Most people would say that there is not much going on in the garden during the winter months. I beg to differ. There are dozens of plants out there doing something interesting. Some are just showing their pretty bark or their sculptural quality bare of leaves. Others are just beginning to emerge and will be blooming soon, and others just have some crazy quality that allows their foliage to look as fresh and clean as a spring garden despite the fact it is covered by 4 inches of snow and has endured days of freezing temperatures.
Lords and ladies
This Another Place in Time photo features, from left: Tommy Stone, Paul Shoemaker, Garry Beach, Pete Bunger, Gerald Cruey, Bobby Bosse, Jerry Hasman, Freddie Morgan, Billy Bosse and Jack Simpson in Dry Ridge in 1954.
Thanks to Garry Beach of Dry Ridge for providing the photo and Richard Stephenson of Lexington, Justine Taylor of Williamstown, Sue Livingood of Crittenden and Donna Hassman of Dry Ridge for calling in correct guesses.
Have you noticed a sticky substance on the floor beneath your ficus or philodendron? Are there little scabs on the under side of the leaves of your orchid? Maybe you have noticed that your plants just look a little lack luster. Well, we can blame some plant puniness on being a tropical houseplant indoors in Kentuckiana during the winter.
Low light, humidity
This Another Place In Time photo features Ruth Whaley Simpson at home on Falmouth-Williamstown Road on an unknown date. Simpson was a cafeteria worker at Grant County High School during the late 1980s and early 90s.
Thanks to her daughter, Rekenna Simpson Rogers, for submitting the photo and Steve Jenkins of Williamstown for calling in a correct guess.
As I write, I am comforted by the snow that has accumulated on the boughs of my Nordmann fir and Serbian spruce. It is beautiful, yes, but more important the snow serves as an insulator against desiccating winds and frigid temperatures. We must not forget that evergreens, particularly broadleaf evergreens like rhododendrons and American hollies, lose a great deal of moisture through their leaves in the winter.