|This guy just bloomed. Note the small bud top center.|
What a great month! Usually December crashes down like the blade of a guillotine, leaving behind frozen hoses and clogged gutters. This December has so far been as gentle as a kiss. A few colder days, but the average temperature for the first half of the month was 10 degrees above normal. Today we are in our worst cold snap so far, but it is supposed to reach 50 degrees again next week.
Our Knock-Out Roses are the only bloomers left, but they are still sputtering along, as you can see, and the Rhododendron are a bright healthy green with large buds that bode well for next spring.
We ate the last of my pantry-ripened tomatoes on Sunday, and picked the last of our cold weather crops before this last freeze. We pulled the spinach at the beginning of the week and our last shopping bag full of Swiss chard yesterday.
|This Swiss chard is now in the fridge awaiting dinner.|