January Happenings

We finally got snow in 2019.  It seems more like winter now!


Today we trimmed the chinquapin oak tree on the left.  Each year we have cut off a few lower branches and this may be the last year to do that.  We will see.  We like to keep some privacy, but don’t want to deal with the mosquitoes in the shade when changing the birdbath water or mowing the lawn under the low branches.


Shadows on the snow


Female northern cardinal on a snowy day.


While I was putting together this post I saw this picture and remembered that we were going to prune back the left side of this American plum tree that is crowding into our yew bushes.  So we just went out and cut that off now.  We keep fighting for sunlight.


On the last warm day, before the cold and snow, Dan turned the compost pile and mixed up all the very wet stuff, very dry stuff and kitchen scraps, so that it will keep decomposing as soon as we get a little more warmth.


We smeared some peanut butter on a knot on the crabapple tree and the squirrel is working on it.


This morning we watched hundreds of Canadian geese on the open waters on Lake Katherine.  We watched one group after another taking off and flying to the east.


Several groups were landing on the grass nearby for their morning munch.


A week ago Dan surprised me with a bouquet of roses and chrysanthemums.  We rarely buy flowers at the store these days, but it was a nice treat for January!


Also, this is the time of year when vendors from work send holiday gifts.  We got one box of chocolates around Thanksgiving and two this week.  I had to take a picture of the beautiful way it was wrapped.


I sure love chocolate!

4 thoughts on “January Happenings

  1. It’s not that long ago that I looked at one of your posts and was amazed by how big all your saplings have become. I guess it’s true that all old gardens become shade gardens… unless you keep up with that pruning!
    The chocolate looks delicious.

    1. The oak has grown very quickly and we love it, though there is more shade each year. The plum is aggressive and can quickly become a thicket. It produces lots of suckers, so I am not worried about cutting it back as much as needed.

  2. Yes, I do love those vendor gift baskets. Plus you can give away the stuff you don’t like, thus earning an undeserved reputation for being generous. Wish I had an oak of any kind – such a great host tree for all kinds of critters. We got the city to put a swamp white oak in our parkway but it died.

    1. So sorry hear about your swamp white oak! That is such a beautiful tree and one we considered. We plant our trees fairly small, and most have done well, though our bitternut hickory had a pretty slow start and now is growing at a better pace.

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