Sunday, February 19, 2012

A Cloudy Day

Finally after almost 8 weeks of almost precititation we finally got some. Last Sunday it snowed off and on all day and was such a beautiful sight. Threw bird seed everywhere and the indoors cats had a ball watching "bird tv" with the windows. Yesterday we had a soft, drizzly day for half the day. If this keeps up, which I hope it does [fingers crossed], we might actually have a full inch of rain by the end of the month. Already things are looking better than last year, believe it or not.

Not much color in the garden but there is a lot of activity going on. The daylilies are poking up everywhere. The daffodils are half way up and should bloom by the end of next month. The roses are budding out everywhere, which is not necessarily good since we always get a freeze every time the roses bud out in February. But the larkspur, oh my, they're popping up everywhere and are the greenest things in the beds right now. The light, feathery leaves contrast nicely to the other shapes from surrounding plants.
 Last year was the second time the larkspur bloomed. I planted the seeds two falls ago and got short, thin plants and then the next fall the plants came back twice as thick and some reached four feet tall. With this third bloom the seedlings are dense and coming up everywhere, including in the walkway below.
Two weeks ago I experimented in digging up plugs from the walkway and transplanting them to other spots in the flower beds. Amazingly, all twenty plugs have taken and are doing well. So, from now until the first mowing, I'll be digging up plantings in the pathway and transplanting the seedlings. Talk about bang for your buck. From two seed packets I got all of this and it's only going to continue to multiply.

There's so much to do in the garden this year. I'm hoping to build a few small raised concrete beds in a spot on the east fence that nothing, even the hollyhocks, wants to grow. Another trellis needs to go up. The fence needs to be painted. Privacy trellis needs to be installed to block out the neighbors obnoxious trampolines - seriously, how unlucky am I that the houses on either side of me have trampolines full of shrieking children all the time? It's like having a daycare center on both sides! - and tackle the adventure of growing my first veggies. The drought last year damaged and killed many of my plants. The cool weather and recent precipitation have revived several of the herbs in the herb circle - the dill, cilantro and parlsey are greening up nicely. Around them the Gaillardia, Shasta Daisies and daylilies are filling in too.


  1. Thanks for visiting my blog today. I can see your garden is showing signs of spring. We have already has a few daffodils blooming here and our Jasmine is beginning to bloom over the back fence. It won't be long until the beds fill out in glorious blooms!

  2. I was just thinking about you today! I have never grown larkspur, but am trying to grow things from seed this year - you make it sound very encouraging. I hope you get some privacy from the trampolines. My brother-in-law had his neighbors trampoline blow up on his roof in a wind storm last year. Not too much damage, but some. I'm getting excited about all the green growth, too. Spring is almost here!

  3. Hi, Holley. I must confess that today, as we were having freezing 35-40 mile winds blowing through town I was hoping that the trampolines would go flying throught the two neighbors yards and off into the hinterlands. I don't understand why children and their parents can't bounce on the trampolines without screaming for hours on end. The one closest to my kitchen had three kids and their two parents screaming for three hours on Sunday. Wouldn't all that non-stop bouncing scramble one's brain?

    And please, do give the larkspur a try. I have like a 25% success with growing anything from seed. The larkspur has been amazing. They're okay the first year and grow maybe 2-3 feet tall. Let them reseed and the next year they're double to triple their spread horizontally and grow up to 4 feet tall. They've tripled their spread in the beds this year and I'm hoping to seee 4-5 feet tall spires. I don't think they get taller than 5 feet.

  4. I have never had luck with larkspur. It is so pretty when it blooms!
    I know what you mean about seeds...what a bargain. I love growing flowers from seeds. I had a lot of luck with my four o'clock flowers.

  5. I'd forgotten about the four o'clocks. I think I have a few seeds from last year in an envelope somewhere. I've never had any luck with marigolds. Have killed them everytime, no matter where I plant them and how much I add compost to the soil. Which is sad because, as the large label across the first pot proudly proclaimed, "Marigolds are the plants you can't kill"... unless you are me.

  6. Congrats on all of the larkspur! They're going to look beautiful in bloom.

    I can just see your cats watching bird TV all day.

  7. Thanks! I can't wait to see some color in the garden.



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