January 12, 2006

Garden Daydreams

It's been unseasonably warm here in my part of the South recently. I've gotten out and pulled weeds and finished some of the fall cleanup garden tasks that I never gotten around to. I've cursed the squirrels who have been eating my tulip bulbs and I've noticed some of my allium springing to life.

In January when one expects to wear coats and see at least a bit of white now and then, it feels like April. Although I know I can't plant anything for several more months, this weather makes me want to go outside and stare at the ground. In the evenings, I peruse garden catalogs and try to decide if this will the year I get into roses.

I know it isn't spring yet and I'm not about to start wishing that time will pass any faster than it already does, but days like we've been having make me long to get some dirt under my nails. I guess I'll content myself with planning further plant aquisitions and digging out the dandelions while the weather holds.


It's sunny and 55 here today and the garden is calling me also. It's dangerous though to have the garden bug hit so hard when the catalogs are arriving.

Posted by: earth girl at January 12, 2006 10:27 AM

It's supposed to hit 60 in Dee Cee today and even a bit warmer tomorrow. I woke up in the middle of the night last night and thought, "Yikes! If I'm going to start anything from seed this year, I'd better get ordering!"

Posted by: Robert the Llama Butcher at January 12, 2006 12:27 PM

Gee! all we have had is RAIN,on and off for the last 20 days. I still have some Christmas stuff outside and have not felt going out in the damp to bring it in. I haven't had the urge to get dirt under my nails YET!

Posted by: keewee at January 12, 2006 08:57 PM

Garden catalogs are as traditional in January as dead Christmas trees ;-)

Don't be afraid of roses. The main thing is to find a good place for them. They really do need 6+ hours of sunlight a day, they cannot be planted where a rose previously was planted, and they need regular water, at least for the first year or two. (Old roses, the kind that live carefree in cemeteries for aeons, are least demanding, of course.)

If you want to start really simple with a type of rose that will almost certainly do well for you, get a few miniatures. They're small but tough and can be quite rewarding :-)

Posted by: Patricia at January 13, 2006 09:43 AM