So very pleased with this.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Sadly, my zinnia seeds suffered the same fate as the rest of my winter sown seeds and went the way of rotting. Upset, I promptly mailed the rest of my coveted QRL seeds to my sister who couldn't get any. I managed to salvage one measly Envy. Whoopee.
Now that garden planning time has arrived, I'm optimistically dreaming. My final seed selections arrived last week. Six gorgeous varieties... and they'd better grow, damnit!
Clockwise from top: Double Zahara Strawberry*, Benary's Giant Salmon Rose (Johnny's Selected Seeds), Envy* (yes, I'll try again), Purple Prince*
(L) Senora* // (R) Queen Red Lime*
Do you grow zinnias? I'd love to hear your plans and/or selections. Where do you get your seeds? <--- I may be in the market for a 7th variety - lucky seven! ;)
Thursday, November 7, 2013
I'll be extremely irritated if my new Apple Blossom turns out to be a Red Lion. You'd better not pull that trick on me again, Home Depot!! I took a chance and purchased one that was in a bag this time - not a janky box - and planted it in my very favorite black waffle planter.
The single potted Hyacinths were sitting in our fridge for a few weeks (probably not nearly long enough) and we were sick of having no room for food, so I pulled them out. I can't wait to see if they produce anything. *Last year's refrigerator tulips didn't work so well <--- mushy bulbs. I hope I have a bit more luck with the fridge thing this year.
Do you experiment with any indoor bulbs over the winter? I'd love to know - especially if you have tips and tricks. I don't really know much about other forced bulbs, but I'm pretty darn good at growing Paperwhites.
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Exactly one day shy of a six month break from the snow. Workerman opened the drapery in our bedroom... the sun shines in... "Ohh nooooo!"
I'm not ready for this. All of my unpruned babies fell heavy under the first dusting. The threat of seasonal snow and ice damage is now real and I am unprepared. I haven't even pulled my potted roses in yet; they have most likely languished. I have a lot of work to do.
Lucky for me - it's melting quickly.
On my day off, it feels like a holiday. I'm grateful for a snowy morning run, a "soon to be fixed" outlet for my cappuccino machine, jazz of the 20s and 30s and a quiet day to get some housework finished.
Has it snowed in your neck of the woods?
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Two tiny cuttings taken from my MIL's house this summer. One was eaten - one persisted through the droughty summer and early frost fall.
It looks like this now (left). I brought it in for nurturing this winter; I don't have a cold frame. Pretty good for my first attempt at plant propagation, wouldn't you say? Nothing special was used for the soil either... just some well rotted manure/compost and bagged potting soil. Here's to hoping it lives long enough to bloom into the beauty on the right.
Hope you're having a good weekend. I'll be back soon with some photographs of my planted metal container.