Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Some Tough Characters

It's been a tough year for containers, but they're hanging in there!  Pansies and violas are especially cold TOLERANT, but not necessarily snow lovers.... (this Euonymus only looks good in the winter when the scale is goes in the trash in spring!)
One of the most pedestrian cultivars of Pansy (Delta True Orange) is also one of the best in this sort of weather! 
The Euphorbias showing off winter color 
Each time there is a snow casualty in this hanging basket, another piece of cut greenery goes in.  By March it will look like an FTD arrangement! the greenhouse the clerodendron is blooming! 
Lettuces, mesclun and spinach are all showing up for late winter salads! 
I tend to use pretty huge photos, so if you click on them they look a whole lot better usually...


  1. I've been thinking I should grow salad in the greenhouse. We grow mostly annuals for spring so from November to February their isn't much in there. We could definately do some cool seaon crops. Do you find you have trouble with bugs by keeping a high volume in the green house all winter?

  2. Hey... I took my wreath down today, 50 & sunny in Portland. I understand that they are pedestrian, but I did the planter boxes at work in pansy & miniture iris. It is still in the low 30s at night, but they seem to be doing well. the Pansies were a new, well new to me hybrid with ruffeled edges.

    Thanks for the great photos.

  3. Such a shame about scale on Euonymus, otherwise it would be a great plant. We also use them in winter containers at work, and I have been amazed at what they can put up with while continuing to look lively and fresh.

  4. Everything looks beautiful in your neck of the woods! Love your blog and all the info. you have to share.

  5. AHHHHH, lovely. A feast for the eyes and the soul, and in the case of the greens, for the palate too.

    Green blessings,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island