One evening I was out in the garden and turned my head just as the fading light of the end of the day came through a hardy begonia leaf. I was happy to see it and to capture a photo of it. On the patio, I found these seedlings. I love that violas are seeding themselves in the cracks between the patio bricks. The other weeds? Not so much. I can usually get them out with the string trimmer, but I'm leaving these violas alone. I'm letting any viola seedlings that show up stay right … [Read more...] about What Makes Me Happy Today
For those who read my last post, I'll share an update. I found my gardening knife. It was lying on the stone edge of one of the raised beds in the Vegetable Garden Cathedral. In plain sight. The replacement knife, with a sharpening stone, arrived the next day. So now I find I have a gardening knife, a back up gardening knife, plus a back up for the back up gardening knife. I've found it useful at times to have multiples of the same tool. Other things I've found in my garden … [Read more...] about Found in the Garden
I recently finished a long session of weeding by losing my gardening knife. Some gardeners call these useful knives hori-hori knives, and they are quite useful for weeding, planting, and even cutting an edge on a flower border, if one decides to do that by hand. They are also easily lost, I've found, ironically, as this is not the first time I've lost mine in the garden. I lost this particular gardening knife several years ago and only found it after I bought a second knife. That knife … [Read more...] about Lost in the Garden
Tucked in a little triangle of ground between the house and a little path of pavers I made to get to the hose spigot, I found some ice plants, Delosperma, blooming the other day. I know I did not buy these but recall getting some as trial plants. I did a quick search through my email and I found that in 2016, I indeed got some Delosperma to trial, but I kind of think I planted those in the back garden somewhere. If this one in the picture is one of those, then it is a Jewel of Desert® … [Read more...] about Keeping Track of Plants
We've reached that time of spring around here when we are not yet frost-free but a freeze could hurt a little bit. Especially if you are one of those gardeners who simply couldn't wait to plant out annuals that don't like frost and you didn't have me whispering—shouting—in your ear that it is too early to plant out annuals and vegetable plants that don't like frost or even temps in the 40s for that matter. What about pansies? Pansies will be fine, as will violas and daffodils and other … [Read more...] about What a Gardener Can Do
My thoughts wandered, as they often do when I am mowing the lawn, but they came into sharp focus just as I was mowing the last little section in the front. By the way, I generally wait as long as possible in the spring before mowing the back lawn because of the flowers I've planted in that lawn over the years. The crocuses have finished flowering, but the Glory of the Snow are in their prime. Fingers-crossed that they are still blooming for the big Easter egg hunt. I suspect they will … [Read more...] about First Mowing and a Garden Visitor!