A Frozen Winter

We are in the middle of an extra cold winter here in the greater Portland, Oregon area! After all the snowy days in November and December, we now have lots of freezing rain to contend with. Ice and more ice! I’m happy to report, however, that the temperatures are slowly warming up and the ice is slowly melting. What a winter!

From December to March

From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens:
the garden outdoors,
the garden of pots and bowls in the house,
and the garden of the mind’s eye.
~ Katherine S. White

It has been a number of months since I wrote anything on this blog. I tend to cocoon in the wintertime, wrapped in my books and my knitting. Garden blogging is set aside while I winter over.

The quote above, however, describes perfectly my own December to March with my “three gardens.” There was so much rain this winter that we set new records. The outdoor garden was an absolute swamp! Indoors, some of my window garden plants gave up the ghost while others flourished. Not sure why. And the garden of my mind’s eye was inspired by the gardening books I read this winter and by the two online gardening courses I enjoyed on those rainy days.

But now I am happy to get back outdoors to start our spring gardening. Husband is focusing on the important structural aspects of our vegetable garden … putting in the pathways and preparing to install an irrigation system. Daughter has started some seeds indoors and we are happy to see them sprouting. Son and Grandboy are deciding on some seeds for their garden box. And I am cleaning off the front porch, getting ready to plant the porch pots soon, preparing the raised beds in the vegetable garden, getting ready to plant the veggies and herbs. Last weekend, Hubby and I bought 5 new barrels and planted some blueberry bushes in them.

So Spring is here and it is simply delightful to be able to get outdoors again and putter around in the sunshine after a long, wet winter!

Back to the Garden

Spring is coming!

I took this photo yesterday at Jackson Bottom Wetlands. Spring IS coming!

If winter comes, can spring be far behind?
~Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)

It’s been a long time since my last post! The holiday season hogged my Focus, and the dark days of winter have been spent in a cocoon of reading, knitting, and spending time with the family. Not a bad way to pass time on these short winter days! But the new year is here, the days are slowly getting longer, and I’m back to my garden dreams and starting the planning process for Spring. It’s time to get back to the garden!

Winter here in the west of Portland, Oregon, area has been unusually wet this year. We are definitely feeling the effect of El Niño! There’s been a lot of flooding with many roads closed due to high water. We’ve had flooding in our yard, too, so we will be glad when the heavy, heavy rains end and we just have normal moisture levels for the Pacific Northwest! In the meantime, here are some winter photos of our yard and at Jackson Bottom Wetlands in neighboring Hillsboro.

Flooded walkway

Flooded walkway

Flooded hedge

Flooded hedge

Jackson Bottom Wetlands

Jackson Bottom Wetlands – Spring photo on top, flooded on bottom

Blind and flooded blind

Blind and flooded blind from a distance