In July, lovely, languid koi swim beneath your feet among the waterlilies. In February, they are vacationing inside a nice warm greenhouse and the hardy lilies are snoozing in the ooze at the bottom of the pond.
Thumb-sized plant plugs of coleus filled a whole tray, gorgeous and bright as 2 inch high babes.
What a jolt of color they will create in a big pot on someone's front porch in June. No wonder they were the darlings of Victorian parlors. New varieties seem to bring out the wacky sense of humor of plant breeders, you can find any of these by mail order or at your favorite greenhouse, I would buy them just because of their names!
My "rescue" bonsai (read: bargain shelf at Lowe's, dry as a bone, few leaves left) has responded to a little TLC. It wasn't as far gone as it could have been. Even though there has been 6" of snow overnight and it is 3F at the moment, it already had decided it was time to get busy for spring. Don't you love enthusiasm?
One of the most colorful things in the mid-winter greenhouse is the pot covers! New baby plants just getting started, no flowers yet. Went to a container gardening workshop on a snowy day today, lovely earthy smell to a greenhouse when everything outside is frozen solid.
OMG, we broke a 75 year old record for high temperature on February 15, it was 67F! If we are going to have Florida weather in the middle of February, I am going to wear my Tevas! We will, of course, pay for this down the line...we had snow days in May the past two years.
I caught sight of this cool looking fungus growing on one of the logs in our woodpile. Looked like a neat macro shot, so I got the camera and got ready for an artsy photo. Imagine my chagrin when I got close to the "fungus" and discovered that it is the remains of a piece of nylon rope that had been attached to the dead tree with a roofing nail! Bad botany.
I am guessing that I am the only one of your acquaintance who spent the morning at a buffalo auction. The Black Hills Stock Show Buffalo auction was held today, free to anyone who wanted to watch and learn. Not so free for the buffalo breeders who were looking to add to their herds. These are all registered animals and come from about 5 states around and are going to new homes is at least that many states. Sales prices were in the thousands for yearling animals.
Sold! Going out
Waiting in line
the Head Wrangler
Yearling at 1300 pounds +
This beautiful bull sold for over $16,000!
A simple square knot in a lariat rope between us and mayhem.
Wooly Bully! look at how well he is insulated, the snow doesn't melt off his back.
When I see birches bend to left and right Across the lines of straighter darker trees, I like to think some boy's been swinging them. But swinging doesn't bend them down to stay. Ice-storms do that. Often you must have seen them Loaded with ice a sunny winter morning After a rain. They click upon themselves As the breeze rises, and turn many-coloured As the stir cracks and crazes their enamel...
At 8 am we rousted Pinewood Phil out of bed. He strongly objected, it was -9. He did his duty, there was his shadow declaring 6 more weeks of winter. He has now gone back to bed, not to be seen again for weeks!
Hope your Phil predicted spring where ever you are this morning.