Bark · Color · Branching · Form and Structure, what makes the trees visually interesting.
Now for the weather…
- 11 February 2012 15° Snow and Bright Cloudy Sky 9 am
- 12 February 2012 20° Snow and Dreary 8 am
Can you believe those arbs were all planted at the same time and at the same size (16 inches tall). Sun and water are not their problem. Sparrows are a big problem, as they fly in and out constantly. In my previous post for GBBD, I noted how important conifers are to wildlife. The birds have almost defoliated the Spartan Juniper like they do every year. You can just see it on 15 February, but not high enough or much of a view to see the damage. The birds made caverns into the 18 foot tree. Last year the grackles nested in the tree and made bigger openings than those started by the songbirds.
- 13 February 2012 23° Sun 8 am
The trees in the front yard are a 10 foot Concolor Fir which I just trimmed (best to do when the weather slows them down, usually, late fall), two 14 foot Japanese Lilacs, and a Pee Gee Hydrangea, also recently trimmed.
- 14 February 2012 23° Sun and Pretty Snow 8 am
- 15 February 2012 28° Clouds 1 pm
- 16 February 2012 30° Clouds 9 am
The back yard has the Red Spire Pear; the small Crab Apple; two, 8 foot Alberta Spruce (never been sheared or trimmed); four, 7 to 10 foot arbs, trimmed every four years; an 18 foot Spartan Juniper, trimmed every few years; a 12 foot French lilac; a 9 foot common lilac, trimmed every year; a 9 foot viburnum, trimmed every three years. A few large trees and shrubs for the critters in a very small space.
- 17 February 2012 34° Clouds 11 am
Hey little woodpecker, the snow melted, get out and forage. No giving me that disapproving look. This is not a restaurant you know.
- 18 February 2012 38° Sun and Blue Sky 10 am
And you Mr. Crow, having a bad day being chased by sparrows? No baby robins yet to snatch.
- 19 February 2012 28° Partly Sunny and Clouds 10 am
- 20 February 2012 35° Sun with Bright Blue Sky 10 am
These two huge (around 60 feet tall) spruce are behind my house, in a neighbor’s yard. The birds love these trees.
I have to admit, this seesaw weather has got me dizzy. Spin around to the next day and the season changes. I think mother nature is playing a sneaky joke on us this year. Yes, it was a little more typical this round of tens, but hey, the snow had to come and stick around a bit sometime. The critters are confused, the plants are confused and the gardeners are confused, even the sky is confused. Blue skies in February, yipes that is cool. I like snow and when it comes with a bonnet of blue skies, look out, camera time. But, no fear, the temperatures will be near fifty and raining by midweek, then we start the roller coaster ride again, finishing off the week with snow.
Month in Tens Images will be posted on the 25th due to W4W and the word, TIME, being on the 22nd. Month in Tens looks at white garden flowers with a flower quote of the day.