Category Archives: spring

it’s time to garden!!

It’s so beautiful outside today, and there’s so much sunshine! I just can’t not be outside putting seeds into the garden. We’re tackling the side bed today, putting in columbines (these and these), nasturtiums for some vining fun, ipomosis, and alyssum.

Later, I’ll be getting other started indoors: broccoli, mini red bell peppers, San Marzano tomatoes, an heirloom tomato that I saved seeds from this summer, strawberries, lavender, rosemary, begonias, and a couple of hibiscus plants.

Perfect accompaniment for the Harry Potter marathon on TV tonight. 🙂

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Way cool

So, I stopped on a plant nursery on the way home to pick up a few more flower seeds. I was hoping for marigolds and primroses, but the pickin’s are still kinda slim. I could understand that in some place cold, but here in the South…? Don’t get it.

Anyhow, I got some larkspur, some sweet peas for our new lamp post, and something called fragrant stock. And I got some dahlias too, big ones called Caribbean Fantasy and Strawberry Ice. I want to eat that one. 🙂

And when I got home I discovered that the cucumber that was peeking out this morning is standing up tall and the tomatoes are comin’ right up!

But the really exciting thing is the plant I found at the nursery. I wasn’t even looking for plants. I was wandering around trying to find someone who could tell me how to store my dahlia tubers, and I found this plant. It’s a Euphorbia wulfenii.

Euphorbia wulfenii plant

Isn’t it cool?! It’s so architectural, like a palm tree with flowers on top.

Here’s a shot of the blossoms.

Euphorbia wulfenii blossoms

And best of all…the gardener said that it even makes little baby plants.  🙂

New every year

It’s amazing every year. I line up the pots, fill them with dirt, stick dead, dried-up little seeds in them, and in two weeks give or take a little, I have live, green, growing things. I suppose it’s kind of cliched to talk about seedlings like this every spring, but the eight year old inside me is still wowed by it every. single. time. I look at the different seed shapes and imagine the plants that will grow, and I think to myself that we have one really cool God.

plants in trays

seeds in trays 2

Hello, Mr. Robin!

I saw a flock of robins yesterday. That’s not all that unusual since they winter down here, but this flock was bigger than normal. And so I wonder… are they grouping up to fly back north? ‘Cause that would mean that spring really is peeking around the corner!!! 🙂

I can’t wait for things to warm up permanently. It’s about 70 degrees here today. I love being able to walk out the door and not flinch when the cold air hits me. But I opened all the windows and doors yesterday, and I’ll do the same thing when I get home today. It’s marvelous…..

Announcement

Excuse me, everyone. I have an announcement.

Winter is over. The end.

It is going to be 60 degrees outside today, and winter is over in my head. So from now on, it’s all spring clothes. Cute hats. Flirty little scarves. Short skirts and sandals. I am going to bring spring in by sheer force of will and pretty dresses. No more cold for this girl. I am done with winter.

Thank you.

That is all.