Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Winter Garden and This Year....

This  year I hope you decide to grow something for yourself....maybe some herbs outside the kitchen door or a five gallon bucket with some cherry tomatoes or a tray of salad greens or maybe you will decide to plant a fruit tree in the landscape....Each time I walk in the garden there is a new surprise...a new lesson....a new disappointment...yes disappointment...everything doesn't work...often I try something several times before I am successful with it....all those disappointments make the delight of success many times greater!!! 

Cabbages are one of those things.  I've got growing these babies down pat now!  I think.....or I hope!
This is the ornamental ones from the front garden.  Their bright dots of cheer stand out among all of the dead foliage.  We've had a freeze (very odd) already and the tropicals are dreary shades of grey and brown.  They'll have to stay there and protect the roots until spring when I prune away all the ugliness and the new bright foliage emerges.  Grey and wet, that's the best way to describe our winter.  Thank God for the garden.
Lots of citrus still on the trees.  We pick as we need it.  The fruit keeps much better on the trees.
All of my garlic is up and growing....
The kumquats didn't fare very well in the recent much for the predicted mild winter :-)
....this is an example of delight after many disappointments.  I have never successfully grown Brussels sprouts.  Here is my first semblance of success.  I cannot tell you how delighted I was to see this.
My first try at red cabbages got off to a disappointing start.  They were attacked viciously by something...well attacked hungrily by something is more accurate.  I believe the vicious or hungry attackers were my chickens!
...and here is Delta modeling my very finished first afghan.  It's more of a lap blanket size.  Very time consuming...and heavy...and warm.....
....REALLY!  You ought to grow something this year!


JeanSkirtGirl said...

Dear sister kristi

Delta is soo cute she is so great at taken pic what a sweetie. I love your garden u have come so far love it. Its so beautiful

Love carmencita

The Gingerbread House said...

My goodness, you have been a very busy bee! Everything looks beautiful, I love the color of your ornamental cabbage ( and the edible looks good too:o).
Nothing like a first Afkan to swell one up :o) The doggie is cute too. keep it up...Ginny

McKenna said...

Nice aunt Kristi! I like the Afghan Blanket!! And Delta Doo looks Darling! The Colors are wonderful! and those Veggies look great! So do the fruits!

Texan said...

I too did Brussel Sprouts for the first time this last fall. They are doing pretty well I think.

My green cabbages seem a bit behind in growth. But are doing good otherwise.

My purple ones have been eaten on by something as well, I don't believe its a worm as we have had freezes. I am not sure what it is. Mine I know was not chickens LOL..

MY kale once again did not do worth a darn... I will try again though, I simply adore Kale.

I want a Kumquat tree! We are suppose to be within the zone it will live.

Your citrus looks fabulous! That we cannot plant in the ground here. Thinking of doing a Lemon Tree in a pot though!

wvugrads said...

Ahhhh, I want to grow something, but I'm skeered to try! I don't know even where to start planning. Right now I'm just drooling over all the beautiful pictures of your garden and the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed catalog. *sigh* I might face my fears and jump in this year. :)