January Garden Chores – 3rd week

by Leslie Cox; Monday; January 20, 2020

Well, if you live anywhere in BC…or many regions in other Canadian provinces…you will have had a devil of a time getting any garden chores done this last week because of all the snow and really cold temperatures. Nature of our far north winters!

Eranthis hyemalis emergingSo…you are off the hook on the Cardamine hirsuta weeding chore. And there is not much point in looking for any Eranthis hyemalis (winter aconite) poking up…not under the roughly 60 cm (24 in) accumulation of snow we have had since Jan. 15th here in Black Creek. Cannot even check on the goldfish as they are currently under a substantial ice cover.

This week is looking like it will be a catch up one on those indoor chores which I did not get to yet. I have not sorted through all of my seed inventory yet…checking dates and getting rid of old seed. Some that may be questionable…as in still reasonably viable for germination…I will set aside to do germination tests on.

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Quote of the Week

by Leslie Cox; Sunday; January 19, 2020

Wow, it really snowed last night! Isn’t it wonderful? 
Everything familiar has disappeared! The world looks brand new!
A new year … a fresh, clean start! It’s like having a big white sheet of paper to draw on!
A day full of possibilities! It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy … let’s go exploring!

 ~ Bill Watterson

Sadie chasing a snowball

Looking after our hummingbirds

by Leslie Cox; Saturday; January 18, 2020

Anna's hummingbird - femaleFor the last 4 or 5 years we have had two Anna’s hummingbirds decide they would spend their winters in our Black Creek garden. Unbelievable! Do they know how cold it can get here…in the shadow of our ski hill, Mt. Washington?

In December 2015 we had lows of -6.5 °C. In December 2016 we had lows of -10.5 °C. January 2017 hit -12.5 °C; February reached -9.0 °C. December 2018 had lows of -8.5 °C. February 2019 hit -12.0 and December 2019 low was -9.5 °C. And somewhere in the recent past we also hit a record low of -18.5 °C.

So now our hummingbird feeders come out through the freezing winter months to ensure our little “stay-at-home” hummers have food to see them through these ridiculous minus temperatures.

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