Monday, February 3, 2014

White out


The front steps, today.


I rearranged the terrace a bit yesterday, little expecting today's snow. Nothing major, just swiveling the stone table, swapping some pots around, thinking by moving. I want a bigger table and am wondering just how big a stone slab I can find. The current one, a fieldstone gift from a friend, years ago, is three feet long by about two wide. It can squeeze four, but I'd like a comfortable six, for those spring and summer dinners whose thought pulls me through winter.


I cut roses back, finding some disease in the canes, and may take up the kind offer of a couple more bare root roses from David Austen. Then again, these roses are tough and tend to survive. Also, I'm not allowed to order anymore plants online; I think I need an alarm on my laptop. Bwaap, bwaap, bwaap! Back away from the computer!

Quite apart from the annual climbing beans, the Nicotiana and the last-minute favas I ordered, I now expect for my horticultural melting pot terrace: 10 Lilium longiflorum (Asian species lilies, white, trumpet-shaped), 3 Lilium canadense (native to the Northeast), 6 Gloriosa superbum (southern Africa), and 10 Uvullaria grandiflora (a woodland wildflower native to the Northeast) - I hope the latter do well. I've never grown them before. They're summer-dormant so perhaps I'll plant them with Begonia grandis (hardy begonia), if I can find any, or ever-blooming Dicentra eximia, another native.

But for now, the snow falls thick, wet and fast.

6 comments:

  1. It is snowing lightly here today. I wrote about a rose today, too, and the post will tell you about a photographer you may not have heard of, but whose work I know you will enjoy.
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  2. Could you put a thick piece of glass on top of the current table? Sized right it might look nice and much less hassle than getting in a piece of rock. just a thought ....

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  3. Love your blog no matter what you are writing about; always great photos with friendly words. Greetings from sunny Vancouver, British Columbia.

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  4. And greetings from sunny, Seattle, Washington :-)

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  5. Would you like some Crinums ...I think the word for mine is rampant!

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  6. We only got rain. And at long last my doormat is free of salt and ice melt.

    I don't even want to know what is in the ice melt. Can't be good for kitty paws.

    Enjoy your snow. I have no doubt there was a delicious dinner to celebrate.

    xo J

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