February, Month in Tens Calendar

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.

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I love to photograph, paint, draw, design, garden, travel the world, and pass on a few tips and ideas that I learned through experience as a Master Gardener and architect. I am highly trained in my field and enjoy my work each and every day. I garden in Niagara Falls, NY in zone 6-B. Find me at: http://gardenwalkgardentalk.com
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12 Responses to February, Month in Tens Calendar

  1. b-a-g says:

    Don’t we always think the weather is doing something strange though?
    In the news today : “The south east of England is now officially in a state of drought”. Apparently 12inches of snow = 1 inch of rain.

  2. I really love these posts. No snow here and in the high 40s to low 50s all week. Everything is in full bloom.

  3. it has been an inconstant winter here too Donna with so little snow the water companies are predicting a drought. Enjoyed the daily updates here, observations and contrasts. Brilliant idea re the calendar too
    p.s. the woodpecker made me smile with such attitude

  4. debsgarden says:

    Beautiful calendar! The birds certainly love your evergreens. You have done a great job in creating an environment both humans and wildlife appreciate.

  5. HolleyGarden says:

    Isn’t it funny that winter seems to finally be coming? And spring is fighting hard to take over! I laughed at your comment to the woodpecker that your place wasn’t a restaurant. They really do seem to expect their free meals!

  6. Love the trees and shrubs you have for wildlife…that woodpecker is adorable….we are having the same weather….sigh….oh well it is Feb. Can’t wait to see your white flowers…maybe a few I can add to my white garden…also I will be late with my W4W entry…I will join late on the 27th…

  7. Kala says:

    Love the image of the woodpecker feeding.

  8. Barbie says:

    Oh, I love your trees – especially the snow-decked ones. It is a cool respite from the African heat! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Debbie says:

    What a lovely tour around your garden. It’s hard to believe February is almost over, it looks ike it’s been an interesting month for you with a little bit of everything weather-wise.

  10. Marguerite says:

    I definitely agree this has been an odd year for weather. The ups and downs from day to day and week to week just cannot be good for the plants in the garden.

  11. andrea says:

    I love all those cold shots (as in cold cuts), but the snowy blurry one i love most. I wonder if there is a country in the world, which is still getting the same weather, as you said mother nature is making all of us crazy. Our country received unusual phenomena just last year, extreme rains, typhoons, floods, landslides, and was reported No. 1 by the UN as the country receiving the most calamities. That is not yet including our recent earthquake which left thousands homeless, foodless, depression and 2-3 men committing suicide for extreme trauma. A lot of them still living now in tents in designated spaces but still having lots of consequential problems. The world is taking toll on us, and i don’t know what is next! Whew!

  12. Brian Comeau says:

    I love the Cardinal Shot!!!

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