The garden in winter

By N.A. Booko

Pittsboro, NC – It is indeed hard to find something delightful in the winter garden. But right now, I have some miniature roses that have decided to bloom. It all started maybe forty years ago when I bought some seeds labeled only “Angel Rose.”

dried leaf cover by snow at daytime
Photo by photos_by_ginny

I planted them and quite a few emerged. And they later bloomed. Deep rose, white, pale pink and pastel colors. Not all on the same bush, but several plants. They have really been hardy. They do get a little ‘leggy” after several years and need to be cut back. The cuttings can sometimes be coaxed into rooting.

The leaves in my garden right now are almost six to eight inches thick. It really looks insurmountable. I won’t yet say ‘oh my aching back’, but I know it isn’t far off. I really need to get the leaves off my flower beds before things start to sprout in early spring. I always feel good about it if I have it done by March first. All depends on the weather and my stamina

A gardening friend shared canna lilies and iris with me this fall. I finally got them all planted and look forward to seeing how they perform. I have never had a lot of luck with either. Both need a lot of sun and I don’t have that many areas in my garden that are sunny all day.

This has been a dreadful fall season for moles- I have never had them make mounds before. The tunnels yes, but the mounds all have red dirt that has been brought to the surface. I not saying one or two mounts, but maybe twenty or more- and they completely up-root ferns and the like.

I went on a fall rooting toot this year. I should know better. Rooting is best in late spring months. I already know that much of it just didn’t happen. Dead. But a large percentage looks as if it did root. Variegated box wood is not easy to root at any time, but I see that some of that is rooting. Also a Japanese pine is looking good.

I got cuttings of Edwardia from a friend and not sure if that is rooting or not.

I had wanted to move a huge double flowering oak leaf hydrangea to a better spot. I did that in early October. I had to cut many roots in order to do so. It still had leaves at the time and let me know it was none too happy with being moved. But right now it seems to be doing OK. Keeping my fingers crossed. Planting large shrubs that are growing in containers is much easier.

I am trying to stay home and doing my best to avoid getting the virus. It is so scary. I urge everyone to try and stay safe and follow guideline that the professionals of this world are advising.

Stay warm, stay safe and make the best of this wondrous season.

Was it Darwin that said: “I never met a monkey I didn’t like”?