I took the lawn mower to the hardware store this evening after work so they could service it and have it back to me in time for the 1st spring mowing. It's probably still 6 - 8 weeks before I need to mow, but I wanted to get my mower in ahead of the spring rush and make sure I get it back in plenty of time. I also need to find a new weed trimmer. For some reason, I can't find one I like!Procrastination, by the way, is not wise in gardening. For instance, I've not yet sown the viola seeds, and I … [Read more...] about Getting Ready for Spring
May Dreams Gardens
I cleaned out all of the hyacinth vases today. Most of the hyacinths bloomed, and I enjoyed having the color and scent in the house, even for a short time. I also tried to force crocuses, but I don't think I let them cool enough before I planted them. As they say, "next year". (I had purchased all these bulbs rather late in the year, so didn't have time for proper cooling, although if I had taken the time, perhaps I'd have blooms, just later on).I've going through the seed catalogs again, … [Read more...] about Hyacinth blooms are done
I took the day off of work and went to a gardening symposium sponsored by Horticulture magazine and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. There were four speakers: Nancy Dillon, Carol Reese, Vincent Simione, and Rob Procter. Apparently, they've been having these symposiums for several years, at least every other year, and I didn't know about it! The reason I knew about it this time was I received a flyer in the mail. I enjoyed the program, but did think about how my non-gardening friends and … [Read more...] about Gardening Symposium!
"The day after tomorrow"... always a good time to start a new project or take care of something big. It's almost better than "tomorrow" because it implies you might do a bit of planning before you get started. "The day after tomorrow" I'll be taking off from work and going to an all day 'gardening symposium'. This is the 1st time I've signed up for one of these types of programs. I have no idea what to expect, but the day goes from 8:45 - 4:00 with 4 different speakers, so I have high … [Read more...] about Day After Tomorrow
The weather is still a bit odd. We essentially had just on and off dustings of snow over the weekend. But 10 miles further south, they got 5 inches and there was a big white out on the interstate that was blamed for a 20 car pile up on Saturday. And, on the east coast, they've been hammered by a record-setting blizzard. But, it's not too soon to think about gardening. I need to get on with a few 'tasks'. I am once again going to attempt to start some violas indoors. I've tried in the past, … [Read more...] about Thinking about gardening
Early February... hard to believe that we are still (or just) two months or more away from the first mowing of the season. Two months more to plan, to get the lawn mower serviced, to figure out how to make this upcoming growing season 'the best ever'. That's the best thing about gardening in a zone where there is clearly a winter, a dormant time, a time for rest. You get a fresh start every spring. It's like a new sheet of paper, a blank slate.I'm already thinking about "finally" putting … [Read more...] about Garden rest and planning