I received my newest issue of Garden Design today. The gardens are way out of my league but I get free ideas from them. Ted Danson and his wife Mary Steenburgen have just a little bit more money in the bank than I do, but it is great to see their garden. They matched the color scheme of flowers with their purple mountains in the background.
The article that I really enjoyed was the one about spring wildflowers. I have seen some of these on our farm in southern Iowa when I was a kid, but I only have two of the wild ones growing in my yard. The Columbine and the Virginia Bluebells. I have bluebells everywhere and I really like them. My neighbor has a yard full of them as they have destroyed the previous gardens in an area but the bluebells come up in droves in the grass.
I have flag iris but it is not a wild variety or at least I did plant it myself. They didn't bloom last year and I really don't know why. I will be anxious to see that happening. You people in the Carolina, Georgia and Washington-Oregon areas will be seeing these plants coming up soon, but we won't see them until March or later.
My wife and I went out to shop for a little while today and within an hour, the temperatures dropped 15 degrees. The windchill was 4 degrees blowing from the north at 25 mph. We really regretted that we left the house. It is suppose to be arctic cold again tomorrow so we won't leave the house. I can't express to you at how discouraged I am becoming with this cold and snow. We beat our totals for snow and it looks like we are going for more.
I bought a plant light today to encourage my violets and orchid. Oh yes, I bought a calico fantail goldfish and brown and gold shubunkin. I am going to set them up in one of my son's old smaller tanks and dream of the tropics. Thanks for reading.