Saturday, January 09, 2010

Returning Flowers in January 2010

"It seems to me that there is never a time when some living thing is not pushing up from the ground, and that at the beginning of the year there is a more vital stirring. Canon Ellacombe said, "The garden is never dead; growth is always going on, and growth that can be seen, and seen with delight."
-Elizabeth Lawrence
Gardens in Winter

Since returning to the garden after a wonderful holiday break, things are still stirring in Miss Lawrence's garden. The Prunus mume buds are swelling, the Helleborus are pushing buds, and Narcissus are inching higher above the soil. Pictured above, Arbutus unedo is still in flower and holding its berries from last year. We have had continual freezing temperatures all week, and the pool is frozen. Bird and chipmunk activity is constant. Indoors, we are continuing with our Winter Lecture Series which can be found on our website at Wonderful lectures are being offered about vegetable gardening, owls in the city, botanical water color painting, and many more. The gardens are also still open for our regular hours, also posted on our website. Come see us in winter!

Stay warm until next time,

Katie Mullen
2009 Marco Polo Stufano Fellow

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