Monday, January 8, 2018

First Week of January 2018

Today is warm compared to the way the first week of the year has been. In that first week of January this year we had 3 days of minus lows.  Now I am saying we live in SOUTH West Indiana. Not supposed to be so cold here. We have been quite spoiled the last few winters with above normal temperatures and I don't mind saying I miss those temps especially when about every other day since mid December of last year I have heard the weather people state the words "record low".
How warm is it now? It is so warm that there is a blanket of fog over our area. It will possibly be here all day due to the ground still being frozen and we got some rain last night.
You can get out in the garden and splash through water if you want to. This is my way to the compost pile. I won't be going that way until the water soaks in. I can get there from another route if need be.
Last night as I went to the compost pile I noticed that the White Lilac has buds on it. I can't tell you how surprised I was at seeing this. Yesterday was warm too but buds already sure make me nervous for the lilac because it will surely get cold again.
Not only is the Lilac reacting to our second day of above freezing temperatures the little blue spruce tree is really coloring up. Maybe they know something I don't know.
As I wandered around in the soggy garden I spied my pile of concrete. It has dwindled to a manageable pile but I want to do something with it. It is more of an eye sore as is.I have thought about a rock garden but I don't have enough sun, unless, I drag all of this around front. Hmmmmm. 
 This will give me something to contemplate until I can get out. 
I hope you all are staying warm and dry. Are you thinking about any plans for your garden?

21 comments:

  1. Love the geese flying over photo and what amazing plants you have ~ We have cold and snow!

    Happy Week to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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    1. Thanks Carol. I hope you have a good week too.

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  2. We saw geese this weekend also. Regarding the Lilacs, don't the buds start to form over the summer?

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    1. Jason, of course you are right about the buds. I just forgot they did that. I guess I was so excited about seeing a bit of green that I hadn't noticed before. I am obviously a danger in the garden.

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  3. I think we set a record for 14 consecutive days below freezing, so yesterday's temps in the 30's felt positively balmy! When you figure out what to do with that leftover concrete, let me know--I have a pile I want to use somewhere, too:)

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    1. Hi Rose, If I had your space and sun I would make a rock garden. If you have a lot you could make raised beds. I have enough to make a small rock garden but not enough for raised beds. It is just enough to drive me crazy. ha...
      Enjoy this balmy weather while it lasts.

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  4. I'm glad your weather is warming a bit. Only 70 more days until spring! Can't wait to see what you eventually do with your concrete.

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    1. Can't wait for the snow Friday then back to the deep freeze. After all it is winter. 70 days sounds like a long time.

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  5. We are warm here for a few days, enough to melt the snow and then back to cold. Though I don't think it is supposed to be quite as bad as it has been. We used concrete from an old sidewalk in our first garden. We piled it up, put soil over it and added a couple of nice rocks and called it a rock garden. It was in the sun next to a blacktop driveway and the plants were fabulous between good drainage and reflected heat. Even the sunniest spot in this garden is barely what folks with fewer trees would call sunny.

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  6. Dear Lisa - it is just good to visit your wet garden...mine still has snow and we are getting more this weekend. I love your word "options". Let me know how that works for you this coming year. Hope you stay warmer for the rest of the winter. Hugs!

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    1. Hi Deb, we are slowly thawing out just in time to go back to the deep freeze this weekend. Nothing like good ole Southern Indiana winter weather.
      I am sure you will see more options as I post them on my blog. Cheers.

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  7. this year weather is extreme whether cold or hot ,i wish you could get some nice low temp and sun your side of land my friend!

    glad that your beautiful plant is still resisting the harsh winter

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  8. Our weather has been very mixed Lisa.
    One day sunny and mild, the next cold and wet.
    Also many days of strong gale force winds.

    Your garden is wet. Hope Annie is getting covered in mud :)

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  9. Hi Lisa, snow and cold way up here in Canada! But that's to be expected at this time of year. :-(.

    Happy to see the Canada geese flying overhead. Does this mean they will be at my place soon? Crossing fingers. But I doubt it. Usually it's March when they return.

    Sounds like a lot of us have the same weather pattern. We've had rain here today and is predicted for tomorrow. Very unusual at this time of year. And extremely cold from Christmas until last week. We are in for more freezing temps over the weekend, but not quite as bad.

    Hope your buds don't freeze and fall off. I don't have much sun in my yard, so have gotten used to planting shade flowers.

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  10. Hi Lisa, snow and cold way up here in Canada! But that's to be expected at this time of year. :-(.

    Happy to see the Canada geese flying overhead. Does this mean they will be at my place soon? Crossing fingers. But I doubt it. Usually it's March when they return.

    Sounds like a lot of us have the same weather pattern. We've had rain here today and is predicted for tomorrow. Very unusual at this time of year. And extremely cold from Christmas until last week. We are in for more freezing temps over the weekend, but not quite as bad.

    Hope your buds don't freeze and fall off. I don't have much sun in my yard, so have gotten used to planting shade flowers.

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  11. Nature is sure confused ~ weather so erratic everywhere ~ Warm today in New England but cold by Sunday ~

    Thanks for visiting and,

    Happy Friday to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  12. Hi, Lisa!
    I have had concrete stones as well and I made a rock garden, but I needed more sand and clay, then I placed compost and soil. Your lilac is so cute, waiting for spring now.
    Happy weekend!

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    1. If I can figure out where to place it I will probably make a rock garden this spring. I would like to see yours for a little inspiration.

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  13. Glad you enjoyed the angels ~ ^_^

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  14. Oh, your Lilac is getting ready. I've noticed my Lilacs nearly breaking bud very early, too, and they always seem to pull through. Good luck! Keep us posted! How cold is it today? We only got up to 10. Brrrr.... On Friday, it was 51. This ping-pong, yo-yo weather is awful!

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  15. Beth, we are having a lot of the same weather. You being further north seems to get the worst of it as it pushes down from the Arctic. I am just hoping for some sunshine right now. Temps here are to hold in the 20s during the day this coming week, with lows even colder. I will be glad when they stop talking about the "feels like".

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