Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Poll Results for January

Thanks for your interest in the January poll. Look for February in the top right column. Cast your vote early and often.

Here are the results

January is too dark......11
Too cold.........................15
Too hot............................0
My favorite month........0
I enjoy snow..................6
I leave seed pods, grasses, etc.................12
I cut everything to the ground................2
I continue my compost.............................11

Participation went up this time from about 10 in December to 57 in January. That's a good sign.

Many folks leave their seed pods, grasses, etc. for winter interest. I notice how few people in my neighborhood do this leaving ugly "chopped off" grasses when they could have beautiful stems and pods blowing in the wind or providing a fabulous sculpture when it snows. Between the evergreens and the grasses, with a bit of planning, the winter garden can bring the garden alive. I even see the birds rustling around the grasses or perched on top. It was also great to see how many people keep their compost going. I remember one time turning my compost in sub freezing weather and finding a whole cluster of worms even though I could have sworn they went underground in the coldest time of winter. The compost pile obviously was still active enough (thanks to those worms) that the heat level maintained an environment to keep the worms a live.

Please take a look at the February poll. Vote for as many as you wish.

3 comments:

Jan (Thanks For 2 Day) said...

I don't recall voting in January, but I just did now. I wonder what will be some of the responses this month:)

Lori at Jarvis House said...

Loved your photos. What is the name of the variety of Camellia that might grow in zone 7? Thanks Lori at Jarvis House

Ellen Kirby said...

Hi Lori, The name of mine (the one in the photo is 'Yuletide'. The article down the page left has more info and mentions'Crimson Candles' as another good choice. At first I didn't care for mine so much, then realized that deadheading helped a lot.