Return To Blogging!

I’ve been away from garden blogging for two months and have just begun to miss it. These are the slower, gentler gardening months, so there hasn’t been too much to report, plant-wise. In December, Hubby installed lots of beautiful lights to celebrate Christmas, and Coppertop was definitely ablaze. I had two favorite areas: The new greenhouse looked amazing all lit up (sorry, no good photos) and my sister, Meg, assembled over a dozen tomato-cage trees which cheerfully dotted the deck and landscape.

Another item checked off the chore list was the division of dozens of dahlia tubers. The below photo shows about half of them. All are now stored in boxes of wood shavings until the weather warms. Although I lost a large number to rot and voles in the upper areas, plenty made it through. To those I’ve added some new orders. January is ordering month after all!

My biggest Christmas wish was for some upgrades to our garden shed. The 15 x 20′ structure needed insulation, floor mats, and efficient but affordable heating to make it more comfortable for both me and the seedlings. Hubby has been fulfilling my dreams, working hard on weekends and snow days to make the shed a welcoming oasis.

And speaking of snow days, we just had a whole week of them! School was closed Monday-Friday for 12-24 inches of the white stuff followed by freezing temps in our town. This time, our mountain area was not the hardest hit. We’re thankful the storm came right after we delivered visiting family to the airport. Coppertop was cleared without a hitch, aided by Hubby and a new beast of a snowblower. We’re now in the midst of the melting, dripping stage.

So, the daylight hours have been short, the online orders have been long, the winter winds have been weak, and the love has been strong. So strong that two wonderful people — our daughter and her sweetie — got engaged during their PNW visit a week ago. Coppertop will be the site of their garden wedding on August 15. Woop!!

More soon from me about maple tree tapping and the exciting plant orders.