Winter months can be dreary, especially for an outdoor gal like me. But there are several ways to still enjoy the garden during the colder months of the year.
No. 1 Bird Feeding
Our winters in the South are short but we do have some days that are just too miserable to be outside. When that happens, I enjoy my garden by watching the birds through my kitchen window. That’s why these photos are not totally clear: they are taken through the glass and the window screen.
This cutie looks like she’d like to come on inside! She is a Cardinal and she is enjoying sunflower seeds.
Today we also have goldfinch feasting on the sunflower seeds.
I have 3 feeders all with different types of seeds to attract different types of birds. This closest feeder has black oil sunflower seeds. The next feeder has thistle seeds. And the last feeder has safflower seeds.
I also have a suet feeder. And that white stuff that you are seeing is some tortilla pieces that I thought they might eat. They aren’t.
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No. 2 Winter Flowers
On a nice cold sunny day, I like to actually get outside and see how my garden looks in person.
There are actually some flowers that bloom in the winter: like this red camellia.
Camellias can be fall, winter, or very early spring bloomers so you have to check each variety for bloom time.
Another flower that blooms in the winter is the pansy.
They don’t do much right while it is bitter cold, but on the milder days they will show off!
I have some planted out by my mailbox and also in this antique wheelbarrow.
At my first house I had a winter jasmine and I want to get some planted in our current yard. They have sweet yellow blooms.
No. 3 Yard Cleanup
For the real gardener, yard cleanup can be enjoyable. My mature oak trees drop a huge amount of leaves in the fall and it takes me a long while to get them cleaned up.
I compost my leaves and use the compost in my garden the next year. Click to read more about how I compost.
No. 4 Bird Watching
One of my favorite things to do is to relax in the hot tub just before sunset and watch the bird activity.
I had to zoom way in on these photos so the quality is not good.
This nuthatch is pecking away on this wood pole.
This bluebird couple are considering moving into a new home. I suspect the male is the one sitting on the pole and the female is the one with her head in the doorway checking out the floorplan.
No. 5 Grow Cold Crops
If you are brave and energetic, you can still grow vegetables like lettuce, brussel sprouts, and broccoli. Me, I’m more of a warm weather gardener.
No. 6 Plan Spring Garden
I love to sign up for seed and flower catalogs and spend hours drooling over ALL the things! You can read about my some of my favorites in the post Favorite Seed Catalogs.
No. 7 Netflix
Movies are my thing. Especially old black and white ones. I scour the background behind the actors, drooling over the light fixtures, the architecture and even the wall paper.
But I’ve also discovered some great gardening shows on Netflix. If you haven’t already, you should watch Monty Don’s Big Dreams, Small Spaces. Here’s a trailer you can watch to see if you think you’d like it.
As great as these reasons are, I am ready for spring. How about you?