Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Best of Times

Gotten to garden a bit this week, cleaning out beds, putting in some hardy bedding plants, encouraging the daffodils and hyacinths to bloom.  We've had days in the 60's all week and will be well up in the 70's through the weekend.  I know it's going to get cold again, but this has been wonderful.
I just planted some Hidcote Lavender seeds I'd ordered.  I never have much luck with lavender I don't know if I'm overwatering or it's just too hot here.  My Snowball plant is covered in buds and I hope to see some leaves soon.
My Spanish Bluebells are coming up and so are my Louisiana Iris's, I hope more of them bloom this year.
Mac has started a bunch of seeds in his hothouse, and his broad beans are blooming, next the sugar snap peas should.
The box is something Mac made me for Christmas to store my gardening hat, gloves, tools, it came equipped with an emergency Hershey's Kisses in case I got faint in the garden.  It opens to provide potting space and note the "golden" trowel next to it.

The only trees to show signs of life are the Red Maples and they look so springy!


  1. It's lovely to get out into the garden again after the winter isn't it? I doubt that it is too hot for your lavender as it's a Mediterranean plant but it does require very good drainage, it definitely doesn't like getting its feet too wet so I would guess that you are over-watering and maybe need more grit in the compost or soil where its planted.

  2. Rowan, thanks for the advice, I'll be careful about the watering.

  3. Looks lovely. Still covered in snow and ice here!

  4. I love lavender but haven't had a lot of success with it. I agree with Rowan that it needs a gritty soil whether in a bed or in a container.
    I started the variety "lady" from seeds many years ago in Vermont and was pleased with the germination rate and the hardiness of my little "hedge."


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