I celebrated the New Year by finishing up my last garden tomato. I pulled all of my green tomatoes before the last frost, put a layer of tomatoes in a box, covered with newspaper and repeated with the next layer and stored in a dark area. As they started to ripened, I would pull them out and place on a window sill until ready to eat.
I’m ready for spring and flowers. It’s only, only three months away I keep telling myself. Last week a local store had two sizes of a lacecap hydrangea with white blooms with light blue highlights called Shooting Star. I purchased a four inch pot just starting to open up and kept it on the table until after Christmas. After that I re-potted it into a 2 gallon garden pot and have it out in the garage with the rest of my overwintering flowers. After last frost, it will go into a shady area either in the ground or a nice pot on the patio. It is supposed to be a good container plant growing 3-5 feet tall and hardy in zones 5-10. If potted it will need winter protection, either wrapping and insulating the pot or bringing it into a garage. Regular watering will still be needed.
My first of my orchids bloomed just in time for Christmas. Several more should be blooming in the next few weeks.