The Violet Fern

A Colorful Tale of a Garden in the Making

January Observations: 0 to 60 in 2 Days Flat


On this last eve of January the wind is blow, blow, blowing my house down – a couple of shingles anyway. I notice a few of the neighbor’s have been ripped off, too, and are lying in our driveway. At least it is only shingles for right now. “Can you turn up the music? Boy, this wine tastes good.” The wind is cold, not quite as cold as the stretch of sub-zero days not long ago, but cold and getting colder. Was it just last evening we had the windows open to air the house? Daytime temperatures reached 60°? Mojo’s paws were dipped in mud and painting the kitchen floor and wait, oh yes, the living room rug as well. I was dreaming of gardening. I was chanting order seeds, order seeds, order seeds. This is my observation for January 2013: 0° to 60° in two days flat.

Catch My Drift

Two days ago, drifts of snow with temperatures near 0°

This Morning

This morning soggy ground with temperatures near 60°

I noticed my new hellebore leaves are turning an icky black. They were “evergreen.” Does this mean they are dying? Wait, so are the other hellebore leaves from last year. Maybe they are okay. My baby arborvitae is browning at the bottom. Is it going to die? Wait, my other arborvitae always brown a little at the bottom. On and on it goes with me. How can anything survive this?! The scorching wind burning the barren ground, the speedometer temperatures, the sleet, the damp, the freezing floods, the heavy loads of snow? I realize as much as I really want to be in the southern hemisphere right now, spending a full winter here in north country makes spring seem downright miraculous. I really can’t wait for that miracle to happen.


Author: Kathy Sturr

Cultivating art, growing soul, and creating plant-based food in the beautiful 1000 Islands, New York and Cedar Key, Old Florida.

4 thoughts on “January Observations: 0 to 60 in 2 Days Flat

  1. Similar weather down here too Kathy…as I just finished my Monday post and noted the crazy wild January weather…I am waiting for the miracle as well after another foot of snow on the garden after a thaw and flood. We have had 7 feet so far at my house but it has all melted and returned to the earth except for 1 foot…we also had 3-4 inches of rain this winter. I think we are back to normal here….oh that wind the other day was scary at 50 miles an hour pretty steady…what will Feb bring?

  2. I can’t help thinking “Fasten your seat belt , we’re in for a bumpy ride.”

  3. We had similar weather (just about 10 degrees warmer) here in south central Pennsylvania. It seemed as though we lived through at least three seasons in just a few days. (Intellectually, at least, I knew that 70 degree day wasn’t really spring — just a tease.)

  4. Today down South, we had 7 mm of kind and gentle rain, totally grey and chilly all day. A grace note for us, after the summer heat!

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