Midwinter in Southern Ontario

Groundhog day 2022 – Those little weather forecasters are going to be perplexed, with all the sudden changes in the past few days.  Just look at my backyard in Southern Ontario, all covered in snow, after last week’s snow storm (photo below, left).  Compare that to yesterday; the year of the tiger did not begin with a roar, but with a mild, sunny day (photo below, right):

My backyard this 2022, on January 23 (left) and February 1 (right)

Yet today started with a plash of rain, now turning into snow, as seen in the photo, below:

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And we are expecting a not too insignificant accumulation throughout the next couple of days, anything between 10 and 15 cm (4-6 in)!  

This year, in addition to my lemon, rosemary, and ginger plants, which come indoors every fall, I am growing a bay leaf tree, found at a local nursery last summer (photo at the top of this post, and below, left), and a couple of serrano pepper plants leftover from last growing season (photo below, right):

And that is about it for my midwinter gardening, other than relishing in browsing catalogues, drawing my planting plan, and ordering seed for this year’s season:


And of course, this evening, my husband and I will be enjoying some tamales for Candlemas, on this stormy midwinter day in Southern Ontario.  ¡Feliz Día de la Candelaria! Happy Candlemas!


I am joining Cee’s Flower of the Day (FOTD) Challenge for February 2, 2022.

14 thoughts on “Midwinter in Southern Ontario

  1. I lost one of the bay plants this last winter, but the other is doing very well. I also keep my ginger starters inside during the winter. I may not get a lot, but it’s a gardener’s victory to get any. I am going to add turmeric to my crops this year. Planning for spring is a great way to keep winter time blahs at bay!

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    1. Oh, I hope my bay survives. True about the ginger, but there is nothing like unearthing the white and pink prizes at the end of the growing season. Planning for spring, yay! Happy winter gardening!

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  2. I have had a bay leaf tree in my garden for around 20 years now. Irene–those things do not die. Of course, it endures well in the heat we have here in Florida, but also the hard freezes we have–usually only one in January. Good luck with your plant. You will love it!

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    1. Thank you, Lois; oh I hope mine lives that long, too, wow! How big is your tree? I am going to have to keep mine dwarfed by pruning because it has to come indoors in the fall.

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      1. Mine is in the ground and about 5′ tall. Every so often, a branch will turn brown, so I cut it back until where the stem is green. And it puts out runners, too, so it keeps on growing. Good luck!

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