Ok, what’s next?

It’s a new year, christmas is packed up and in the attic.  Floors have been vacuumed and the house is back in semi-order. 

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It feels good to start over, clean the slate so to speak.  In January my thoughts always turn to gardening.  It’s a cold day here, windy and I even saw a few rare snowflakes on my morning walk with the dog. 

I enjoy the gardening catalogs that come this time of year and now that the winter solstice is behind us every day is getting a little bit brighter for longer.

The houseplants have all been brought into the house or onto the porch.  In my last blog entry I talked about my book collection.  One of the books is about topiaries and I mentioned that I love to grow standards. 

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This myrtle standard has moved around the country with me and I have had it for over a decade.  In the summer it gets very full and is so green, lush and round.  One year a big chunk of it died and for a long time we called it the death star but not anymore.  It rallied back, it is a tough old thing.

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This is a bay laurel that I started from a 4 inch cutting.  It needs some reshaping this year but I love the smell of the leaves and I cook with the bay leaves often.  When I cut it back I throw the leaves in the trunk of my car when it is hot outside.  Within just a few days they are perfectly dried and my car smells great too.

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This is an american boxwood and I was so excited when I found the starter plant for this.  Usually in the market boxwoods have been clipping into a hedge shape but this one was tall with a nice central stem.  This plant is 3 years old and is just beginning to have the hint of the proper standard shape.  Boxwoods grow extremely slow and I really look forward to when this one fills out and makes a nice lollipop shape.

Oh man, I can’t wait for warm weather.  sigh.

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8 thoughts on “Ok, what’s next?

  1. Firsties!!
    I love your new banner–it’s so pretty.
    I have my whole house all cleaned up for Christmas–now I just need to clean the bathrooms–yuck. I have two boys in the house (not including hubby) and one is potty training.
    *sigh*
    ~Sadie

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  2. Good for you packing up christmas already. I am doing mine on the weekend. I love how christmas looks and feel a bit sad taking it down.
    Love your topiaries – well worth all the effort you put into them.
    Alison

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  3. Your topiaries. Boxwoods are a plenty at my house. They seem to be the only thing I keep alive for an extended period of time~
    Bristol

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  4. I’m with you on the wish for warmer weather. It will be a while in my neck of the woods.
    If you’re finished putting away holiday decorations already, you’re way ahead of the game.
    Happy New Year.

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  5. Suzy, You are so way ahead of me! I am just starting to put everything away today. I heard that you were having a cold snap in Virginia. Hopefully, that won’t last very long. I can’t wait for the warmer weather…I think that I will think about gardening while I take down a few of those indoor (Christmas) trees. xxoo, Susan

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  6. these pictures are beautiful. those trees are amazing. i can’t wait to get my hands dirty in out gardens this year, but it seems i will be waiting for quite a long time!

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  7. My tree is still up! hahha….but you saw why. we have been finishing up on the bathroom and I have no motivation or energy left to do much else…plus no time. Only so many hours in a day..no matter the tricks I try to manufacture more.
    This week…. trees down…and begin a doll and a bear….. wheeeeeee!!! fun stuff…

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