A few warm days in early February and I was enticed to visit the garden center and browse. I came home with 2 'celestial' dogwoods ( large white flowering mix of the Florida and Kousa dogwoods ), an Edgeworthia, American wisteria, prunus mume and a 'Little Gem' magnolia. I still pinch myself to think that I'm planting in February.
Just when I thought that February would continue to bring us days of 60 degrees without end old man winter came roaring in on the Siberian express to remind us that we were not forgotten. We had days of freezing, cold rain that turned to dangerous ice, followed by slushy wet heavy snow. Our total snowfall was at least 7 or 8 inches, almost unheard of here.
The temperatures reached lows of near zero and I covered my camellia with a warm row cover which helped, along with the anti-dessicant spray that I applied before winter set in. It seemed to have helped keep the broadleaf evergreens from freezing. My newly planted magnolia lost a few limbs to the heavy snow . Lesson learned. Next time I will protect it by wrapping it in burlap or creating a snow tent around it.
In my back woodlands I saw a cheerie sight - daffodils in bloom.
A most welcome sign of Spring despite winter's brief visit. During my confinement indoors I enjoyed watching the birds gather at the feeders. Blue birds, my favorites, cardinals, woodpeckers, bluejays, robins, Carolina wren and mourning doves filled their bellies with suet and seeds.