Our trip to Medford this week was great! And it started with us literally driving into spring :). We went down there to visit family and had a wonderful time! I used to live in Medford...before I was a gardener, and I had forgotten how wonderful the weather is there.
When we hit about Roseburg, OR we started to see the plum trees in full bloom. Once in Medford I noticed things in full bloom everywhere!
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It was really spring- and the smell in the air, heavenly. If only I could put the scent on this blog! This is the best I can do :)
We started to see a few Magnolias at about Roseburg, but they were just barely budding. I didn’t notice any in Medford, but right outside grandma’s house, along with the tree above, was a beautiful Tulip tree!
And lastly, a beautiful bunch of tulips sitting in a window at grandma's.
I thought the light drenching the tulip petals was lovely. Yes, spring was definitely gracing Medford with its presence! I sat outside and filled my senses, dreaming of my own yard and the coming beauty!
We didn’t stay long. And the drive home was a little depressing...driving back into winter! As we hit Roseburg on our return home, the clouds closed like a door, shutting out spring for just a bit longer...but not much longer!
We returned home the first day of spring. I have to say it is nice to go away for a few days. My daughter, and mom & dad took care of everything while we were away. I was a little nervous leaving everything in the greenhouse, but it all turned out okay. With the exception of the day we left, of course, it was nothing but overcast skies. Just before we left, I was forced to put the huge tomatoes out in the greenhouse- that was a little scary. Usually I get them used to different conditions slowly- but I had no choice, they outgrew the lights inside, and in spite of the lower night temps, they had to go to the greenhouse. By the time I got home the night temps had risen enough that the little heater didn’t have much trouble keeping it at above 50 degrees- just in time! The tomatoes aren’t happy, exactly, but they’ll make it I think :)
Funny how you notice things growing when you’ve been gone. The early, gamble broccoli crop looks like it not only made it through those first few days in their new home, even after high wind, but are actually looking pretty good!
The peas are up and doing well. I can’t wait to taste that first crisp, sweet, crunchy pea!
I think I may sow a few more seed to fill in spots where seeds didn’t germinate.
The spinach and radish is up in the first chenille I built a while back- This spinach will be used in salads- and finally I’ll let a few get big as I thin the others out and eat them! Yummy! I love spinach :)
The Mizuna, lettuce and beets in the cold frame went nuts while I was gone! So did the weeds! It’s harvesting time again :). I may just keep the Mizuna as a cut-and-come again to see how far I can push them into warmer weather, we’ll see.
I have so much to do- catching up reading what you all have been up to in your gardens, for one. I’m behind on starting more broccoli, lettuce, and a ton of flowers! The tomatoes will have to move on to a bigger pot this week, as well as the cherry tomato in the house. Here are a couple shots of the greenhouse- notice the tomatoes don’t look particularly happy!
These tomatoes will be a little upset for a bit, but I think that potting them on will help...we’ll see! If not it’s off to Portland Nursery we go.
I’ll get some more shots of them later, when they’re not so mad at me!
I think Catherine’s babies over at A Gardener in Progress are much happier and healthier looking :)
The pansy and wood hyacinth continue to bloom, and I’m expecting the snap dragon to make a show soon. The dill there in the lower right is going nuts, so I hope everyone at church likes dill! I never water that volunteer plant- but it just does it’s thing anyway :)
Things are getting a little crowded again- and it will only get worse as I sow more. I think it’s time to go up on the other side of the greenhouse benches now...ya think? I’m going to try to jimmy something this week.
There is a bit more blooming in the garden, one of the camellias in the back yard and some hyacinth, more pictures will be on the way! I hope you all had a great first day of spring, and as always...