Dear Gardener's Journal: The First Ten Days

Sunday, January 1, 2012
Dear Gardener's Journal
High 51F, Low 35F
I heard winter was finally coming so I rushed around and took down all the outdoor Christmas lights, then I potted up some house plants. There was a little Johnny Jump Up Viola blooming by the garage.
Love, Carol

Monday, January 2, 2012
Dear Gardener's Journal
High 31F, Low 20F
Welcome, winter! Oh, look a dusting of snow on the ground in the morning and snow flurries, too. I think that little Johnny Jump Up Viola by the garage is probably done blooming now.
Love, Carol

Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Dear Gardener's Journal,
High 29F, Low 13F
Bitterly cold and windy, but sunny. At least the temperatures have gotten in the swing of winter.  I wore a pair of long-johns. Should I tell you that kind of stuff, Gardener's Journal? It's too cold to check on that little Johnny Jump Up Viola.
Love, Carol

Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Dear Gardener's Journal,
High 43F, Low 29F
Geez, that cold spell didn't last long, but at least it was partly cloudy. I'm getting ready to settle in for some real winter now.  Good bye Johnny Jump Up blooming by the garage.
Love, Carol

Thursday, January 5, 2012
Dear Gardener's Journal,
High 51F, Low 25F
What a pretty, sunny day. If I hadn't been at work I might have been tempted to do some garden clean up this afternoon. There are some weeds in the vegetable garden that probably loved this weather. But really, we need some winter.
Love, Carol

Friday, January 6, 2012
Dear Gardener's Journal
High 58F, Low 37F
Another pretty, sunny day. Where did winter go? Come on now, don't mess with me. I'm ready for winter.
Love, Carol

Saturday, January 7, 2012
Dear Gardener's Journal
High 48F, Low 34F
Okay, the temps are moving in the right direction now, though it was so sunny out there. I suppose if I hadn't been conditioned to stay inside by decades of cold January weather, I might have gone out to work in the garden today. That Johnny Jump Up is blooming again. I've enclosed a picture.
Love, Carol
Johnny Jump Up Viola blooming in January

Sunday, January 8, 2012
Dear Gardener's Journal
High 45F, Low 29F
Another sunny day. Really? Is this March? Stop messing with me, I want some real winter. If we don't get it now, we'll get it eventually. Right? I'd rather pay now than in March. Oh, by the way, I saw a yellow-flowering Crown of Thorns (Euphorbia milii) at the store, but I didn't buy it.
Love, Carol

Monday, January 9, 2012
High 50F, Low 29F
Sunny and nice, again. I'm starting to get a little freaked out by the lack of winter. Then I feel guilty that I'm not taking advantage of these nice days to do some weeding, or something, outside in the garden. I didn't sleep well last night. I swear it was NOT because I didn't buy the yellow-flowering Crown of Thorns. It's because I miss winter.
Love, Carol

Tuesday, January 10, 2012
High 52F, Low 30F
Sunny and nice again. This weather is really messing with me. The Johnny Jump Up is still blooming. Will we ever get winter? I would like some winter. I'm used to winter. I need winter! Winter, where art thou?
Love, Carol
P.S. I stopped at the store on the way home. They had a yellow-flowering Crown of Thorns. I bought it this time.
Euphorbia milii


Mother Nature is toying with many of us.
Gail said…
We're hoping to get a reprieve from Mother Nature and actually have a few days of winter! gail
Rohrerbot said…
It has been a mild winter for many. Hopefully, everyone will get some cold temps....just not here in Tucson, please:)
Oh, yea!!!! So glad you got the yellow crown of thorns. Now WE can all sleep :-) Garden crisis averted! Way to go!!
It certainly as been a crazy winter so far - here in Ontario we really haven't seen much snow at all - my muscari are peeking through the ground. But I saw there is snow in our forecast for later in the week. I knew it was too good to last.
Jill-O said…
I feel the same way. Everybody I talk to seems happy about the unseasonably warm weather but I miss the snow. There is a reason I live in Southwest Michigan and part of it is the lovely snowy winters.
Commonweeder said…
I'd rather pay now than in March, too. I'm getting really worried. Gray and 35 degrees today.
Helen Malandrakis said…
I would like the temperature to never go below 30 degrees, because I hate winter. Iwould love to live in a warmer climate.
Cindy, MCOK said…
I suppose I should go look for the frost cloths since I hear tell an Arctic front is barreling towards many of us.
Arctic front, big whoop. We might get another dusting of snow and lows in the mid 20's for a couple days before back to the 50's again for highs. If that's enough to keep things sleeping fine. Otherwise this could mean trouble. May might be messed up.

I have been quite busy however in the garden getting all kinds of chores done.
I've been thinking the same thing, it's been looking and feeling like March. Thank goodness it's finally snowing. I'm so glad you managed to find that Euphorbia.
Love it!

That is much the way our weather has been... but 5 degrees colder on average. Maybe snow this weekend though... I will not hold my breath.
I admire the commitment it takes to post in a garden journal each day. I would like to think I could do that too, adopting yours as a good idea, but know I wouldn't keep up with it.
I am loving your beautiful floral photos. Your journal entries are so much better than mine.~~Dee
Anonymous said…
Thanks over the extent of your info. It helped me alot in my college assignment.