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Winter journals

  • JackTruelove 21 Jul 2014
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    What winter?

    I haven’t been in North East Victoria for winter in a number of years, and no matter how many times I ask mum “Is this really a normal winter?” she answers “it’s usually a bit better than this” and I sit, quietly surprised at the generosity of the seasons in th...
    Sunny 14°C / 57°F
  • JosieO 25 Apr 2014
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    Winter Pooch Poop

    Yes! You heard me right, or read it right rather. Its a dirty job and my husband refuses to do it. My dogs came into my life before my husband. He prefers cats but I love my two pooches like they are my own children. “I wonder if he’d change diapers if kids WERE involved”? A...
    Sunny 11°C / 52°F
  • BloominGranny 04 Apr 2014
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    Daffodils in the melting snow

    Daffodil 'King Alfred' and Driveway Border garden
    Clear 2°C / 35°F
  • BloominGranny 03 Apr 2014
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    Heavy April Snow

    Snowed all night and all day so far. This is the most snow we’ve had a one time since I moved here.
    Light Snow 0°C / 32°F
  • BloominGranny 27 Mar 2014
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    Time to start watering the jugs

    Winter Sowing garden
    The weather is warming up and our nightly lows are staying above 25F so I’ve begun watering my jugs. There are no sprouts yet, but some should start appearing over the next few weeks. I am using a kiddie swimming pool and large storage container with lid to bottom-water the jugs.
    Scattered Clouds 4°C / 39°F
  • BloominGranny 22 Mar 2014
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    Snowing again....

    More snow. May even stick a couple of days.
    Light Snow -4°C / 25°F
  • mooshka 21 Mar 2014
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    Is this winter almost over?

    Rose of Sharon and Pussy Willow Flowering
    The first day of spring was yesterday. Tonight we’re due to get freezing rain. I was so over this winter a week ago, two weeks ago, a month ago, two months ago… It has been unrelenting in its cold and snow. This seems like the first week there has been sun, and noticeable sun. I can s...
    Sunny 2°C / 36°F
  • BloominGranny 20 Mar 2014
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    Holding my breath while hardening off seedlings

    Snapdragon 'Dwarf Magic Carpet' planter , Snapdragon 'Dwarf Magic Carpet' , Snapdragon 'Dwarf Magic Carpet...
    I began hardening off my snapdragon seedlings even though they are very young. Last night was their first night outside, and I was holding my breath! But as I anxiously checked them this morning, they handled the 30F night just fine. Hopefully I can get them planted out over the next few days. We...
    Scattered Clouds -3°C / 27°F
  • BloominGranny 02 Mar 2014
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    Icy fog

    Icy fog all day yesterday and last night. Everything is frost covered and so pretty. Only 6 degrees F, and my water pipes froze, of course.
    Light Snow -14°C / 7°F
  • PlantyHamchuk 27 Feb 2014
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    Misc

    Schefflera Under Attack
    I just ate a stir fry with habanero peppers and I feel so much better it reinforces my notion that habanero peppers have some wonderful properties that are incredibly beneficial to health. Maybe I’ll plant a third batch!! V had horrible insomnia and transplanted many things in the solarium,...
    Clear -1°C / 30°F
  • BloominGranny 20 Feb 2014
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    Weird snow last night: Huge flakes and sticky

    Winter Sowing garden
    It snowed huge, sticky flakes last night. It was so windy too. This morning the sides of buildings and window ledges have snow on them. The snow is all lumpy, like cottage cheese though. I planted several milk jugs of winter sown seeds in the last few days because the weather has been gorgeous. Y...
    Scattered Clouds -3°C / 27°F
  • DiggerKnowle 19 Feb 2014
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    Rain, rain, rain...

    Here at the house in Harold Hill, that’s near Romford, Essex, England, there has been nought but rain, although for a few minutes a week or so ago it did try very hard to snow. Rain, that wonderful bringer of life, that wonderful natural irrigator, that natural soil drowning liquid. WeR...
    Overcast 7°C / 45°F
  • HazelJ 14 Feb 2014
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    There's snow-time like the present to start seeds!

    It snowed. Again. The forecast was for 20 to 30 cm today, and I think we were pretty close. It was quite windy, so there were some impressive drifts. Enough that as I neared the end of an hour of snow clearing, I was beginning to regret the 2 miles on the treadmill at lunch hour. I’m defini...
    Snow -6°C / 21°F
  • seeingreen 05 Feb 2014
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    Salad Harvest

    Apple Mint Harvesting, Choi Sum 'Moulin Rouge' Harvesting, and Lettuce leaf 'Misticanza' Harvesting
    These leaves provided a lovely green base for a lunchtime salad. Every other patch of mint disappeared below ground for the winter, as is usual, but just one small clump persisted in leaf. I do so love some in my salad. Stored peppers from 2013 harvest also added.
    Overcast 7°C / 45°F
  • BloominGranny 13 Jan 2014
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    First winter-sown seeds planted

    Winter Sowing garden
    Sowed seeds in the first milk jug of my winter-sowing garden today: Coneflower ‘White Swan.’ I hope to get 3 or 4 more different jugs done today. I’ll be buying some plastic children’s wading pools in the next few days to hold all the milk jugs. Then I can just add a few...
    Mostly Cloudy 0°C / 32°F

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