surprise tulips

I ordered a lot of tulips last summer, and I spent quite a bit of time choosing. While I received labeled packages of everything I ordered, the blooming results show 2 unexpected varieties instead of 2 I ordered. I love my surprise tulips though – more than the 2 I ordered that never came! Now I want to order these new ones for next year!





(Hopefully they will come….)

up from the deep….

We had about a foot of snow melt the other day when it rained overnight and was warm (50) all day. When I looked out my kitchen window around 5pm, I saw part of one branch of my witch hazel peeking out from the snow – it was arched over with the about a foot of the tip underneath. I guess the last snowstorm was heavy enough to weigh the branches over. I put on my snow boots, held my breath and ventured into the 2 feet of snow left to see if I could carefully uncover some branches hoping they had not been broken when my husband was trekking along my garden path to roof rake per my last post.

It was a miracle really, because except for one smaller branch that was partially broken (I wrapped it to see what happens), I uncovered the whole plant. As soon as I released the branches gently from the snow, they popped right up and I had myself a beautiful vase-shaped witch hazel again!

The next time it pops, it will be the flowers which have an amazing scent. And we will still have snow which will be a nice backdrop.

back in action!

back in action!

I don’t need a photo of my taller witch hazel (see last post) because it has been completely covered in snow for several weeks. But I’m not sure what shape it’s in under the snow…..because one weekend my husband did a bit of roof raking to remove snow from the roof and made a trail of large foot prints along the path where the outermost plants are in the backyard. I realized this a few days later and trekked out there myself to see if I could assess the damage. Since the snow is so deep, his footprints went down about a foot – and I’m hoping he stepped right in the middle of the vase shape since I couldn’t find any branches when I gently removed some snow in the area of the witch hazel. Temperatures will be going up next week so I will know soon enough as the snow melts.

Next year I know to put stakes around the outside of the garden edge as markers!

slightly snow covered

I took a few photos of all the snow we’ve gotten in under 2 weeks. It’s a lot….

I’m thinking my witch hazels won’t bloom until March at this rate. One is completely buried and the other is still visible – the top quarter, with many buds. Maybe April?

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the power of color

As soon as I repotted my gerbera daisy to bring it indoors for the winter, the warmth of the house brought on a continuous stream of flowers – clearly it is very happy.

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And so are the recipients!


I have a few “babies” in the garden – at least I am sure of one of them – this very adorable cucumber….

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The next photo shows what I think is the start of a fig at the branch point. I’ll know soon enough as it grows!

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garden glitter

I added several new plants to my perennial garden after digging up some I no longer wanted. It was one of those more infrequent times when I actually had open places for new plants rather than having to find room in my crowded garden.

Coincidentally and randomly enough, two of them have the word “sea” in the name – one is a sea lavender (just like the ones on the bay side of Cape Cod,) and one is a sea holly called Blue Glitter. While I have a few globe thistles that sport similarly colored flowers (purple-blue), the sea holly as a whole plant gradually “glows” with this beautiful color.

In the first photo, you can see the 2 stalks – one has started to change color, the other is, for the most part, a very pretty green.

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In the last photo, you can see how even the stem becomes the purple/blue color as well if you look closely. When the whole plant changes over, it will be quite a statement!

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