• Sophia Dunkin-Hubby

Winter Garden Update

Last weekend I finally got out in the garden and had the time to make some of the changes I've been planning. Nothing like a good mucking around in the dirt to revive the soul, especially at this time of year.

We don't get much frost so I pulled out the bulbs that I had in the fridge and figured out which ones to plant where. In order to make room I ripped out some annuals so I could re-purpose the pots. When I first started gardening I only planted perennials because I didn't want to have to change what I was growing. But once I ran out of room I came around to the idea of putting plants in for a few months and then ripping them out and planting something new. Plus it adds variety.

I planted violas in the fall, which failed to flower more than once, and a couple of cyclamen. One of the cyclamen is still doing well so I've left it while the other one went in the compost. I also ripped out a couple of polka dot plants that were way past their prime and some old clover. In their place I planted anenomes, snow flakes, snow drops, and crocus bulbs. You can plant over bulbs so you don't have to look at bare soil, but since I waited so long there's not a huge variety of plants that are available. So I sprinkled wildflower seeds over them instead. We'll see if anything grows.

Winters in Northern California are mild, but many plants still go dormant at this time of year so things can look a little bare. It's why I have Lenten Roses as they're one of the only things that blooms in shady areas at this time of year. Lenten Roses can be finicky about being transplanted. The first one I got had no blooms on it and didn't flower at all last year, just put out two large leaf stalks. The other two both had blooms on them when they arrived, but were past their bloom and quickly faded. I'm pleased to report that all three of them are blooming this year (see below).

There's still some work to do. It's time to prune the fuchsias back and to check for and deal with slugs. And then to dream about what to plant in the spring and summer. One of the best things about gardening is that it's ever changing.



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