|Viola blooming in the winter lawn.|
On a spring-like December day, when the high temperature was 63F, you can’t blame a gardener for chucking all other plans – plans for Christmas shopping, tree decorating, caroling, wassailing, egg nogging, decking the halls, addressing Christmas cards and writing her letter to Santa Claus and the Christmas Cottontail – so she could head out to the garden for some bonus gardening time.
After all, when Mother Nature presents us with a spring-like December day when she could present us with day that is quite wintry, it seems impolite and ungrateful not to go out to the garden for some extra gardening time.
I went out to my garden and found a viola blooming in the lawn. I love to see these little flowers in my lawn and have some plans to try to get more of them to naturalize in the lawn next year. Stay tuned.
I was reminded that this is the early Christmas season when I saw the red and green of this geranium foliage.
|Geranium x cantabrigiense ‘Biokovo’|
I think these geraniums add more color to the garden in the late fall then they do when they are in full bloom in late spring. Feel free to disagree.
Out in the backyard, I noticed how convenient it is for this rogue plant to still have green leaves on it.
|Honeysuckle in the Viburnum|
This makes it much easier to find this invasive interloper and cut it out. You might be wondering if I cut this freeloading, fertilizer sucking shrub seedling out right after I took this picture. Sadly, no. I didn’t. I’m not sure why not. But I will cut it out before the week is over. I promise.
Out in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral, I put some chicken-wire fencing around the newly planted dwarf apple trees to keep the rabbits from gnawing on them this winter.
|Rabbits – Do not eat the bark on the trees.|
I have no idea of this fencing will keep hungry rabbits away from these trees. I’ll have to watch closely especially if we get some actual winter. If I find there are any teeth marks on these trunks, I’ll take swift action.
On a spring-like December day, I also did some more weeding. The weeding never ends. I don’t ever expect it to end. If you know how to put an end to weeding once and for all, you could make a lot of money selling your method to people like me who feel like they are constantly weeding, or if not constantly weeding at least staring at the weeds wondering why there are so many of them.
Or maybe the answer is in my new-to-me book?
|Secrets of Successful Gardening by R. Sudell|
There’s only one way to find out. If winter ever arrives, and there are no more spring-like December days calling me out to the garden, I’ll have some time to read through this book and see what secrets it reveals… maybe secrets about weeds.
Don’t forget to celebrate all things fertilizer on International Fertilizer Day – 12-12-12. It only comes along once every 100 years.