Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Spring Garden Shopping and To Do List

Updated because now it's spring!

Feeding Stations at Four O'Clock
  • Start clematis and four o'clocks inside
  • Add stakes and/or tomato cages to four o'clocks
  • Fill and hang hummingbird feeder
  • Transplant four o'clocks outside
  • Water feature
    • Order pump
    • Buy rain barrel and dig into ground
    • Buy and install water plant
Monet's Vine Garden
  • Good coating of sluggo
  • Pull up wire, rake, thoroughly weed.
  • Firmly relegate morning glories to two trellis areas
  • Fill in main garden bed with nasturtiums
Herb and Flower Garden
  • Start callas inside, move outside when weather is nice
  • Clean out and fertilize chives
  • Seeds purchased to plant directly outdoors in May
    • alyssum
    • pansies, johnny jump up
    • peppermint
    • aristotle basil
    • columbine
    • campanula
  • Plant small pot with black-eyed susan vine, pepper to keep squirrels off
  • Plant more chives? May have planted seeds too early - may have to replant.
Dahlia Forest
  • Organize and refill pots with clean dirt
  • Start dahlia bulbs, move outside (if they sprout)
  • Purchase additional dahlias if needed
    • buy 2 more tomato cages
  • Stake raspberry as it grows
  • If roses don't come back, plant zinnias
  • Plant zinnia seeds
  • Purchase and plant African daisies
  • Purchase and plant tomato
  • Watering can
  • Slightly longer hose
  • 1 bag dirt

Saturday, April 22, 2017

I should have put blood in that blog title

I refilled the bird feeder - the chickadees are thrilled. I decided the honeysuckle isn't going to come back after all - not after the squirrels and rabbits stripped off all the buds and dug in the pot. So I put in more dirt and peas and surrounded it with wire. I weeded a LOT of groundcover, which returns no matter what I do - I'll still be weeding it when I'm 90. I also weeded a TON of maple sproutlings. Why they have decided to sprout this year I don't really know. Then I planted more peas in the tomato pot and surrounded that with wire, planted peas by another trellis, and watered. I need a longer hose.


I can't get a really good picture of my daffodils. You don't see the vibrant orange centers. The tulip never opened fully - that was as close as it got, I went to work on Saturday, when I got back four hours later it had been bitten off. Not eaten, just snipped off. Blasted bunnies.

Saturday, April 15, 2017


Polka dot plants

I have no idea how I got to be good at growing these. It just happened. I have done nothing to deserve it. They just....grow.

More sprouts


The raspberry is growing enthusiastically

The clematis has popped up and is expanding daily

Two four o'clock sprouts!

Another four o'clock sprout!

One calla is shooting up, the others are still curled green/white sprouts. No activity from the strawberries.

ONE dahlia is sprouting! I think the rest are dead - I ordered new ones.

Saturday, April 1, 2017


Another day of gardening

I got this row of pots in the Dahlia Forest organized. The roses are at either end - I don't know if they're coming back or not. If they don't, I will do the whole row in zinnias instead of just the two middle pots and maybe add some other tall annuals next year. Roses are too expensive to be annuals!

Dahlia Forest - the corner. I am not sure my dahlia tubers in the basement were alive or not and two clumps were far too large to start inside so I started one here in the middle pot. The two side pots need dahlias and if the ones inside don't sprout I will get new ones.

 Last corner of the Dahlia Forest. The white pot on the far left has raspberries, which are sprouting again! The other white pot will have a tomato plant when it's a little warmer. The large orange pot I put the other big clump of tubers in. Hopefully it will revive. The green pot is for African daisies.

I'm not sure about the placement of the green pot. It just doesn't look right but I can't figure out where it would go better. Hmm. Fortunately it will be easy to move.

  Herb and flower pots all ready - I will plant seeds directly later this month or in May

The calla bulbs in the basement had sprouted! I started them inside. They'll go in the herb and flower garden when it's warmer and they've grown a bit.

A clematis I got cheap - it's got a nice sprout. The dahlia tubers that might or might not be alive.

Four o'clock seeds

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

I wish I had a greenhouse...

I found tiny polka-dot plants growing in my old paperwhites! I transplanted them for a friend. They must have grown from seeds that feel from the fully grown plants.

 It was actually messier than this. I need a greenhouse or a garden sink or something.

 Two plants done. Apparently amaryllis go limp when they don't have enough light or water. The really interesting question though is - will they stand up again if given enough of these substances??

 I am optimistically trying to grow strawberries. I have a plant light!

Gardening continues

I finished enough of the dishes that I can start on an overhaul of my indoor pots and gardening. They need to have white stuff brushed off, be thoroughly watered, fertilizer and new dirt, bulbs transplanted, etc. I also need some cayenne pepper for when I put the bulbs outside.

I am really excited about these red bulb tips in the garden. I don't know what they are, having long forgotten what I planted, but they look exciting.

 When I stripped off the burlap from the raspberry there were all these little sprouts! So exciting!

Hauled up all my stuff from the basement. I can't remember where I put my short hose...the brown paper bags have my dahlia and calla tubers

Monday, March 27, 2017

Slugs and Sweat are back


 Before (at least, before today's work)

Yes, that block has been off most of the winter

I threw out the old Christmas tree, stripped off the old towels, and removed the squirrel feeder. I installed my new trellis. I'm going to start the four o'clocks from seed inside and another clematis root I bought (a cheap one this time!) because I don't think the one that's there is coming back. The towels were mostly to keep the birdseed out of the pot. I'll get the hummingbird feeder back up soon.

More four o'clocks will go here. Is the honeysuckle dead or not?

It doesn't look very alive, but I suppose it could be....

 Pulled away lots and lots of dead groundcover and leaves. I can't just rake them off because of the chicken wire so I'm doing it by hand. It doesn't look like it, but I have taken off a lot. And found a few slugs too, of course. Once I get more of the groundcover off I'll put down a good layer of sluggo. Once the bulbs have flowered and finished the morning glories and nasturtiums should be coming up.

These bulb sprouts are red. Interesting.

See? LOTS pulled off, plus all the old squirrel food - corn cobs and such. 

 The gnome was contributed by a neighbor. The cigarette butts were contributed by another neighbor, whom I will be having a talk with...

 Straightened the bricks, cleaned away some of the dead growth around the chives. Should I strip off the burlap from the roses or not? I have seeds for most of the pots but I'll be planting them directly so they come up through the wire so that will have to wait a while. I am going to start the calla lilies inside though.

 Same for the raspberries - they have buds! Should I strip their burlap off too?

I haven't done anything with the dahlia, zinnia, and osteospermum pots yet. I have zinnia seeds, ordered another dahlia in case those in the basement don't come back, and bought some more pots as one of my clay ones for zinnias cracked in half.