Seedling Update

It was with skepticism that I started 48 little pots of seed.  My track record with seed-starting is dismal…

February 9, 2017

This year’s experiments:  basil, bell and sweet banana pepper, cilantro, broccoli, german chamomile, red mums, and marigolds, 4 dozen little seeds of hope.  We’ll see…

After 2 weeks, the cilantro, broccoli and several of the banana peppers had bolted up, too leggy to last.  I held back 6 bell peppers and 2 bananas that were not quite as spindly, but I don’t think they’re going to make it…

I currently have 4 of the basil, 4 marigolds, and a full 12! of the mums.

>sigh<     They all seem to be kind of stuck now, not growing.   They have 1 more week before we take a holiday, so they’d better pull themselves up by their bootstraps and get going…

In the meantime, I planted some succulents in my wardian case.  I bought a small basket stuffed with different varieties and pulled them apart…

Outside, my forsythia, magnolia, and quince are all blooming, so I’m sad that temps are now plunging back to the 20’s.  Hubby says it’s too much work to throw sheets over the quince, but I have some buckets for the peonies that have budded already.  Everything else is close enough to the house to avoid problems.

Mother Nature is capricious gal…but she starts seeds a lot better than I do…

Peace

 

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Wanna be startin’ somethin’

I’m a glutton for punishment.  I simply Must try starting seeds…  This season of gray, gloom, and cold cries out for some seedlings to brighten a corner and I have mightily tried to figure out how.  Unfortunately, in all the dozens of seeds I have started over the years, only a handful have survived until planting (see Here ).  Still, I just must try.

This year’s experiments:  basil, bell and sweet banana pepper, cilantro, broccoli, german chamomile, red mums, and marigolds, 4 dozens little seeds of hope.  We’ll see…

One thing I’m certain about:  the annual Orchid Escape at Mesker Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Amazonia, will be blooming!  We set up this Wednesday and Thursday, with the kick-off party on Friday, 2/10.  I’ll be out there nearly every week-end, so if you’re trying to avoid me, go during the week…   Seriously, if you’re local, take a day to stroll and sit with the plants and birds.  Every year it is spectacular.  I’ll share pictures as soon as I can, but it would be better to see you there!

Orchids are not difficult to grow—easier than starting seeds!–so I’m having a go at a phalaenopsis in the music room…

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Peace, Love, and Flowers

Orchid Escape, 2016…

With temps down in the teens, it was great to escape to Mesker Park Zoo and Botanical Garden’s Amazonia for the Orchid Show.  These count as volunteer hours with Master Gardeners, but I’d do it for nothing..!  I’m no orchid expert, but the people I hang out with know all about them.

The show runs through March 20, so if you’re in town, you should head on over to warm your chilly bones, admire the fragrant flowers, and say hello—the animals will love you, if you do…    I hope I see you there…

 

Birdphotos

I know…it’s been a while since I posted here…Harvest is long gone, and winter snows have covered the garden beds.  So it’s time to feed the birds…and snap pictures of them…

We have 3 sunflower-seed feeders that have seen a lot of business since the snowfall…

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We have 3 finch feeders also, hanging from the trellis nearby…  I got a new one for Christmas and didn’t realize it’s the kind where they hang upside down to feed…

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We have several cardinal families that live nearby, and we love to watch them year-round.

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I’ve got the tripod set up, so brace yourself for a season of birdfeeder-watching!

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