first post in quite a while

Well, it is winter after all and time to NOT garden. I am reading, and not only flower/seed catalogs or pretty illustrated garden coffee-table books. The latest book that has caught my attention is titled “Rambunctious Garden: Saving Nature in a Post-Wild World”.  I’ve only just started it so more on that later.

I thought I’d take a garden tour this morning with camera in hand. Breezy but warm (35 or so). The pictures illustrate why I haven’t been posting much! 

Here is the back yard, gloriously unkempt to maximize habitat for bugs overwintering and shelter and seeds for birds. I also don’t generally weed out dock plants, since I read somewhere that their seeds are a rich food source. This one below seems half eaten by some bird–this makes me happy. 

We have put up bird feeders for the first time ever. Here is the feeding station. It’s great fun watching the birds from the kitchen window. Here is the list so far: downy and hairy woodpeckers, chickadees, nuthatch, blue jay, mourning dove, LOTS of goldfinches, juncos, cardinal, cedar waxwing, tree sparrows. We have a finch feeder with Nijer seed, another with sunflower seed, and a cute yellow sunflower-shaped suet holder. 

Here is the front yard, as jumbled as the back yard:

I’ve ordered seeds already from Fedco. I will post the list next time, don’t have it right handy. It has the usual suspects: sunflowers, nasturtium, zinnia, and a few new ones. So until seeds arrive to start the gardening season, I mostly ignore the yard. But there are winter charms out there, like this lichen “art”. 

And surprisingly, even with our subzero weather, some moss and tiarella (foamflower) seems still green. Amazing.

Also, the lack of leafy green lets the “bones” of the garden stand out more, like these front yard walls.