10 Dec 2010

GARDENS IN DECEMBER

Posted by JW

PUTTING THINGS TO SLEEP FOR THE WINTER

We are busy mulching the gardens and cleaning things up for winter.  Liza has a new camera and is busy learning how it works.


Hydrangea paniculata is in its final stage from White Blooms to Pink to its final fall color.  Not sure as to the particular  name of this Hydrangea.

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The usual winter birds are showing up.  A pair of Eastern Bluebird’s are here again, expect they will stay the winter.  We have seen a female Rufous-Sided Towhee at the feeders, first time we can recall a female.  We have seen the male a couple of times in the past.

DOWNY WOODPECKER Female

DOWNEY WOODPECKER Male

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A new garden started this fall.  Our boulder now has a garden wrapped around it.  A few perennials put in for the winter.  In the spring we will build a retaining wall of logs and stone around the perimeter then filled with compost and loam.

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This garden is mostly Daylilies and now has a blanket of Horse Manure mulch to keep it for the winter.

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Rhododendron is doing great after being almost totally destroyed in the ICE STORM 2007.

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Garden assistants checking out the mulch that was just applied to the gardens.

BELLA

CHARLIE

CHARLIE

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That’s it for this post.  hope to be posting more often again.  We really appreciate your comments, so leave one to let us know you stopped by.


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10 Responses to “GARDENS IN DECEMBER”

  1. Hello dear garden friends, Liza and John,

    I just love your enthusiasm and love for all you do. Will there ever be a time, when you run out of space?? Winter has not even started, there is a light snow cover here, but like you, I have never looked forward so much for spring’s arrival as I do now.
    Liza, I do love your bird photos. (Good luck with your new camera). I wish, we could attract more of these beautiful creatures. We have an over population of squirrels here in our area, that makes it difficult for having bird feeders filled without them being turned upside down, the minute the seeds go in. The best squirrel proof feeder on the market here on top of a heavily greased pole is no deterrant to one very pesky Mr. Bushy Tail. Once, the feeder is ‘dumped’ (turned upside down), he’ll guard his stash
    until everything is in his belly. Poor birds don’t have a chance.
    Any Ideas???
    How’s your ‘ticker’ behaving, John? I am sure, everthing is fine.
    I hope, you both have a very enjoyable Holiday season and may Santa be good.
    Love, Christa

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    jwlw Reply:

    Hi Christa: Squirrels can be a problem, I have a feeder for them that seems to help keep them away from the bird feeders. Not many squirrels here so far this winter. Fox population has increased in the last couple of years and the squirrel population has decreased.

    Don’t think we will ever run out of space here we have 10 acres. Haven’t even scratched the surface. Yes everything is ticking ok. How are you doing, you are very busy on Facebook?

    Enjoy your Holidays,
    John and Liza

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    Christa Krueger

  2. Hello John and Liza

    I didn’t realise how big that boulder was until I saw Bella on top of it – it’s huge how did you get that there?

    Winter has hit us hard already and we’re now in a little thaw after being under 18 inches of snow which is so rare in the UK at this time of year.

    I loved your little bird photos – are you both like me having a tripod and camera sitting at the window next to the feeders? Sometimes I can hear the woodpecker but he has never ventured to my feeder yet.

    Have a lovely weekend and I hope Lisa is enjoying learning her new camera manual. :)

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    jwlw Reply:

    Hi Rosie: Boulder came from the well line replacement. The Backhoe that dug the drench had all it could do to lift it out and move it to its current location. No snow yet this year, Keeping fingers crossed for no snow until January. We have tripod’s but no camera on one. Good idea, we have talked about it just haven’t done it . Woodpeckers like suet, have you tried that yet?

    Have a great day,
    John and Liza

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    Rosie@leavesnbloom

  3. Beautiful photos as usual

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    jwlw Reply:

    Hi Cynthia: Thanks for the comment.

    Enjoy your evening,
    John

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    Cynthia

  4. Morning John and Liza, Wow alot of gardening going on:) Loving the new Boulder Garden and I love the Dog Flower on top :)
    Liza, your photographer as usual is always beautiful. Great Shots. We are having alot of bird activity here. Lots of Woodpeckers of all kinds. We have alot of dead trees in the woods. I’m waiting for the Turkeys again.Been busy and haven’t dragged out the camera for the birds yet :)
    I love your property and you put such great care into your gardens.
    John and Glad your up and about OK..
    Take care both of you and stay warm!!!
    Your Friend Joyce

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    jwlw Reply:

    Hi Joice: Dog Flower, now that you mention it we seem to have a few of them. Never thought of them that way. Will have to look for photos of them and post on the blog.

    Enjoy the Holidays and take care,
    Liza and John

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    Joyce

  5. Hi there, you visited my blog ages ago via blogtanical which I’ve had problems using so a very belated visit from me. I find it fascinating that people on two different continents are doing jsut the same things in their gardens to prepare for winter. Christina

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    jwlw Reply:

    Good morning Christina: Welcome to Liza and John’s Garden. It doesn’t matter where our gardens are there are things that we all do that are the same or similar. Like preparing for winter, conditioning the soil and finding plants that grow well in our location. The list is never ending. You just adjust what and how you do things to fit your situation.

    Come visit any time you are always welcome. Thanks for commenting.
    Have a wonderfull day,
    John

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    Christina

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