Tens of millions of Americans awoke this morning to record cold and snow. We had only a dusting at my house, but it was too cold for me to venture outside. I took a few blurry pictures through the windows. The bluebirds were checking out H.H.'s bird houses as they decided where to shelter in the bitter weather.
|A dusting of snow on the grass, driveway and potting shed roof.|
|My mini horse and goat find a patch of sun and wait patiently for breakfast.|
We spent most of this past week outside 'winterizing' so that our garden is ready for whatever Old Man Winter brings. It took H.H. and I more than a day to close the fishpond. We switched off the waterfall and the spitter, cleaned all filters, and put the bubbler in place. We emptied out a third of the water and skimmed the leaves and guck from the bottom. We removed the plants and I cut them back and trimmed the roots. Placing them in milk crates with rope 'handles,' we lowered them into the bottom of the pond. Finally, we slowly added fresh water and salt (for the health of the fish.) We positioned bamboo canes (the former runner-bean tepee) across the pool as supports for netting which we anchored with rocks. The netting will prevent debris from falling into the clean water, and most important will protect the fish from predators.
|I always feel sad when it is time to switch off the waterfall. I like the way the parrot's feather grew down this year.|
|We take all plants out of the water and cut them back, then place on the bottom in crates.|
|Wet added salt for the health of our koi.|
|The pond this morning with a dusting of snow around it on the grass and driveway.|
As well as winterizing the fishpond, we cut back perennials, weeded, and raked leaves. I love the fall color of the gooseneck loosestrife, but it had to go. H.H. uses a hedge trimmer to cut down large drifts of plants like this.
|Gooseneck Loosestrife Lysimachia clethroides|
It is Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day, but I'm afraid my fall blooms are now just a memory. I am glad I took some photographs this week before they all disappeared. Several blooms survived the frost until this morning.
|One lonely foxglove.|
|Yarrow 'The pearl'; catmint Nepata 'Walkers Low'; perennial geranium 'Rozanne'|
|The very last of the roses.|
|The snapdragons hung on until the very end.|
One of the most time-consuming jobs is putting away all the statues, garden ornaments, and patio furniture. We almost finished. This morning, just a few pots and a sundial are waiting to go down into the basement.
Although the garden flowers are gone, I have a beautiful Christmas cactus in bloom in the house.
So does Carol of May Dreams Gardens who hosts Garden Bloggers Bloom Day. Do check out her posting.
Happy GBBD dear friends,
|Earlier in the week we saw the last frog to be awake this year!|
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