It’s Winter here in our desert city. No snow, but cooler mornings and nights now. This month we got some tiny cherry tomatoes, and one pepper that I noticed one morning when I was planting rosemary. It’s like that song, the twelve days of Christmas. Should do a garden version of that. Four hens a laying, five cherry tomatoes and one little pepper. Welcome to the desert everyone.
We are still new to city gardening, so we don’t have a lot. We do share food from our neighbors gardens, and we barter with each other. What we have a lot of, we will share and trade with others on our street. Right now my husband got a bunch of lime from next door that he will be making into Key lime pies and rolls.
I purchased some new cushions for some of our garden furniture outside. I had some really bad pads on the chairs and finally got around to purchasing some new pillows and pads. The shortages make things interesting. Not a lot of color choices out there. I tried to match the colors in the garden as close as possible. I could have made my own but the foam is so expensive, as well as the material, it was cheaper finding cushions already made. These that I ended up buying were not the best design but they were 50% off and I figure I could make different slip covers to switch things up over the seasons. I will keep my eye out for tablecloths, old blankets or even pretty shower curtains.
Painted the back wall green. Still working on that. I left one wall blue, it is very pretty and colorful.
I repaired another Terra Cotta pot melting away. I still have lots of left over glass. Decided to use it as a stand for the birds water bowl. The wild doves are still coming by twice a day for the feed I leave out for them. I never, in all the years I have been feeding the doves, have gotten pigeons. The neighbors across the street get pigeons but over here it is all doves.
One morning my husband called me over very quietly and whispered.
“Look out the window very slowly, there is an all white dove out there.”
“ He’s back, haven’t seen him in awhile” I said back to my husband.
I have a very beautiful and wild dove that hangs out in the garden sometimes. I don’t know how long doves usually live but this dove has been around for years it seems. At first I started thinking maybe he wasn’t all white and it was just a trick of the light but now that my husband has seen this dove as well, I know this dove really is white. I would usually see him during the summer or Spring when out in the pool.
I never have a camera ready when I see this dove, which is a little larger then most of the other doves. Most of the time the dove is by itself. So happy to see it is still around. I have written about this white dove in my garden post before so some of my regular followers will probably remember this dove as well.
Planted some more herbs and tomatoes. We have things growing inside if it gets too cold outside. We are still learning about growing gardens inside too. What a learning process this is. The whole thing takes time and I can understand people giving up, but if you too are learning about this, please don’t give up.
December is a month where my husband cleans up the grape vines. I always have vines to make wreaths with to decorate the home.
I made two wreaths for Christmas with this years vines. Used fresh Eucalyptus for one wreath and some pine clippings from one of our trees for another wreath, then added a pretty red bow.
Rosemary is a great clipping to add to your wreaths too, or you can make them into tiny wreaths. Rosemary I have heard, helps with memory. Eucalyptus has a pleasant aroma. Some people tie up bundles to hang in their showers to breath in while taking showers. I also dried some apple pieces and made a little apple wreath.
Some of our chicks have officially grown up, they are starting to lay now. It’s always nice having fresh eggs but be warned…chickens are messy and dirty little critters. They will keep you entertained that’s for sure.
Not a lot of new flowers blooms in December, except this aloe. I didn’t notice for days and then I bumped into it when I was cleaning up. Must be really happy because the flower it produced is huge, and it has three blooms on one stalk. What a pretty gift from the garden for December. The hummingbirds will be so happy. We also got some marigolds.
Here are the veggies we got this month. Nothing so good as a fresh veggie picked from a vine. Cherry tomatoes are my favorites right now.
And this month we had a storm blow in, rain here in the city and snow up north. We had to cancel our trip up north to cut a real Christmas tree down in the woods. We still have our permit as I write this post. It’s good until December 24th, so maybe we will have a chance to do it. Not if there is snow up there though, The roads up on the rim can be very dangerous in the Winter.
That’s it for this month. Now I am off to decorate and fill the house with Christmas cheer. Happy gardening everyone.