Finally, January and warm temperatures are gone and February is here and we have some snow. Not a lot of snow, but a few inches. And we have some wind, the kind that cuts through even the warmest coat. Glorious winter! I want to have this kind of weather, because I think it helps in the spring.We appreciate spring more when we've been cold and have felt the icy wind on our faces. We appreciate spring when coats seem to weigh more and more with each day of winter and we realize, mid-February, … [Read more...] about Snow!
May Dreams Gardens
I'm all set with seeds! That's right, I've been to Menards twice and purchased Burpee seeds there at 30% off. I got the "standard" stuff, like green beans, zucchini, radishes, etc.. "Standard stuff" meaning those vegetables where the tried and true varieties will do just nicely, thank you very much. Then, this evening I placed an order with Park Seeds to fill in the gaps and get those seeds (and a few plants) that I'm not likely to find in the garden center. Gotta have the "Sugary" tomatoes … [Read more...] about Seeds
We are having a warm winter. I don't know if it is unusual, but we are on pace to have the 3rd warmest January since they started to keep records. I don't like this. I want it to be cold, I want some snow, I want some freezing and thawing. I think all of that is good for a garden (except maybe the freezing and thawing which can uproot some plants). But the rest helps the garden rest and recuperate and prepare itself for spring. Yes, I'm in zone 5. Yes, I know there are people in zones 6 and … [Read more...] about Winter Where Art Though?
Okay, some evenings, it's easy to come home, eat, and then sit and watch TV and surf the 'net without any real direction or purpose. In between surfing and TV viewing, I might check work email to see if I can douse a fire or two or get a step or two ahead by sending some replies. I know some of my co-workers are doing the same thing, because I get replies from them within a matter of minutes. Not a good way to spend an evening.So tonight, after eating, putting out the weekly trash, watching some … [Read more...] about Indoor Gardening
I'll admit I like to watch shows about gardening. I'm not talking about your "garden variety" shows on the Home and Garden channel (HGTV), which feature landscapers putting some shrubs around a pool or competing to see who has the best design. I'm talking about DVD's like Gardens of the World with Audrey Hepburn, where she strolls through different gardens and you actually learn something about the gardens and they show outstanding footage of gardens that can truly inspire you.I also got a new … [Read more...] about DVD’s for Gardeners!
I must confess I am battling mealybugs in my sun room. The little buggers are mostly attacking the clivia lilies, amaryllis, and aloe plants. I think they hitched a ride on some African violets that I got at either WalMart or Frank's or maybe a jade plant that I bought on clearance. Those violets and the jade plant perished last year and I took measures to clean things up, but I see I've not quite finished the job.Of particular concern to me right now is one of the clivia's. I've noticed the … [Read more...] about Mealybugs!