Still a bit chilly.  The good thing, a very good thing, is that this is just the sort of cold spell that helps to check nasty bugs like wooly adelgid on hemlocks.  It will still be here, of course, but every year one can keep ahead of it…! 

I am rather glad that there is just a touch of snow on the ground at least; it helps to protect the plants from complete desiccation.  The rhododendrons don’t look terribly happy, but they’ll manage.

In other gardening news, various persnickety seeds ought to be contemplated fairly soon.  You really have to wonder how some of these plants ever grow on their own…freeze it, boil it, soak it, wack it, forget it, what did the poor seed ever do?