Wednesday, January 11, 2017

All Gone

It melted in the night with a light rain assist.

The Under Garden makes a return.

My day was spent elbow deep in cold pond scum with a dash of dung at the end. It seems more and more fish ponds are falling into my care. There are two ponds at my destination tomorrow. Right now I am not responsible, but I look at them and think, come spring I am going to give them both a good scrubbing and make them work right again.

Pond scum could easily turn into a fine second career for my decrepitude.

The snow melted and it hit fifty degrees, but a strong wind was blowing in a still wet and misty world. Conditions were not optimum. They were good enough for the snowdrops to forge ahead.

They were good enough for the second 'Jelena' Witch Hazel to start opening blooms. Next week is looking weirdly warm for January. That will really get the Witch hazels going.

Is winter done already? Portland, Oregon got a foot of snow last night. That is kind of unheard of. What will that do when it gets here?

I had been noticing this fungus in the barren of late. Turns out it is edible or so someone online says. It looks right to be Grifola frondosa, Hen of the Woods. I'm not that adventurous though. Someone like Mikey will have to try it first.

With wet, warmish and no snow in the diagnosis for the next week and all the client's gardens put to bed, there is bound to be some time for me to start the chop and drop and tend to a few other chores around here. Let me see, what's on the list.


Sallysmom said...

We had sleet and a few snow flurries last week. This week it will be close to 80 by tomorrow. Makes me wonder what our summer will be like.

Lisa Greenbow said...

Snowdrops are popping up here too but the hellebores aren't quite convinced.I on the other hand was out sitting on the patio for awhile after pulling some winter weeds that are also popping up. Pond scum sounds like a good third incarnation.

Christopher C. NC said...

Sallysmom I may have another record okra crop next summer and if I can keep the flea beetles off the eggplant, I might get more than a couple of those.

Lisa I like my hellebore to wait because they get zapped by late freezes quite regular. Pond scum is my destiny.