Lately—and I'll just admit it up front—for many years, my favorite flowers in the garden share a cultivar name of 'Variety Unknown'. These are the first two reticulated irises that popped up a few days ago. They are 'Variety Unknown', part of a mix of Iris reticulata I purchased years ago. They are slowly coming up to join the crocuses in full bloom now, which are also 'Variety Unknown'. The crocuses are from mixed collections of Crocus tommasinianus, planted years ago, affectionately … [Read more...] about In My Garden: ‘Variety Unknown’
Yesterday, I headed out in the morning sunshine for a walk around the neighborhood and before I stepped off my driveway, I spotted the first little crocus in bloom. And so it begins. When I got home, I went out to the backyard to see if I could spot any crocuses in the lawn. I've planted thousands of crocus corms in my lawn, going back to at least 2011. I didn't see any, but the snow was still melting. This morning, as I waited for the water to warm up for a cup of tea, I looked out … [Read more...] about And so it begins, with crocuses
Ding! I picked up my phone yesterday to see who the text was from and was delighted to see it was from the owner of the local greenhouse. She wanted me to see the first bloom on their violas. Sweet! In just a matter of weeks, I'll be heading over to get my flats of violas and pansies to plant all over so everything looks pretty for Easter. Now, you might be wondering why the owner of the local greenhouse, CourtsYard and Greenhouse, is sending me texts about flowers in February. But … [Read more...] about First Bloom!
Finally, I think we've seen our last frost until fall and are cleared for planting, at least here in central Indiana. Today, I took all the plants out of the back of the truck and put them on the front porch or the back patio, depending on where their final destination will be. I've left the tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, basil, and a few flowers I started from seed are in the sunroom for one more night, but I am planning to put them back outside tomorrow. I am also planning another trip to … [Read more...] about Finally Frost Free?
How's it growing? My mesclun mix looks pretty good. I'm about ready to cut some of it to add to a salad of store-bought lettuce. Is that allowed? Mixing homegrown lettuce with store-bought lettuce? It seems there are so many rules these days, one never knows. Rules are popping up faster than dandelions! Fortunately, here in my garden, I can do pretty much whatever I want to do, although there are those neighborhood covenants... Just about the only thing those covenants are keeping me from … [Read more...] about The Garden Fairies May Need to Defend Themselves
There comes a time in the spring when a gardener asks herself, "Should I or shouldn't I plant these annuals and other tender plants outside now?" In other words, have we had our last frost? Looking at our ten-day weather forecast, I think I can truthfully say we aren't supposed to get within ten degrees (Fahrenheit) of a frost for the next ten days. That takes us to about May 11th. The rule of thumb around here is it is safe to plant after Mother's Day, which is the second Sunday of … [Read more...] about Should I or Shouldn’t I?