Yesterday the day hit 9C (48F) - and then the temperature fell to -16C (about plus 3F). Fingers crossed for everthing that is now uncovered. This really is one of the tricky times when crowns of plants are reduced to mush as the temperatures spring back and forth.
You really can see how much snow we've lost - just think, in May the town will have these beds filled with bedding annuals.
Canada Geese hanging out on the ice in 16 Mile Creek.
No wind, no big waves, but a really nice February day.
These leaves have been rolled up like cigarettes from the cold - so nice to see the buds nice and plump and the leaves unfurled.Woohoo - it's what you don't see here that's important - not a flake in sight.
But, as warm as it's been, I still haven't been able to remove the shiny red Christmas tree from the planter. It is completely frozen in place. I'd purchased it a couple of years ago - stowed it in the basement and used it this year for the first time. In a fit of Christmas madness, I had decided to have a red theme Christmas vignette just as you walked in the door to the house. It looked just fine. However Mr. Tinsel Tannenbaum, manufactured in China, emitted a smell so vile that neither Kevin nor I were able to breathe. And, that is just one tree, can you imagine what that factory must have been like? Unimaginable. So, out into the backyard wilderness of my covered porch it went. I had it all shored up with logs and when you had enough to drink, looking at it from the frost covered windows in the kitchen and dining room, it looked quite festive.
Our porch lid leaks terribly. The container filled with water, froze solid, and so there stands my homage to Christmas. I got it to wiggle yesterday, but no cigar, it's not quite ready to join the rest of the ornaments downstairs just yet.
I've been beavering away on a new shade presentation. Many people start with the idea and look for their photos for illustration. I like to get ideas from my photos and then work backwards to the shape and direction of the piece. Just thought I'd include a little oddity I found. I'd grown Aquilegia skinneri and Aquilegia canadensis very close to each other - I thought I'd lost both. Not sure if I've got the offspring of one or the other, or perhaps something all together different that just has the same colouring. I like the colour and especially the fact that it blooms from May until the end of July, which for us and any sort of columbine is very unusual. So, a break from winter, and hope for spring - here is my pretty Aquiligea whateveritisii from Summer 2007. (Apologies - Blogger is twisting landscape to portrait again.)