Six on Saturday-Jan 27

Sunrise 1-18 compressed  #1 are the lovely sunrises we’ve been blessed with recently.  I wish I were a better photographer to accurately capture the colors, which are more vivid than they appear above.  The day began with this lovely, pastel sunrise and a shrinking snow cover from rising temperatures.  Hallelujah! After two weeks of single digits, a too-brief two-day January thaw, and then two more weeks of single digits anything above freezing seemed absolutely balmy!   However, I was worried about the plants because during the first frigid spell there was no snow cover for insulation and protection.  By afternoon, all the snow was gone, except on north-facing slopes and heavily shaded areas.  #2.  I took advantage of the warm (51 degrees!) to put away the outdoor Christmas decorations and lights.  Next was a walkabout to assess damage.  Surprisingly, the perennials seem fine.  Witness these “Fairie Queen” foxgloves that are much livelier than I expected.

Foxglove 1-18 compressed  And the Sedum “Angelina” seems perfectly happy.  Sedum Angelina 1-18 compressed And although the lavenders are still surrounded by snow, they seem fine as well.  This one is actually a lavandin.  Lavandin 1-18 compressed  The primulas behind the Lady Cottage are nicely green.Primula 1-18 compressed  So, #3 is that despite the frigid, record cold the perennials seem to be thriving….at least so far.  Next was a tour inside the potager.  I planted some spinach and Brussel sprouts late last summer, intending to cover them with a poly tunnel.  When my back went out, that didn’t happen.  I really expected them to be totally freeze-dried, but surprisingly the spinach looks pretty good.  Spinach 1-18 compressed  Research says that the varieties with heavily crinkled leaves overwinter better than smooth leaves, so I’ve noted that in my planting journal for next season.  The Brussel sprouts don’t look lovely, but they aren’t dead, so I’ll leave them and see if they make any sprouts in the warmer weeks ahead.  Brussel surviving 1-18 compressed It’s an experiment.  So #4 is that there is actually a bit of hope for these late crops, and I wasn’t expecting any to have survived.  Surprise #5 were these happy little Black Seeded Simpson lettuce seedlings that have sprouted!  They self-seeded from plants that were grown to hide fading tulip foliage in the potager’s interior borders.  Happy dance time!  They are everywhere; salads ahead!Lettuce seedlings 1-18 compressed   And finally, #6 are the pointed spears of various bulbs (these are daffodils) pushing through the soil, promising beauty and color when Spring does arrive.  Daffodil tips 1-18 compressed  I know there is still more winter to come, but just having this tiny respite renews hope.  And, I am truly amazed that the plants have done so well despite the record cold over such an extended time.  And, this is the final Saturday for January!  That’s worth a celebration in itself!  Bring on romantic February, longer days and seed starting time!

Thanks to The Propagator for hosting the “Six on Saturday” meme.  Go to his site and see all those who’ve joined the fun.


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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11 Responses to Six on Saturday-Jan 27

  1. cavershamjj says:

    I do love the sight of bulbs nosing their way out of the ground. So hopeful.

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  2. mrsdaffodil says:

    That lavender looks pretty pleased with itself, all tidy in a snowless circle surrounded by snow. I’m with you on the longer days. Yes, please!

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  3. John Kingdon says:

    It’s nice to learn something new. I’d not heard of Lavandin before but it seems that most Brits (I won’t comment on the source I found that said most English) haven’t either. I must research a bit more as I get the impression that Lavandin doesn’t become woody in the way that Lavender does.

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    • chicu says:

      I hadn’t heard of it either. Need to read more!


    • carolee says:

      Yes, it does. Lavandin gets taller, blooms later, has longer stems and the chemical make-up of the oil is different than lavender. Some research claims it is stimulating rather than calming. The plants are less rot-prone and sometimes more disease resistant. To me the scent is much more “chemical” than sweet, but it’s lovely in fresh floral arrangements. Some of my 2nd year plants had over 200 cut-able flower stems.


  4. I always enjoy your beautiful photos and encouraging words. Here in Texas, spinach and lettuce shrug off the frost… but then, we never get single-digit temps!!


  5. bcparkison says:

    Celebration is right. Nothing here doing as well . The garlic which was planted late is still there but no bulbs just yet. I really do need to get back to gardening and the restart on the hoop house has given me hope.

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  6. Lora Hughes says:

    You’ve had a lot of good surprises after that cold snap & I’ve learned a lot about the hardiness of salad greens. A Pretty wonderful Six.

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  7. Laurie Graves says:

    Six lovely things!

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  8. Island Time says:

    Great stuff! Lots of life in your sleepy January garden! Spring is just around the corner; hopefully no bitter cold snaps coming to harm all those tender-tough little greens. I especially like the self-sown lettuces; sounds much easier than drying and cleaning and storing, then starting all that seed…well done!

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