Can you believe it, the first garden catalogs have arrived in the mail. And today a friend dropped by a pecan pie and a 2011 Flower Garden Calendar. Since we are snow covered it is time to review the year and make plans for the new. Years ago Ted built me a window box that faces the garden. Because it is under the roof overhang, it misses any of our limited rain. Ted is planning to make me a new window box with a moveable support. You’ll see it in the following pictures. Marigolds self-sow in the window box along with Scarlet Runner Beans and Morning Glories Last summer after painting the porch, I asked Ted if he would make me a window box that didn’t sit on the porch, but instead in front of it. He made these two “scaffolding” to support my “store bought” window box. I love it! The plan is that Ted will build a window box for the back garden with this support system. Behind our property is a neighbor’s shed. A few days ago we had warm enough temperatures to start melting the ice on this roof. But, then as the ice was sliding down the temperature became cold enough to refreeze it again. An ice awning! Yesterday we had temperatures in the 40’s. We still have patches of snow, but I’m sure this awning has finished melting. Ice on the north side of buildings usually stays for most of the winter. The forecast is for the high tomorrow of 9 degrees. That is cold!