Spring? Is that you?

Weather 3/27/2013
Weather 3/27/2013

It looks like spring might actually be arriving.   At least for a few days!    Always checking the 10 day forecast for some hope and 7 of the next 10 days are going to hit a high of 40 or above.    The snow is literally pouring off my roof.    Which reminds me yet again, I really need gutters!

And it even smells like ‘spring’ outside.  The good kind of spring smell.  Not the swampy spring smell that my yard will have in a few weeks when portions of my back yard turn from frozen tundra to a mud pit.    That’s the downside of living a block and a half from the wondrous Lake Superior.   The melting snow is on its way there and my yard and house are in the way!

 

polkadotplantOne of my favorite seedlings.The polka dot plant (Hypoestes) with the pink, red or white polka dots showing up on the tiny little leaves.  I remember my mom buying these as indoor plants when I was a kid.  Think those were always pink.  Grew some from seed last year and there were great.   A nice filler in containers and it makes a great house plant too.

Happy Spring!!  Hope it’s here to stay!

 

First Day of Spring

First Day of Spring?  Really?!

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I have to say it again… Winter is sticking around WAY too long this year!  However, I will not be held back from getting a jump start on my gardening season!    Absolutely enjoying my ‘new’ garden shed this year.   (Had the shed for years but it was used for something else until now.)    With the help of a space heater, I’m able to keep the temperature suitable to grow things even with 2-3 feet of snow on the ground and temperatures outside often dropping below freezing.

Seedling Shelves
Seedling Shelves

Added a 2nd set of shelving for seedlings yesterday and already filling it up.   Once things get potted up, I’ll need more room.  Hopefully the timing will work out and I can get things out to the greenhouse before I run out of room.

Note: Got my shelves from Amazon Commercial Chrome Steel Wire Shelves NSF Shelving 48″L x 18″W x 72″H

 

 

Garden Shed
Garden Shed

Planted up two hanging baskets of Black Eyed Susan Vines.  Threw in some Nasturtium seeds too. The basket on the left is doing great but the one on the right is struggling.   Hopefully it recovers soon. Also potted up some Dahlias, Lillies and Siberian Iris’ that I couldn’t resist buying early.

 

False Indigo & Lupines
False Indigo & Lupines

Potted up some Lupines (Sunrise) and False Indigo today.

 

 

 

 

 

Indoor Seedlings
Indoor Seedlings

Also have several trays growing under lights in my bedroom!   Could move them out to shed now but sure I’ll need the extra space soon so might as well keep the lights up a little longer.

 

Sunflowers
Sunflowers
Portulaca (Moss Rose)
Portulaca (Moss Rose)
Dahlias
Dahlias

 

Iris & Lily
Iris & Lily

 

 

Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day – March 2013

What’s blooming in my garden on this ‘Bloom Day’?  Absolutely nothing.

Christmas Cactus
Christmas Cactus

 

However, I do have a couple blooms on my Christmas cactus inside.   Poor thing had been sitting in the plastic black pot from the store for 3 years and I finally put it in a real pot last month.   So at least it appears happy now. 🙂

 

 

Fairy Garden - March 2013
Fairy Garden – March 2013

This is the only part of my ‘garden’ I can even see.    Hopefully the fairies are doing okay.

Everything else is covered in at least a foot of snow.  And with highs below freezing most of the days in the 10 day forecast, there will be no big meltdown any time soon.

 

 

Garden Pond - March 2013
Garden Pond – March 2013

 

 

 

On a positive note, I saw three of my fish swimming yesterday!   So the heaters (one floating and one submersed) have worked another year.

 

 

Garden Shed - March 2013
Garden Shed – March 2013

 

One place where there is a LOT of growth is in my sweet little garden shed.    Many little baby plants are getting their jumpstart on our short growing season.   They really help the time pass while I wait for spring!  Hoping and dreaming.

Garden Shed - March 2013
Garden Shed – March 2013

To see some actual blooms this Bloom Day, check out the Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day host Carol’s blog at May Dreams Gardens.   And next month, I WILL have some blooms to share.  Can’t wait!!

Hen & Chicks - March 2013
Hen & Chicks – March 2013

Dreaming of Spring!

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-18, Feels Like -38 at 7:30 am 1/22/2013

It’s so cold out today that it’s important to remind myself that spring is just around the corner!   -18 this morning.   The girls were happy to have a day off of school though!

Already making plans for planting seeds soon.   Plan is to start on Saturday, February 2nd.  Last year started on the 9th so think I’ll move it up a week this year.   Going to start with petunias and some perennials.    Collected a LOT of seeds from my garden last fall so looking forward to growing some of my favorites and I’m sure lots of surprises. I learned a lot already from collecting the seeds but know seeing what grows (and what doesn’t!) and grows true (and what doesn’t!) will be an even bigger education about how my garden grows!

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This is a sign of my mom’s from her friend Sue.

Dreams are watered in the Gardener’s heart…even in the Cold of Winter.

Keep dreaming!