Friday, January 8, 2010

Cold Weather Gardening

This week's cold snap has put a bit of a damper on the gardening chores that normally get done at this time of year. Since the garden at the Big House is so flower-intensive, it's a blessing that we're able to do some things in January and February.

This week we got a bunch of pruning done (clip for a couple of hours, defrost for 15 minutes, clip for another couple of hours, etc.), and then spent one full day thinking about the warmer weather to come.

When the wind is howling, these are the days when I fully appreciate my job. What a treat to spend some time in the glass house potting up brugmansia cuts, repotting orchids, and such. We typically will buy some things for summer containers at this time of year, pot them up and let them grow out for a few months, so they're lush when they go into the containers in April.


  1. Right now I'm crushing on the green house and the head house! By head house I mean potting shed. Oh to have the dedicated space to appreciate the beauty of plants!

    /waxing poetically

  2. I did hear you had a bit of snow and ice down there in GA. Hope it warms up for you soon.

  3. Brought back memories of the days when I did your job - one thing I really miss is the greenhouse work. No matter what, there always seemed to be brugmansias and clivias to attend to. Please do a post on your containers in due course!

  4. I wish I had a greenhouse like that. Instead, I have to make do with the basement and hoophouse. One day. I will have a green house on this property.

  5. If only I had such a greenhouse on my own property! It gives me great pleasure, though, that "Mrs." really enjoys it.