Entering the greenhouse. .take a big deep breath in. .can you smell that yummy purple petunia?? It is heaven on earth to me. .that moist, natural soil smell laden with the heavy scent of petunia. YUM! The small pot of chives I potted last fall, has finally really taken off. .those are the tubular spiky leaves to the left. .red and chartreuse colored sweet potato vines are behind the petunia and will be ready to pot outdoors in April. And yes. .you savvy gardeners out there. .that is HENBIT in the foreground, that I neglected to see until now!! The red leaves in the foreground, next to the henbit. .are purple basil plants. I would dearly love to learn to make pesto. .but that project eluded me last summer. .maybe this will be the year!!
I was a little worried about the tomato plants while I was gone. The boys and my super mother in law took good care of them. I had replanted them not long before Dad's accident. .which probably took a role in saving their lives! I won't be surprised to see blooms on them by planting date. I'll probably put them in the ground shortly after April 15, if the weather continues to be so nice. The plants on the right are assorted peppers.
These giant marigolds germinated right before I left. .look how big they got in that little seed flat. Disappointing, was the fact that only 3 plants germinated from the mix. .a walmart seed pack. Behind them are a few little seedlings of a yellow coneflower; echinacea paridoxica. .it is a little different than what most people picture when they see coneflowers in their mind. Some of the same winter sown seeds are also sprouting. .so hopefully I will score some blooms to show later this summer.
The blueberry lime petunias are still growing. .seems like it always takes them so long to grow. .wondering if anyone else has ever tried to start them and what their luck is? They will likely survive now. .may plan to repot them into bigger pots soon. The coleus never did germinate. .those are forever off my growing list!! Three strikes. .and if you don't perform at least once. .you are out around this greenhouse!
Grant and I chose to try cauliflower this year. But not just plain ole boring white cauliflower. .This is "graffiti". .and it will be purple! We also sowed "cheddar" which is yellow. .but not one seed germinated. .in the same soil flat, with the same moisture and temperature as the graffiti. .go figure THAT! The company also sent some experimental seed for broccoli. .which didn't germinate either. We have 6 graffiti sprouts. .so hoping for at least one little purple head!! He'll look great in ranch dip!
I have been very pleased with our winter tomato harvest. Some of the larger ones still tasted much like the winter tomatoes in the store. .they had flavor, but still the mealy kind of texture. .I'm a texture kind of gal. .so that really turned me off. THESE little dudes though. .yum!! Great texture, great flavor. .and lots of 'em. Next winter. .need a couple more plants of them!!
Saturday was a beautiful day. .the guys were racing. .Cami and I were playing and weeding. .Tristan was fishing with his buddies. So Sunday afternoon, we caught up some projects. Jeremy POWER washed my HOUSE :-) Only the west side, but then I heard the chain saw going. .
. .and found him widening the spaces in the decking to allow the dirt to settle through. All I said was. .Devin, your job this afternoon is to wash the deck chairs with hot, soapy water. .I do NOT know how his dad got involved. .but I am NOT complaining!! They even used Pledge on the cedar picnic table and bench. Last night, Jeremy used his chain saw to slice down last summer's ornamental grasses, the maximillan sunflower stalks, and to prune the dead wood off my caryopteris bushes. Whew!
The garlic sprouts look encouraging. .as did the rhubarb plants. I planted 2 Lanthem raspberry bushes against the back fence near the rhubarb that I bought from Gurneys for 50% off. I hope everything will be sprouting in no time. .Temps for the next week are a little cooler. .and I saw a low slated for 38 degrees. .there is still time for a good freeze. .but we hope not!!
The seed aisles and bagged discount plants have been calling my name. .and I hope to stop this weekend at a nursery that I recieved a gift certificate to, to purchase a type of blue spruce and some larger shrubs to anchor the memory garden. .
Hoping for a week that lacks in unexpected events. .
and wishing you all the same!
Come back soon!!