SixOnSaturday January 30th – Sundogs and Snow Ribbons

Time again for SixOnSaturday. Self explanatory really. Six garden related things on a Saturday. Visit the host’s blog for more contributions and comments:

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  • Winter has arrived here in New England. We no longer need to obsess over the political situation and have moved on to our usual January pastime – obsessing over the weather. Here are a couple of unusual phenomena. First up, a vertical rainbow and it’s reflection. Known around here as a Sundog.

“Sundogs are colored spots of light that develop due to the refraction of light through ice crystals. They are located approximately 22 degrees either left, right, or both, from the sun, depending on where the ice crystals are present. The colors usually go from red closest to the sun, out to blue on the outside of the sundog. Sundogs are also known as mock suns or parhelia, which means “with the sun”

  • Ice crystals are definitely present…we expect snow and ice every day for the next week. I was lucky to see these exquisite Snow Ribbons before they melted and fell to earth.
  • Today’s high temp is expected to be 19 degrees. The low is 7 F. That is around minus 14C. Indoor gardening is definitely on the agenda. This week I sowed chillies, onions and leeks. I’ve had trouble finding the seed varieties I want this year. Some seed companies have had to close their websites due to the increased demand. So I won’t be growing Ailsa Craig onions, but trying a new one ‘Globo’. It looks exactly like Ailsa Craig…..
  • I germinate my seedlings on top of my big old fashioned cast iron radiators. that’s one good reason to appreciate the cold weather – the pipes are always hot!
  • It is a good time to stay at home and cook. Pickled beets are on the menu. These are Chioggia and Touchstone Gold with a few dark Detroit beets. From last year’s garden, they were starting to sprout a bit in their chilly basement. They will be boiled and pickled in Balsamic vinegar.
  • I will also need to address my garlic. The stored bulbs are starting to sprout. Usually I roast them after removing the bitter sprouts but it does stink up the house. I’m thinking of shoving them in the freezer until I can roast them outside – not sure how garlic freezes but nothing ventured…..

Hope everyone has a wonderful week of gardening. Stay safe and warm!

19 thoughts on “SixOnSaturday January 30th – Sundogs and Snow Ribbons

  1. Snow dog is a fascinating phenomenon. Beets pickled in balsamic vinegar sound incredibly delicious. I am encouraged to see your seed sprouting set up; it’s accessible and it sounds like it works. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Don’t rub it in! We have a giant storm looming for the next few days. Could bring anything from rain to a metre of snow. It’s a bad sign when the weather men won’t agree to agree….

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  2. Wow that is cold! I slow roast garlic in some olive oil, just to cook, in a well sealed dish. When cold, I separate out and freeze on some parchment, then when frozen add to a covered dish. This keeps them seperate, but you can removed them easily. My grand-daughter says she likes my pesto and humus made with the roasted garlic better!

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