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Bloom Day: February 2012

14 Feb 2012
Cloudy 19°C / 66°F

Photo #1: For Valentine’s Day, DH helped me to haul the remaining four railroad ties around the roadside bed. (Which was super sweet, since he’s not so fond of hauling. I’ll dig tidy placement spots for them one of these days, in between other projects.) Then he cooked a lovely dinner, including a bunch of Toscano kale that I harvested from the garden. Tonight I discovered that cold garlicky kale makes surprisingly tasty leftovers…

Photo #2: Strawberries flowering in February! A definite sign of an unusually warm winter.

Photo #3: The first hyacinth of the year!

Photo #4: (Not-so) Summer Snowflakes

Photo #5: Reproducing moss (spore capsules, atop diploid sporophytes, atop haploid gametophytes). Here’s a great 1-minute video about how mosses reproduce, in case you’re curious. :)


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Love the daffs! Unfortunately, I have two months or more to wait before I can see any in my garden. Thanks for sharing yours.

Posted on 16 Feb 12 (over 7 years ago)

What a wonderful variety of things you have flowering in Winter. Love the moss photo and the very succinct video. thanks for sharing the link.

Posted on 17 Feb 12 (over 7 years ago)

@Orientallilly: I always love daffodils. Such suspense for yours! They must seem even more beautiful after such a long wait. :)
@LillyPilly: This winter has been unusually warm, which has been helpful on the flower diversity front. A nice perk! I’ve heard people around here say that the garden pests and biting insects are going to have a really good year as a result of the warmer winter, but we’ll see… I’m happy to hear that you enjoyed the moss reproduction video!

Posted on 20 Feb 12 (over 7 years ago)

Oh oh, rampant Summer pests sounds ominous. Our Summer has been very odd. It has been, overall rather cool with relatively short bouts of very hot, including the night temps. I expect a cold Winter and have heard the same from a few people. Suits me! As noted, a good hard Winter knocks the pests around more than it does those creatures who can do up buttons ;-).

Posted on 21 Feb 12 (over 7 years ago)

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