Happy 2019 to everyone.
As weather and time permit, I've been able to putter in the garden, tackling the few winter projects that really need doing. For instance, the outer pond in early January needs an overhaul now because soon the newt and frogs will be laying their eggs and I don't want to disturb them.
For reference, here are a few summer photos of this pond. As you can see it is swallowed up in plants which means I'll need to do some thinning out as well as refresh the stagnant water.
|The water is completely covered with waterlily pads.|
|I was so pleased with the flowers on my pitcher plant.|
|Parrot's Feather, shiny Water lily leaves, and a ridiculously large and expanding clump of Juncus patens.|
|What is the point of growing Water lily plants if you can barely see the flowers when they bloom?|
|The pond is to the left of the Japanese Blood Grass.|
|Finally, my clump of Pickerel Weed was happily blooming last summer. (Pontaderia dilatata)|
Now for the muddy winter mess. This was yesterday after I had already gotten rid of the Juncus, cut many of the edging plants back and scooped about half of the water out.
|Mud and roots must be a foot deep!|
|On the right is my scooping bucket. I've gotten most of the gunk out and I'm refilling it with fresh water.|
|I wanted to leave some muck in there so it will remain a wildlife habitat. Such a fine balance.|
|I used this net to gather up the free floating leaves and such.|
|Here, the water is full. I purposefully left some of the green Juncus blades because the frogs attach their egg sacks to them.|
|So much better!|
In other news, here's a few highlights of the rest of the garden.
|'Sunshine Blue' Blueberry plant.|
|Geranium palmatum foliage, looking lovely despite several light frosts.|
|Arbutus enedo flowers, hummingbird food!|
|Dwarf Nandina looks so lush and vibrant, a stalwart winter interest plant.|
|A Gardenia flower ready for spring.|
|Clematis cirhossa var. purpurescens 'Freckles' still going strong|
|Viburnum bodnantense 'Dawn'|
|Melianthus is looking so good this year.|
|Pelargonium 'Filbert' is still blooming. I've covered it with a blanket three times so far during cold nights.|
|Fuchsia 'Neon Tricolor' also covered during the brief cold snaps.|
|One of my favorite new containers.|
|Look at all the little flowers on my Chimonanthus praecox!|
|Daphne 'Eternal Fragrance'|
|Helleborus getting ready to bloom.|
|Oxalis crassipes 'Rosea' fixing to bloom.|
And there you have it. It's winter but so far it's mild. Let's hope it stays that way.