Bloomin’ Update 37: Hazy Shade Of Winter


Rain Reflection

The forecasters have predicted all week about spring-like temperatures this weekend.  So when Saturday morning arrived, I jumped out of bed like a kid eager to hear news that school was closed for a snow day.  I know mild January temperatures are out of the ordinary — unless this is the new ordinary — but I had big plans for this weekend, even if it was just some basic tidying up of fallen twigs and leaves.

Imagine my surprise, though, when I looked outside and saw nothing but gray and wet.  I don’t know if the forecasters neglected to mention rain with the spring-like temps or if I just stopped listening to the forecast when I heard spring.

In any event, I decided to make the best of it — because when life gives you rain on your garden, grab a camera and take some pictures.

There is a section of ivy that is more tree-like than vine.  It's the only spot with flowers and fruit, now dripping with water.

There is a section of Ivy that is more tree-like than vine. It’s the only spot with flowers and fruit, now dripping with water.

The feathery needles of the White Pines look as if they are bedazzled.

The feathery needles of the White Pines look as if they are bedazzled.

A few days ago, these leaves on the pool cover were encased in ice.

A few days ago, these leaves on the pool cover were encased in ice.

Now the camera can't decide if it wants to focus on the leaves or the reflection of the trees that once held them.

Now the camera can’t decide if it wants to focus on the leaves or the reflection of the trees that once held them.

Crystal beads or. . .

Crystal beads or. . .

diamonds?

. . . diamonds?

Euonymus leaves catching water.

Euonymus leaves catching water.

The fresh, pale colors of a new Ivy.

The fresh, pale colors of a new Ivy.

Good to the last drop.

Good to the last drop.

Margaret Roach Week Is Coming!

The Backyard ParablesMargaret Roach, the creator of the immensely popular gardening blog, A Way To Garden, is celebrating the release of her newest book, The Backyard Parables, with a “blog tour.”

Nitty Gritty Dirt Man will be one of the “stops” on the tour, and in honor of the event, January 20 will begin a series of posts about Margaret, including an exclusive Q&A and a book giveaway.

I hope you’ll be able to join Margaret and me for an exciting week.

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30 responses to this post.

  1. beautiful pictures !! over here we are going to have real Winter with freezing temperatures even during the day and snow is predicted !!! for at least 2 weeks ! I am not amused !

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  2. Your photographs are beautiful and a unique reminder that every drop of water really matters!

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    • Hi Laura. I’m so glad you stopped by and enjoyed the photos. As much as I would love to be outside, there’s nothing like staying inside on a rainy day. Yes, I guess every drop of water matters — for so any things. Thanks for commenting. :)

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  3. marvellous photography!

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  4. Posted by jeksca on January 12, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Nice pictures. That is definitely good use of a gray day.

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  5. Here’s hoping the rest of your day was cozy. A blog tour sounds intriguing. How does it work?

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  6. The drops of water are mesmerizing.

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  7. The picture of the euonymous looks like a big mouth to me. :) I love the idea of a blog tour. I’ll be sure to stop by. I posted my answers/questions today! I hope you like them.

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  8. So glad you’ve had some nice temperatures lately, Kevin. I enjoyed your beautiful images. Of all the beautiful photos, “Good to the Last Drop” takes the cake for me. I can hardly wait for spring to get here! I am burning up with spring fever! Hope all is well. :-)

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    • I also have that fever. Although the temps have been mild, it’s also been damp — but spring fever has set in, nevertheless. Too as there’s still more of January, February, and most of March. :) Be well!

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  9. It was 62 F here in Ohio! I took advantage of it and did exciting things like washing cars and cleaning chicken coops.

    I’m ready for spring. I’m itching to get the veggie garden going again.

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    • That’s a very productive day! Out warm temps have been wet, but tomorrow will be sunny. Sadly, it’s a Monday and that’s an inside workday. But there’s always lunch. :)

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  10. Finally had the luxury of doing some blog crawling and had the wonderful surprise of your rainy day pictures. Such a nice change from the normal winter drab.

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    • Hi Diane. Like I said, I was hoping for some weather to match the mild temps. Oh, we’ll. But I still enjoyed the spring tease. :)

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  11. What great photos. I’m looking forward to learning more of Margaret Roach. I’m not familiar, but I will be. :-)

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  12. Please send some of those glistening droplets our way, Kevin. No rain on our plants for six weeks now and extreme heat in a few days. Looking forward to reading the gardening blog review,
    Enjoy your magical time of year – it’s got to be better than any heat wave.
    Flavia

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    • Flavia, I’ve seen on the news about the heat, brush fires, and dust storms in your part of the world. I’ve also seen the new colors added to the weather temperature maps as a result of the heat. Stay cool, and I do hope some moisture comes your way. Be well.

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  13. I especially love that first photo! We have had rain through this entire month so far. Your photos are an inspiration to see the beauty out there, though I will need a good rain jacket to do it.

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    • Hi Deb. Glad you enjoyed the photo. All I did was look down and notice the reflection of the branches in a glassy puddle. Hope things dry out for you soon. Hang in there.

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  14. Posted by GiRRL_Earth on January 16, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    Kevin,
    Is there a way to contact you off-line? I’d like to get your input, design ideas on my house. Not sure if I ever told you but I got divorced exactly one year ago this month and last year, I purchased an old home from an Italian woman who lived in the house for 75 years (she actually passed away in the house).
    Not long after I closed, my ex, (who is a contractor) and I spent the entire month of April, 2012 ripping out all the overgrown “stuff” around the house. We ripped, we cut, we chainsawed you name it. Now the landscaping around the house is bare and I just don’t know what to plant. I definitely want some dwarf plants (nothing that will grow too big) because the house is small (built in 1915) but I want something different, interesting…something that looks good during winter but even better during spring & summer. Would you be interested in giving me your input? Ppppppppppplease???????????
    -Susan

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    • I’m very flattered. Now’s the time to start getting ideas and to have an understanding of sun and shade. You can make note of what’s planted in your neighbors’ yards — but also at many local businesses and shopping centers and even some gas stations. Very often, they work with landscape architects (thereby doing the work for you) and then contract with local landscaping companies. You might also want to visit a local arboretum — and you might also find a list of native plants on line. That’s at least a starting point.

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  15. Posted by CIndyP on January 19, 2013 at 7:20 am

    One of the best things about “discovering” Margaret Roach is finding more and more wonderful garden blogs via her website. Your pictures are amazing, the kinds of things I try to do with my little point and shoot but seldom achieve.

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    • Cindy, welcome and thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your kind words. To say that I am deeply honored to be part of Margaret’s blog tour and that I was mentioned on her site — well, it would be an understatement. She is an amazing gardener, writer, photographer, and teacher. Be well.

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