It’s January; Let’s Think About Gardening












Last summer’s garden; for contrast with the last post, and so you can feel my particular pain as I await a weekend Nor’easter. At least the gardens will get an extra blanket for next week’s deep freeze. As it is now they’re mostly covered with ice. My particular favorite is the salmon poppy (above.) And didn’t the roses put on quite a show last year? I’m so desperate to garden that I cut four African violet leaves and set them to root in a planter on my mantel; they look very perky and determined. I’ve compiled a little syllabus of gardening books to get those of you through who are in the same boat. But, don’t forget, there are always seed catalogues and daydreaming.

Gardening Books to Get You Through

Unknown Slow Flowers by Debra Prinzig

Unknown The Layered Garden by David L Culp

51XTeDP6iQL._AA160_Ghosts in the Garden by Beth Kephart

UnknownThe Living Landscape by Dick Darke and Doug Tallamy

Unknown The Flower Farmer by Lynn Byczynski

Unknown Hellebores by C. Colston Burrell and Judith Knott Tyler

Unknown Gertrude Jekyll and the Country House Garden by Judith B. Tankard

Unknown The Wild Garden by William Robinson

Unknown Sissinghurst; Vita Sackville-West and the Creation of a Garden by Vita Sackville-West and Sarah Raven

8 thoughts on “It’s January; Let’s Think About Gardening

  1. Oh man don’t hate me for this, but I just came in from a day of weeding. It’s only fair that I get to boast a little..since we have virtually one season here in California..and I really crave more. It seems that this horrible drought we’re having has pushed us into Spring gardening..weeds and all. I kid you not, my garden is covered in newly sprouting Clarkia’s, Asian & Califonia Poppies, Daffodils, lettuce (that I let go to seed) & more. The strange part is that I pruned the roses all the way back (like I do every January) and yet they are still blooming. Perhaps it’s climate change..whatever it is, it’s the strangest gardening season I’ve seen yet!

    • Jenny,
      I don’t hate you. I know I wouldn’t be able to deal without the seasons. Plus, just hearing about the weeds reminds me of the horse nettle I’m battling. It’s also known as Sodom’s apple, to give you an idea of how awful it is. And the insects! The black flies are terrible in the spring and then the plants get attacked by Japanese beetles around the end of June. I don’t know how to get rid of them other than the bag traps, which fill to the brim. They’re a scourge. Enjoy your garden. I’ll get some solace knowing that someone, somewhere, is walking barefoot in the dirt:)

  2. Sarah, Your flowers are beautiful! I love the winter in the Rocky mountains, but I am looking forward to warmer temperatures, my garden and all the beautiful creatures that come with it. I’ve already sent my dahlia order. It’s never too early to start planning your garden:) Cheers!

    • Thank you Elizabeth. Oohh, dahlias! I only planted them once, because of the need to dig them up for winter (I don’t do that!). I like my bulbs to be self sufficient. But, wow, those dahlias were the size of plates and had the prettiest colors. Take photos for me.

  3. Plant your dahlias close up to the house. I never had to dig mine up, they came up every year with no problem. I don’t know if it’s the warmth of the house, but mine come up every year. I’m here in central Pennsylvania so I imagine it’s as cold here as in Massachusetts. It’s worth a try.

  4. Thanks Robin, I’ll try that. We’ve had some below zero days, but maybe if they’re deep and on the south side right up against the house they’ll have a better chance.

    • Sarah,
      I’ll snap some pics for you. I’ve planted a variety of tulip bulbs, alliums, tiger lily & oriental lily bulbs. I have plans to grow a Chinese herb garden in the backyard. This will be my first time experimenting with Chinese herb seeds…We’ll see how it goes:)

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