In western South Dakota, December and January are the dark months. The photo at left looking out my front window at 6:20 on a fairly clear morning! The sun rises about 7 am and is setting by 4:30. I am thankful for the Christmas lights in December because they dispel some of that dark feeling. January brings the new year and new things, which helps too, but it’s just dark! Weirdly, the evening lengthens first, yesterday we had light until 5:15.
When I spent my time in Norway, it was darker…sunrise around 10:00 and sunset around 2:30, but the houses in Norway seemed to compensate with a brightness that we don’t seem to have in our house designs here, at least in the 50+ year old house we live in. Sewing is a great way to pass the dark hours, but that’s not what this post is about….:)
The real question we have been pondering this winter, is what to do for the lemon trees? They are tropical, and while we can certainly keep them warm, the sunlight situation has been troublesome, especially with the snowstorms and cloudy days that really added up in December. My DH is always moving the lemon trees to the sunlight, and on cloudy weeks he has put them under a regular light to at least add warmth to the meager sun that comes through our picture windows. Our goal at this point….that they survive the winter, and I am now guardedly optimistic that they will. Assuming we keep them going, next year they will get a grow light to help them. We just weren’t ready to invest in the size we think we’ll really need if they died off within the first year!
We have added a new member to the tropical family this past month. We now have two grapefruit babies sprouted!! The mandarin orange is still in hibernation, with no sign of life, so that may be a bust.
I’m loving all the pictures of sprouting snowdrops and crocus, but I admit I’m a little jealous too! From the look of it, we are in for at least another month of snow. ⛸