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Monday, January 21, 2013

The January Chill

Elise Broach points out, “There is a difference between giving into something and accepting it.” But how do we apply this to January? It’s the month when snow comes and goes; the ground freezes and thaws and we experience wind that rattles the home. Just think of our poor plant beds wondering if it’s time to wake up, hydrate, start to sprout a bit or play it safe and remain dormant. These serious temperature fluctuations are what often damage the tender tissues of plant material.

Keep your fingers crossed if you have newly planted shrubs less an anti-desiccant spray. Giving your investment an extra protection can often pay off in the spring. Here’s a past archive with a few thoughts on why this is worth doing. It’s like wearing a pair of winter gloves when the temperatures drop. It’s the best layman’s way to explain it.


Yes, it is a glorious but chilly Monday. In case you missed last Thursday’s post, you may want to take a peek about my take on celebrating and honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.

Images of Lavender by Ann Bilowz – the top image of Lavender underneath the snow and today’s image hoping it makes it through this winter season P.S. Unfortunately you can't protect plants like this with an anti-desiccant. You have to wrap them with burlap. And this I did not do. It's called experimenting and hoping this southern exposure location will do the trick.

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