Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas! Look what I got....

Look what I got for Christmas!

"Good Grips" compost bin
Don't laugh!  I've been asking for a container for the kitchen counter in which to keep my compostable scraps.  My daughter gave me this model, from OXO.  It's very nice, and the best thing, it doesn't use a filter (which just adds more expense and upkeep, and which wouldn't get changed as often as advised).

I transferred the composting material from my current sauce pan with lid, and trotted it out to the compost pile.  Just look at those lovely banana peels and coffee grounds.  I am going to post about them, and other super-healthy-for-your-soil compost material, soon. 

first load
Unfortunately, that little "trot" was through the waterlogged back yard.  It's a beautiful, sunny, Christmas day (after a very cold, icy, and cloudy week), but the yard has its seasonal puddles.

Rain water just can't drain in clay soil.  Yes... there's Boo again!  He loves the camera.  Actually this time he was eating nice green grass.  Edward the Goldendoodle was feeling under the weather, after suffering an epileptic seizure in the middle of the Christmas gift opening festivities.  The excitement was too much for him.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Pretty Winter Weather

It may not be winter, officially, for three days (the first day is December 21), but winter weather hit here a few days ago.  It's not much compared to what many people have for winter, no snow (rarely a bit), but we think it's wintery!

One thing it is, is pretty.  Very pretty.  I went out early in the morning to empty my kitchen compost into the compost pile and had to come back for my camera.  The frost on simple everyday things, like the grass, was beautiful.

Some shots of other frosty garden scenes...

orange mint 

plumcot blossoms biding their time until spring!

last of the year roses

wall flower - they don't seem to know when to stop blooming!

The automatic sprinklers came on at work yesterday in the early morning hours.  This was the result...

We had customers telling us about the beautiful icicles outside, so I had to go take a look.  We don't see icicles all that often around here.

Some plants don't even notice the cold.  The rosemary is blooming away like it was spring.

On the other hand, these were cheerful, colorful flowers just the day before...

gone but not forgotten - the lobelia in the foreground will be gone soon (There's Boo's ball!)

this one will come back next spring

Someone who enjoys the cold (in fact, he's happy in any weather)...