This winter has been a surprise after surprise...makes me a little nervous! Not that I don’t love the sunny days with slight breezes, I do! I just hope when spring gets here it means it!
I finally had a chance to walk around yesterday and get a few shots of some promising spring growth.
The ‘Beauty of Moscow’ Lilac has some really nice buds all over it! If I remember right, last year was the first year that I had some nice flowers on it- maybe this year will be even better! Lilacs are one of my favorites- I love their scent! Growing up, they were everywhere in our neighborhood. Someday, I’d like to have a lot more- a bigger yard would be helpful!
Hopefully you can see the little hens ‘n chicks that have decided my mossy, stone wall might be a great place to hang out. I think it will look really great when they get bigger. Like Aerie-el at Gardener’s Roost, I really like moss! She has some great shots of it, so head on over and take a peek. I hope my little hens ‘n chicks take off and spread in and among this wall! It was hard to get this shot because they are small and I wanted to get the moss wall in.
I love the rust colored moss mixed in with the bright green- really beautiful. The stone wall it is on has Lithodora growing in the bed above it- unfortunately, they have been damaged in a few winters and need to be thinned out, and some replaced. This is my bed in the very front of my house- the bed really needs some work...like all my beds! You’d never know a freak of a gardener lives here if you drove by ;).
The Camellia in the front of my house is blooming, but all the blooms are low down and close to the house! This Camellia is really in the wrong spot. It was here when we move in. Who ever decided a shrub that grows to this size should go into a small foundation bed was nuts- it has to be severely pruned back every year or it will attach as you walk out my front door. For the most part, everything in our yard was either in the wrong spot or overgrown- little by little we’ve managed to take some things out. It didn’t help that I really didn't know what I was doing either (still don't really, I'm learning)- but I never would have put a shrub this sized next to the entrance to the house!
Here it is in Dec. ‘08. You can see the stairs to the front door to the left. It is a lot bigger now, if you can imagine. So much to do! The whole front really needs to be redesigned- but we can only do so much every year. Maybe when we sell this house, I’ll have to put something simple together so the house will have some curb appear. Until then I’ve only got so much time and it all seems to go to the food we’re growing- and a few flowers :)
Speaking of that, the broccoli, beets and lettuce, are all doing great. These will be planted mid-month, hopefully. I’ve started some Spinach in the new tunnel (or chenille) and some Swiss Chard in the cold frame. Some of the carrot in the cold frame has germinated too! I noticed it yesterday and I went out a few hours later and found holes in my little rows! Darn birds- The last time I decided to try carrots they were getting close to germinating and the squirrels scattered them! Now it’s the birds. The birds also decided to dig for worms in my newly planted spinach rows! Oh, they make me mad sometimes!
The ‘Bulls Blood’ Beets are such a beautiful color- I’ve only grow beets once before and never in groups, so It will be interesting to see how they do. I’m growing some for the tops- but I plan on getting some beets out of this group too. I’ve also grown broccoli only once before- so I’m eager to see how they will do too. I’m trying a new lettuce called ‘Breen’. So far they look the best out of the 4 varieties I started. Some of the lettuce is flopping over, and I’m not too sure why. I didn’t start them in soil blocks, like I usually do, maybe that has something to do with it. In any case, I’ll have some of each of these plants above to give to family, and friends. I’ve started to pack everyone’s flats up- carefully labeling everything, so I hope your beds are ready!
More to come, as I start planning what will replace these crops and start them. I should have already been doing that- this succession thing is hard to get the hang of, I think. You really have to plan each crop and know how long it takes to mature- which can be hard in the cooler months! It’s all part of the learning process, I guess.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I am looking forward to spring! My new blog look is done and it will be such a nice change to look at the spring colors! The count down is getting closer and closer to changing it- so stay tuned.
As I’m finishing up this post this morning, looking out my front window, I see cloudy skies and sprinkles. Maybe I should have changed the title?