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Sunday, January 1, 2017

The New Year Begins With a Pop

We woke this morning, the first day of 2017, to crunchy snow on the ground, and still cold temperatures. We had no plans to go anywhere today, so of course the very first thing I did was get dressed and grab the camera to go out and take photos. We are about to get a string of days with some very cold temps. When I went to bed last night, the coldest they were predicting was 14 degrees Fahrenheit, but now they seem to have raised that to 17. At any rate, this snow might stick around for a while. We'll see.

The front garden in a thin, snowy blanket

Anamanthele lessioniana

Panicum virgatum

Joe Pye Weed

Trachycarpus fortunei


Bare Redbud branches limned with snow

After taking pictures of the front garden I popped into the greenhouse for a quick little warm-up and to check on things. I sowed seeds last week and lo and behold! The Calendula has popped!

This is Calendula 'Indian Prince' from Chiltern Seeds, a change from the usual 'Solar Flashback,' which are still self-sowing all around the place. If you follow the link to the Chiltern website, you'll see 'Indian Prince' is a bright orange flower with a red reverse on the petals. I couldn't resist that. And there is one sprout so far of Tithonia 'Goldfinger,' a short orange Tithonia, also from Chiltern.

If you follow my blog or are friends with me on Facebook, you probably know how much I dislike snow. Strangely, I actually felt excited when I saw it this morning. Of course it helped knowing I had nowhere to go.

I sowed seeds last week, realizing they would give me something to look forward to in the new year, but I didn't think they would sprout so quickly, and on New Year's Day at that.

I'm going to consider it an auspicious beginning.


  1. The snow was so beautiful this morning that I hurried out of bed and out into my garden too. It was like a fresh, clean beginning to the new year.
    And you even had new sprouts!

  2. The sprouts are indeed an auspicious beginning! The snow gives your whole garden a different look. Hopefully, it hangs around awhile looking pretty and causes no harm. Best wishes, Alison!

  3. For once you've got winter weather that we don't. It's just cold here this morning. I like your seeing the seeds sprouting as a good sign for the New Year. I'm going with it!

  4. Awww, it's definitely a pain in the butt when it interferes with life, but it's so dang pretty from the comfort of a warm house.

  5. I started some seeds today, too, and updated my So Seedy 2017 page on my blog. But I do love snow and am hoping for loads of it this year so I end up with an obscene number of snow days. My garden in winter is a boring brown mess so snow always makes it look better. Looking forward to meeting you!!

  6. Hooray for seeds sprouting on New Year's Day! We didn't get as much snow down here and it was quickly gone but it sure is cold and windy now. Yikes!

  7. Good on you for starting seeds. That's the most intelligent thing I've heard all year.

  8. Very nice photos, especially that third one! Funny, you got hit with snow just as ours is melting.


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