Seedlings on Parade

It’s been a month since I started my garden and things are growing in profusion. Which is good, since I’m having to play catch-up to make sure my food plants bear crops before the cold comes. I probably would have started my seeds indoors as early as March if we’d been here back then, but at least I know that for next year… A close-up of my fuchsia, which is blooming profusely now. I don’t know if the hummingbirds and bees know yet that I’m putting out food for them up here on the third floor, but hopefully they will …

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Strawberries and Peonies!

Garden update day! I did a bit of shopping and lots of planting this past week, so I’ll hopefully be harvesting my own salads in a month 🙂 I bought this hanging strawberry basket because I’ve always wanted strawberries but didn’t have that much luck with them the last time I grew them on the ground. All kinds of critters got to my berries before me, despite trying all kinds of different deterrents. And it’s got pink flowers! I left two baby plants for it to grow out but cut off the rest of the runners so we’d get plenty …

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It’s Alive!

It’s been a little less than two weeks since I last took pictures of the garden, and some small but exciting developments have occurred. The bushy flowers are filling in nicely and blooming like nuts. You can see the Dutch iris poking their shoots up in the space between the two big plants. I should have a nice cutting garden of them by next month 🙂 It’s been very nice and sunny for the past few days, so all the plants have gone to town. The amount of pollen everywhere from the pine trees is truly insane. Luckily, pine pollen …

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Adventures in Gardening – …this ever-changing world in which we live…

So a little over one week ago, I woke up bright and early to do my morning rounds. The birds were twittering, the air was clear and everything was looking dew-covered and freshly green and spring-y in the garden of Pierydys. Then, I got to my miniature dahlias and discovered that something had gone horribly wrong. There were these little brown things all over the flower and bud stems! They looked like mites. Evil little mites. Eating my brand new flowers. It was springtime for them as well, I suppose. And woe to them, they caught me at my most …

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Adventures in Gardening – And thou shalt smite the seedlings as one…

This past weekend has been one of pure and utter carnage. All I needed was, like, a flaming sword or something, taking out swaths at a time. Often, I’d stop and wonder whether there wasn’t something sick and wrong about bringing tiny new seedlings into the world only to torture them to death within a week. And only in the world of horticulture would this be considered a common and recommended practice…

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Adventures in Gardening – March 10, 2004.

My father is, quite simply put, a plant serial killer. He doesn’t do it on purpose, but he has not the first clue when it comes to gardening and always insists that he does. The end result is that he’ll take something in a pot, dig a hole in something brownish, toss it in, and forget about it within minutes. Then he wonders why nothing survives. I suppose, living as we do in one of the climate zones most suitable to year-round gardening, it’s something of a talent that he can do what he does. The best way to discover …

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