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I'm ready..where's SPRING?
Category: gardening | Posted: Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:40 pm
The snow has finally melted off yards, and I'm chompin' at the bit to start outside work! Was contemplating having the property boundry Siberian Elm trees "cleaned out" again this year, but after the winters' drastic winds we've had and looking at what's on the ground, I don't think it'll be necessary: everything that could come down did, will take a month to clean it all up!
Was all primed to begin on prepping outside Earthboxs, containers and raised beds few days ago, sadly discovered majority are still just a wee bit too froze, would need a jackhammer to dig in them. One raised bed, that gets a lot of sunlight, was manageable, so tackled that, perked it up with pelleted lime, wood ash and dried steer manure. Covered it with black plastic to warm the soil enough to plant beets and yellow onions ASAP, hopefully within the next few weeks. Rest? I'll just have to be patient I guess, grit my teeth and WAIT!
Now, inside is another story. Pots of pansies are blooming as are zonal and ivy geraniums that have been wintered over. Have trays of seedling peppers, flowers, and herbs growing in sunroom as well; an Earthbox of Red Russian kale going in greenhouse with 3 inch pots of blooming pansies and cabbage starts to keep it company for time being. In the house itself, a "Sherry Baby" orchid is putting up a flower spike, two kalachoes are blooming, and a "goldfish plant" is ready to burst foreward with brilliant color. An orchid cactus (that gets 7 1/2 inch bright red blooms)should put on its usual display in May, and a vanilla bean orchid is now at 3 feet tall. The African violets are like the Duracell Bunny: have been in almost constant bloom since early last fall, just keep going and going!
It's these plants that bring the greatest joy at this time of year when we're still getting periodic snow storms, their color just lifts the spirits to NO END, brings on mental pictures of greenery and color to come IF Spring/summer ever gets here!
I did notice yesterday, however, tulips are breaking ground, green scallions are beginning to color, some dish gardens of sedums are showing new growth, the lilacs are beginning to bud, and two variegated ivies (wintered over inside)have nearly doubled in size in just last few weeks, will be really lovely hanging off an old, full-sized whiskey barrel this summer.
I'm ready, now where is Spring?
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