February is a good time to get outside, in the garden, and survey what's going on (if you're not snowed under), see what might be showing early signs of spring, what looks dead, and what needs pruned. We won't talk about what needs chased away this time of year, but it has something to do with flocks of Canadian geese that think our river property is ideal for mating and growing the gaggle.
February is also the time for Southern Living's Grumpy Gardener's (aka Steve Bender) annual Crepe Murder contest. It's a shameless display of the worst of the worst in this southern specimen's owners' most ugly
chop pruning jobs via email submittals and Grumpy's judgment. The winners receive a copy of the The New Annual Southern Living Garden Book. This is my first-time submittal, titled, "Capital Crepe Murder 2015".
|Capital Crepe Murder 2015|
A walk through my own garden on a couple of warm, sunny days the first week of February (2015) has, indeed, provided glimpses into the Spring weather to come - soon!
|Annual beds of pansies, with perennial daffodil bulbs inching their way out of the ground.|
Screeeech: We interrupt this post for a snowstorm that occurred February 16, 2015. Photo below taken hours before the final, 10" accumulation, followed by week-long, frigid temps, with power outages and sleet at week's end.
|Winter snowstorm, mid-February|
|Front garden winter screen|
|Back garden landscape|
|Hydrangeas, old and new growth (with buds)|
|Germinating lemon seeds|
Last but not least - do you remember this Succulent Orb Experiment that I nailed (hahaha!) from a Pinterest-inspired photo last June (2014)?
|Succulent in Winter - Sunroom|
So, what's in your garden? Snow? Blooms? Buds? [Crepe] Murder? I'd love for you to share your dirt with me!
NOTE: I am fully aware of the spelling I chose for crepe myrtle. Here's an interesting link on the debate as to the correct spelling: "Is it Crape Myrtle or Crepe Myrtle?"
Rita C. at PanoplySharing with any given number of these fine hosts: