This has been the weirdest season so far up here on the mountain top. The temps have been much warmer than usual, which means parts of the garden are still not dormant. Normally by this time of year we would have had a few snows already and the gardens would be fast asleep by now.
Not this year!
We had an early dusting about 6 weeks ago and nothing since.
Very, very strange.
So this morning when I woke up and looked out my window I got a little excited and headed out with the camera.
There was a little dusting of snow....FINALLY....and the garden cottage was frosted.
The mountains out the other bedroom window looked gorgeous in the morning light. The horses were out in their pasture having breakfast and the scene was rather peaceful.
Out on the deck I could see the sun trying to peek through the clouds and the far summit looks like it got a good bit of snow.
The seating area can't be used this morning but by Sunday we're supposed to be back up over 50 degrees again and sunny.
Maybe we'll get to enjoy another few fires out here this season.
My Christmas decorations are up but I still have Violas blooming that I planted in April.
Granted, to look at the garden from a distance it doesn't look like anything much is happening but when you take a walk around there's lots to see!
The Strawberry plants have produced new leaves. They must think it's spring.
Anyone know what I should do with these pumpkins that are left from our fall decor? I don't think they are pie pumpkins....suggestions would be welcomed! I've never cooked Pumpkin before....help?
More Violas blooming in the urn by the deck stairs. I wonder what are the chances they will make it through until spring?
The garlic I planted before the first hard frost has been growing for the past 6 weeks....I have no idea what will happen to it - this is the first time I've ever had the garlic come up before spring. The whole crop could be a bust - I'm not sure. Anyone ever have this happen to them?
I cut the herbs all down before the first hard frost - remember that crazy harvest? Well they are still growing. Look at this Curly Parsley - it's quite happy!
The Sage is sending out new baby leaves.
As is the Oregano.
Not that I mind one bit having a steady supply of fresh herbs but it's just not normal for us at this point.
More happy Violas. Going strong for 8 months now. Hardy little buggers.
And look at all the new leaves on the climbing roses!
No buds, the frost got to them - but the leaves are gorgeous, aren't they?
It looks like I'll get out there this weekend and get some more garden chores done after all, which is something to look forward to in December.
I wonder what the January garden will bring?
(The October garden seems to be missing - sorry!)