This year our list of loose ends began with perennial geranium divisions meant for the newly-cleared shady bed. They came from Janet’s sister’s garden. Free perennials - woo hoo! - enough to populate 30 square feet. They will be a welcome change from the obnoxious ostrich ferns we evicted.
However, those bare root pieces arrived here on the same day the soil surface turned ice-crusty. Being geraniums, they’re tough creatures and will probably be fine all winter in their paper bag in the unheated garage, yet we’d rather they be in the ground able to grow at the first thaw. So we’re watching for a warm day, a chance yet to pop them in.
Very soon, the geraniums weren’t at the top of the list any more. The pump trumped them.
We didn’t get the pump pulled out of the pond. Knew we should’ve done it on one of those warm days in late November! The pond is not deep enough to insure safe passage for the pump through winter. If the pond freezes to its bottom, the pump may well crack, releasing oil into the water. Then we’ll need a new pump and a complete water change.
What about the blue branch? We can't rate it above the pump if dollars are the determiner - it doesn’t represent as much money as the pump. Rather, it’s priceless, an accidental find not likely to be repeated that’s become a major feature in our garden. As the landscape became more bare and the branch stood out we realized it needs attention. The birds that use it as their waypoint to the feeders have worn the paint, opening the wood to more rapid decay. Shouldn’t we use a warm day, if it comes, to repaint the branch?
If it wasn’t for winter we’d chase the never ending list every day of the year!
How do our southern friends cope?!