The winter this year was so mild that spinach which I planted and took a first harvest from late fall grew back and survived the whole winter. It is nice and leafy and made a delicious second harvest this year. I was impressed at this variety’s hardiness because even this mild winter had plenty of freezing weather. The variety was Bloomsdale’s Long Standing, if I remember correctly.
Now I have to wait a while and hope for my seeds to sprout so I can try some radishes.
This picture was taken during the heart of the most recent 2019/2020 winter in the same place as the Moss Post I made a while back. It’s so cool how everyone in this area leaves the moss formation alone and lets it grow in this way. I love looking at it; the moss looks like tiny islands in the sand, or like grassy hills.
It was much sunnier when I took the more recent pictures!
Last Year (overcast weather):
More of the Elephant Grass. It makes a nice photograph, but I definitely wouldn’t recommend planting it! This is more of an enjoy-what-you-have type of gardening photograph. By the way, the tree in the back is a weeping willow.
This is the seedhead of a very hardy grass that we call elephant grass here. It’s a bit of a pest, in my opinion, because the leaves are sharp (no good for weaving- you’ll cut up your hands) and the roots are so strong it’s impossible to pull up. You’ll only hurt yourself if you try. Perhaps it’s named elephant grass because you’d need the strength of an elephant to move it? It grows about 5 feet tall and provides good privacy and can withstand freezing temperatures, drought, and seasonal flooding and doesn’t take much effort to maintain, but I still don’t like finding seedlings of it in my garden. Even when the plant is small, it is incredibly difficult to pull up. A single plant with just a few blades of the sharp grass takes all my strength to remove.
In the winter, when everything else has died back, it’s rather pretty to look at. I took this photo earlier this month, and since then, a neighbor’s cat has moved into the grass and made it her home, so I don’t disturb that area right now.
Mostly we see large flocks of invasive starlings in winter. Sometimes, though, an occasional hawk or group of vultures passes through. Such was the case during my nature walk early in January. The sky was so blue and cloudless.
Another image from the recent dreary weather. This was taken during what is normally one of the brightest times of the day.
The weather was warmer when I took this, but holly is an evergreen, and thus related to the coming winter season.