Six on Saturday: Jan 26

potager front whole compressed  It’s snowing!  For my birthday, which is lovely and makes my world pristine and pretty.  To celebrate, here’s my “Six on Saturday” as we creep to the end of January.  1)  This week we had not only frigid (minus 17) temperatures but wind advisories as well.  Even the fairies couldn’t keep their roof on!  fairy roof compressed  I suspect they’ve wisely moved on to warmer climates.  2) I’ve been viewing other blogger’s luscious photos of hellebores in bloom with great envy.  Here’s what the hellebores in my gardens look like at present, barely a bit of green let alone buds!  And looking fairly pummeled from the freezing rain that also livened up our week.hellebores freezing  3)  The lack of color in the bleak midwinter does make one appreciate some things that are often overlooked during the vibrant months, like the spines on the gooseberry bushes  gooseberry in snow  and the 4)  Snow on dried hydrangea flower heads.   hydrangea in snow  5) The Cutting Garden is a study in brown and white, and a closer look indicates that the birds have cleaned out all the seed heads, so some nice day (if there is such a thing again) this garden can get a clip & tidy.  cutting garden in snow   6) And lastly, since there’s so little to cheer about outdoors, it’s time to bring the amaryllis bulbs to life.  These were brought up yesterday from the basement where they’ve been resting for months.  I found them while I was dealing with frozen pipes (don’t ask me how much I love winter!)  Already there are bits of green emerging, promising better days ahead.  amaryllis bulbs started  That’s my “Six” and if you’d like to see some beautiful, blooming gardens check out other offerings at The Propagator, the host of this meme.  No doubt you have six things in your garden that are much better than I can offer, so read up on the rules and give it a go!


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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16 Responses to Six on Saturday: Jan 26

  1. March Picker says:

    Happy Birthday, Carolee! Those are some beautiful, snowy scenes there. Stay cozy.

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  2. Happy Birthday. Looking good in the snow. My amaryllis is going for a second stalk but very wobbly at the moment.

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  3. Alissa Head says:

    I was just looking at someone’s Instagram posts of hazels in the snow. Such lovely pale colors!

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  4. Happy, happy! Hope you had something warm and delicious for your birthday.

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  5. Happy birthday!! Hope your day is full of peace, love, warmth, and cozy..!

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  6. bcparkison says:

    Birthday? Me too. Mine was on the 25thbut not much showing in the garden. Oh the weeds have managed to comeback after all of my dig and scrath work but when it warm abit I’ll do it again. a few daffodils are begining to wander up but nothing else.


  7. Jim Stephens says:

    It’s always interesting for us in milder climes to see what other people have to contend with, in both extreme cold and extreme heat. I have to say it mainly makes me count my blessings. Happy birthday.

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  8. marzipandamonium says:

    Happy birthday! Mine was on Wednesday, and Old Man Winter gifted me with a winter storm. The curse of the January birthday. That image of the fairy house with the roof blown off is too funny!

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  9. prue batten says:

    From someone baking in record summer heat and who is watching her garden succumb by inches, seeing the snow and the cool and knowing what will pop in your spring is a welcome relief.

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  10. Happy birthday! It will be busy enough in a few weeks, I’ll take the down time to reserve energy for the big push in a few weeks! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  11. Ann Mackay says:

    Happy birthday – enjoy your lovely snow!

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  12. cavershamjj says:

    Happy birthday, I don’t envy you those temperatures. It might get to below freezing here overnight but nothing as chilly as your -17f.

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