This has been a week of changing weather. From snow and school cancellations to warm and setting up the little plastic green house, its been all seasons of fun over the space of 7 days. We drove down to Sacramento today to 70 degree weather and blooming fruit trees, and drove back to a 49 degree Grass Valley welcome, that warned “Do not even think about putting summer veggies in the greenhouse”. Its true that the folks in the valley have 2-4 months more of summer than we do. Its also true that our winters, while cold, are sunnier than those of Sacramento and Davis. Sitting prettily above the clouds during the cold months does have its advantages. Photos today? Some of everything.
- Grass Valley in the woods stairs – not Spring Hill cottage
Berries in the Mist on the Mountain
Spring Hill Cottage Liquid Amber Tree Against Blue Sky
View on other side of Fence from Spring Hill Cottage Grass Valley Area
Spring Hill Cottage Fenced Yard in Snow
Snow Sled at Spring Hill Cottage
Spring Hill Cottage and Gardens got SNOW this week! This is a big storm that is winding its way across the country leaving a blanket of snow on mountains, deserts, lakes, rivers and forests. Here it was big enough to make it look pretty, and little enough to not have to shovel. In Grass Valley it normally melts off in a few days, so we’ve learned its ok to leave alone. I took some pictures of the new gardens and orchard with their very first snow dusting. Cottage Garden in first snow photos are kind of like a baby’s first steps I think. The parents think its wonderful and the rest of the world in just kind of indulgent. So thank you for indulging me…
Snowy Rose Bush at Spring Hill Cottage
- Welcome to Spring Hill Cottage in the Snow!
sled in front yard at the cottage
Our new mini orchard in snow
Spring Hill Cottage Pool in winter
Stone wall, fence and pool in snow
Wooden Board Fence Corner with pines in Snow
Snowy Garden Shed at Far Corner of the Garden
Spring Hill Cottage Garden Wheelbarrow in Snow BRRRRR!! Spring is coming soon!!
Here in Grass Valley sometimes we have the opportunity to rush the gardening season a little bit. Yes! Spring Hill Cottage Gardening in February!! We had lovely 65 Degree weather today, although that is unusual for this time of year. So we did some gardening before the Super-bowl…Let’s show you what’s going on. One disclaimer here- all of these have additional winter protection since, in spite of the ground’s claim – I think we’ll still have some cold weather.
- Strawberries growing on wood chips
Can’t wait for these tiny yellow roses that are surely coming soon!
These roses were tiny yellow tea roses that were a gift in the winter – They come live, but never seem to make it to spring ….until last year when I put them in our cool sunporch where they got the light ( and water) they needed until the warmth came.
Herb Garden Marjoram in the early spring
Fun trivia on this herb – its very closely related to Oregano, I find it less bitter. Its very easy to propagate – just take a little piece that already has roots and place it nicely in potting soil and keep it moist..It seems tolerant of soil with lots of oak leaves and pine needles as you can see here. This will easily grow 10X its size this summer!
Back to the Superbowl…I loved the Clydesdale Horse ad– Did you know that Nevada County fair Grounds has a Draft Horse Classic Event every fall? Follow the link I just provided. It will also give you the annual schedule of events at the Nevada County Fairgrounds, which include things like the county fair, dog shows, craft shows, and llama shows.
If you’d like to rent a vacation rental with gardens and a pool – Do think if us at Spring Hill Cottage and Gardens, the cottage is a 3 bedroom, 2 and a half bath that sleeps 7-10, is fully appointed and has a gas fireplace for additional coziness. When you rent it, you get to see what we have growing.. and eat it too- in season of course. Hope to see you soon.