.  Hope you did as well.  Visit her site for lots more “End of the Month” wrap-ups and reviews.



About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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8 Responses to End of the Month

  1. Loretta says:

    Lovely stroll around your garden, I see signs of spring all over and I know that feeling of being excited and anxious as we await the official start. I think February has been pretty mild all over the USA. We are on the East Coast, Saturday saw temps in the high 70’s. A lot happening in my wee garden around me too, I can’t wait to get working outside 🙂

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    • Carolee says:

      I had visions of beginning to plant in the potager…last year shallots, lettuces, spinach, peas went in on March 7. But, forecast is for temps dropping to the teens for most of next week. Drats! Foiled again.


  2. Rita Shields says:

    How fun to see your garden, Carolee. I am not surprised there is henbit…there is
    ALWAYS henbit…and chickweed. I am loaded with it! I am really hoping my Lilac puts out some flowers this year…that will be an accomplishment for Georgia! If i get some, I will toast the fragrant blooms with a lovely glass off white wine! I will enjoy your garden vicariously, and hopefully mine will be more than weeds!

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  3. It is great to see what is growing and fun to see new growth. I personally think untrimmed is the way to go. Maybe that is just because of my busy schedule.

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    • Carolee says:

      Time certainly has to be a factor. When I had the herb farm, most gardens just didn’t get trimmed before bad weather, just due to lack to time and womanpower. If anyone asked, I said it was for the benefit of wildlife. Hard to admit I wasn’t Superwoman!

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  4. jane says:

    Great to see your garden getting ready for action. Seems like wherever you are in the world it can feel like one step forward, two steps back where the weather is concerned!

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  5. hoehoegrow says:

    Spring is just around the corner, and your garden will fizz into life ! Waiting is so hard …


    • carolee says:

      It is hard, and with snow during the night, spring seems far away. I checked a really thick book out of the library, and hope it will keep me out of trouble (sowing too soon, digging in the too wet soil, ordering yet more seeds, etc.)


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