It was rather a nice day
I have to admit one positive thing with snow, even if I hate to admit anything positive with snow🙂 It’s so much easier to see the borders of small, dark country roads in the early morning. Yes we do have snow sticks but that doesn’t help much when the headlight from a meeting car blinds me. I really can’t see where the road ends and the field starts sometimes and on mornings like this when we had fog it’s just impossible🙂 This doesn’t mean I want more snow🙂 It means I wish the days were longer so I wouldn’t have to admit anything positive about the snow🙂🙂🙂
I couldn’t fall asleep yesterday evening, well I did after a long time but I also woke up very early, so I’ve been a bit tired all day but I think we all were. But the day has been rather good for being the first after a vacation. A big part of what I paint every week are roof safety things, like ladders and bridges they walk on up there. We thought we wouldn’t have much to do now since it is winter but then the snow melted and now we have so much to do that we’re having problems :-) I’m glad it is a positive problem though🙂
But it looks like this warm period has come to its end, already this week we’ll get temperatures below 0C (32F) but no snow in sight thankfully. But I think that it’s no idea to hope for a snow free winter from now on, it is still only the beginning of January and winter can continue here until late May early April if we’re unlucky. The latest day I’ve experienced snow here was June 6th, the day I graduated from highschool🙂 it only lasted for a couple of minutes but it didn’t feel right anyway🙂
I’ve made my first seed order for the season and like always I chose Gardens North. It’s specialized on plants for more rough climate even though they have seeds for plants living in warmer climate too. No I don’t get paid to talk about this business🙂 I just think there’s no better business to buy seeds from. The climate here in southern Sweden is better than it should be because of the Gulf Stream. The thing that makes it rough for plants is actually our short cool summers. A plant, what ever it might be can take almost any cold temperature if the summer is long and warm.
Summers here are short and cool so the plant doesn’t get enough time to save energy enough for the long dark and cold period we call winter. So even if a plant that can take the cold weather in the prairies of northern USA, southern Canada without any problems, it doesn’t mean it can survive our warmer but oh so much longer winters. Our summers is just too short and cool for that. But I do have two small Osage orange trees (Maclura pomifera) growing in my garden, they just don’t understand that they shouldn’t survive here🙂
There’s a fire burning in the stove and I have a cup of tea beside my computer. My dogs sleep all over the cottage and my cats are out hunting mice. Doris and her daughter is in my garden eating and it looks like my bribe, the reindeer food, keeps them away from most of my plants, well the Ilex will never look the same again I think🙂