Happy First (full) day of Spring

Even though it is the Spring it seems winter wants to still hang on, well I guess it is still March. We have had some bad blizzards in March. It is always fun walking around the yard to see what is popping up. My Daffodils are starting bloom, usually they are later then most, living in the bottoms of the valley makes us the last one to thaw. Continue reading

Geraniums Inside

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Geranium

I pick out my favorite Geraniums and bring them in for the winter. Before I re-pot them I trim the stems and only leave the healthy ones. At first they look a little sickly but they will fill out in no time. Just remember to not let them bloom, you want them to work on making good stock for next years stock. Well, OK, maybe one bloom.

See How I propagate my own Geraniums. View post

A Walk Around the yard!

My husband and I love walking around our yard and seeing how things are growing (or not) and talking about what we will do next. I always enjoy my flowers

and even watching the bees. We encourage Mason Bees to come to our yard by putting out cans filled with straws and they always seem to find them. Mason Bees are just as good as honey bees and they are a bit friendlier, well as friendly as a bee can be.

My Grandson and I hung some new Bluebird houses that I made. No takers yet, but hopefully the bluebirds find them.

Grandson Nathan hanging Bluebird house

Grandson Nathan hanging Bluebird house

We love looking at the things growing in the greenhouse, His peppers are doing good, my flowers on the other hand, not so well. But my husband found a good deal on one of my favorite flowers, Snapdragons and at $5 a flat I will enjoy them. We are also starting some rhubarb. We have many Rhubarb plants now. But we wanted to try a new type. If you like rhubarb, as much as we do, I would recommend it, it is easy to grow and freezes well. We have found rhubarb likes evening shade. MMM almost Rhubarb pie time, can’t wait.

I am working on a new flower bed, it is a lot of work to cut out the sod. I have found a few muscles that I have neglected over the winter, but I do a little each day and maybe I will have it done….. before Memorial Day, since we get frost up until then anyhow. I use the sod to feed to the peeps and hens, they love the treat and the older hens try to take dust bathes in the dirt left from the sod after they are done with their snack.

We always enjoy walking around together and talking, dreaming (and maybe pulling a weed) nothing like quality time in your yard.

Geraniums and Birdhouses

For the winter I keep a Geranium in the house. I enjoy seeing the green plant sitting in my kitchen in the winter it brings me hope that spring will soon be back and I will soon be able to see the garden and enjoy the beautiful colors summer brings.

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In about a month I will start cutting from them to help fill the flower beds. I will bring more info on that when the time comes.(It’s hard to be patient.)

Some of the other things I am doing to prepare for the spring is buying seeds and planning the flower gardens around the yard. My husband plans the vegetable gardens, I help him with planting and weeding. I planted a lot of herbs in the front yard last year and it looked nice but too green. So this year my hopes are for a “Flower Garden with a Touch of Flavor” (Herbs).

I want to incorporate birdhouses into my flower gardens since I make bird-houses from gourds I grew and from wood scrapes I get from a friend. See my Homemade Crafts page to see how this Whimsical Birdhouse is made.

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A good portion of the flowers I plant are from local greenhouses, I can’t resist going to them and I like to support the local independent greenhouses. Our greenhouse is usually full of vegetable plants and since the flowers seem to take longer we grow only a few from seed.

Winter is a good time to go thru all the gardening books again or look for new ways to do things. Always fun to try new things.

Only 50 days till Spring.