Monday, February 15, 2021
Fern Takes a Shower
This picture is actually from a few weeks back -- our buddleia and walnut tree silhouetted against a winter sunset. It's time for us to cut that buddleia back. The garden is due for its February haircut, particularly after our freeze.
Today it's rainy and temperatures are downright balmy, predicted to reach 58º F (14.4º C)! Quite a dramatic change from just a day or two ago. In fact yesterday we moved the tree fern back outside:
Here's the thing about tree ferns -- they make terrible houseplants. Not only are they huge but they need to be kept damp, and indoors, that's a challenge. You have to water the trunk, which inevitably leaves water all over the floor, and as you can see our fern's lower fronds were beginning to yellow, a sure sign that despite our ministrations it wasn't happy. I'm glad to get it back out of the house.
In retrospect, I think we didn't even need to bring it indoors. I've seen other tree ferns around town that are planted in the ground and went uncovered during the freeze -- including Mrs. Kravitz's next door. They must be hardier than I thought. So it's outside to stay, unless we get a really severe blizzard -- and even then we may just cover it.
(Look at our sad Chinese banana in the background -- poor thing! It will bounce back, though.)
Olga and I walked to the cemetery yesterday and saw this curious scene on West End Green. Can you see the yellow police tape blocking off a section of the far sidewalk? Apparently a chunk of masonry fell off that old apartment building and crashed to the sidewalk -- you can see bits of it by the doorway. The mounted officers were there, I believe, to make sure no one walked through the area. When Olga and I passed by again later the officers on horseback had been replaced by a police car with lights twirling. I'm not sure what the ultimate plan is, because they obviously can't have police standing guard there forever.
I came across a woman at the cemetery with a long camera lens, pointing up at the trees. She was taking pictures of goldfinches, like this one, and chaffinches as well. It's uplifting to see colorful birds as the weather warms.
Despite our Heath walk on Saturday and my brief cemetery outing, I'm feeling a bit stir-crazy. Since I'm not walking to work this week, I need to get out and get some exercise and maybe explore some new areas (within the parameters of our lockdown). So that's the plan for today, rainy or not.