Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Blizzard, The Birds, and Trimming

The predicted blizzard has come and gone with giant velocity; hopefully everyone took heed and were prepared to stay inside for a few days. To be classified as a blizzard, there must be snowfall, regardless of how much, accompanied by winds of at least 35 MPH for at least three hours. The welcome rain which began late Sunday lasted until nine thirty Monday morning when it suddenly changed to snow. It was indeed odd to see rain drops and snow falling simultaneously for a few  minutes before the rain changed into large snow flakes. The winds began and could be heard howling, their voices predicting the inevitable power loss. OG & E reported it takes only 1/16th of an inch of ice on lines to cause a power outage so as the wet snow accumulated, many people did indeed lose power. With the loss of electricity, the lovely snow quickly lost any sense of romance.

All day Sunday and early Monday, the birds seemed to instinctually know of the impending storm… they were at the feeder the entire day, stocking up as it were. Many of the birds had begun nesting last week with the warm temperatures so it is important to feed them for the duration of this bad weather so they remain healthy. A mixture which contains cracked corn is excellent since eating corn produces a higher body heat than other feed and will keep our feathered friends warm.

Rajah seemed tired of the wind~

The outdoor Geraniums that are currently being housed until spring were in shock when they first arrived inside so many lost leaves and produced lackluster growth with the change of their environment. For months spindly stems and small blooms have made them appear half their former selves as they wait to go outside again. However if one looks closely, the tiny new leaves that are being called forth appear robust in form and color. It is time to prune so the plants energy lost in futilely attempting to keep the old growth alive may be transferred to the new. Drastically pinch back your plant, removing small yellowing leaves, old unhealthy growth, and bare stems. The Geraniums will appear unsightly but by the time to take them to the garden, they will have totally recovered from being a boring houseplant and will be ready to bloom their hearts out for you.
Sweet new growth~

Stay Warm… Spring is almost here!

And maybe consider a second source of heat if you are totally electric... it can get cold with power outages! This work horse belonged to my Grandmother and will take the chill off!)

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