This (picture above) is pretty much January in the garden. Chilly and rainy.
The weather is taking care of all my gardening tasks- since it’s chilly and not very sunny, nothing is growing very fast (no pruning) and since it rains every few days, nothing needs watering. So I basically just go out there and look at things and look at things some more, walk around a bit, pluck off a leaf or pinch a dead bloom, mess around at the potting table, and then that’s that.
I am very happy with how the broccoli is doing (blue pot). I forgot how fun it is to grow. I really need to get more veggies planted. As much as I consider myself obsessed with flowers, I think when push comes to shove, vegetables are more rewarding to plant and to watch grow. I think I just hate the part where the plant is done because the veggies are gone from it (some veggies, not all). And a lot of vegetable plants don’t make it through the hot summers.
Rain, rain, rain.
One kind of bittersweet thing this week- the spider that has been keeping me company in the garden since last summer died. I found her body on the pavers near the pool after not seeing her up at her web for a few days. She was incredibly strange looking- she had a shell and a set of spikes. I’ve never seen anything like it. I did a little research and found out that she was a Horned Spider (she looked a lot like this one) and they only live for a season. That made me feel better, knowing it wasn’t the weather or anything we did that killed her. But still… it was nice to look up everyday and see her newest creation, web-wise. They say the females die after laying eggs, so maybe we’ll have more. Horned spiders are apparently very good at pest control, so I wouldn’t mind a few spinning webs around the lanai.
Even though it’s kind of dreary and blah, some of the flowers are still putting on a show for me…
… and some are waiting in the wings for spring.