Friday, January 18, 2013

In retrospect... #4

 Aesculus carnea 'Briotti'/ variegated maple/Fagus sylvatica 'Dawyck Purple'

It's interesting to see how other garden bloggers living in a winter climate post through this time of dormancy. Spring is a long way off here in Wisconsin and this coming week will usher in the coldest temperatures of the year thus far. Minus ten degrees fahrenheit are predicted with highs in the single digits and wind as well... we are generally a bit lower than what is expected and most of our snow cover departed during the January thaw... given a choice, I would have preferred it stay and insulate the gardens. At least plants don't recognize wind chills and I'm sure most things will be unaffected... we are well into a lengthy dormancy and fall rains provided excellent water as well as the melted snow from our big blizzard... only now is the ground actually freezing. Most things should manage this next week without any damage at all.

I am continuing posting on the 2010 gardens and with this post, I'm using photos that have not been posted before, although the subject matter almost certainly has. 

 Aesculus carnea 'Briotti


German Iris 'Stepping Out' and Phlox subulata

Tree peony

Dwarf lilac

Aesculus/ Picea omorika 'Nana'/ Picea glauca 'Pendula'/ Picea pungens 'Moerheim'

Tree peony 'Taiyo'

Parkland series rose 'Morden Blush'

Persicaria polymorpha

Explorer series rose 'William Baffin'

One of the Finnish hardy Rhododendrons... 'Pohjola's Daughter'

Syringa 'Sensation'

Winter is without a doubt my least favorite season... I don't care for the cold... it plays havoc with the arthritis in my back. Of course anyone with degenerative arthritis knows that the more one moves, the less problem with the ailment. I am presently involved in creating a six foot transom of my own design. This kind of work doesn't involve the amount of movement that keeps my back from locking up so I'started on a more physically active project. Twenty-five years ago I came across 5000 feet of wormy oak in a field... I bought it and proceeded to build a kitchen. After all these years the kitchen has begun to look a bit tired so I'm in the process of restoring it. I can't tell you how many raised panel doors as well as raised paneling on the adjoining walls I have that will be sanded and receive three coats of varnish. I'll be adding a couple new windows and updating the floor and countertops as well. This activity, along with the tread mill should help get my back loosened up a bit hopefully.
Regarding the transom... the pictures below show about a third of the total design which depicts calla lilies growing in a field. The blooms are all clear beveled glass and the background is a clear 'Baroque'. While the pictures don't really show it, the Baroque has aggressive swirls formed into it. The only color will be a sky blue border and the green foliage.

Well... I'm off to add another coat of finish to a cupboard door...
Happy winter! Larry


Alistair said...

Hi Larry, no cheerier way at this time of year than to spend some time looking at how things were in the warmer days. Quite a show from the Explorer series rose 'William Baffin'. The ground here at the moment has a two inch covering of snow, temperature is about 36f, wind chill makes it feel colder. Hope the rest of your Winter is not too severe.

Beth said...

The rhodies are just amazing! Love the horse chestnut too. Can't wait to see your refurbished kitchen! Bet Sarah is excited too!
Blessings, Beth

kate maryon said...

Hi Larry
I absolutely love the dragonfly lamp! It would look awesome in my livingroom!
I thoroughly enjoy your post. Always informative and inspiring.
I hear you about the arthritis...
Its a catch 22 isn't it. You don't feel like working out because of the pain but you know if you don't its going to be worse!
Our weather seems to mimic yours although we haven't had more then 2 inches of snow at any one time. We currently are getting hit with lake effect snow storms all this week an then back warm again. I've noticed that my Hydrangeas buds are looking a little too "open" for my likeing!

Tootsie said...

thank you so much for linking in this week. I always enjoy having time to get around and look at what everyone shared with us! I hope to see you again soon! I am sharing this post on the tootsie time facebook page as well!
hugs from Alberta Canada!

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