Viewing AmandaEsq's Garden Diary: 2011 Garden
Friday, December 30, 2011
Final FridayTechnically, this is an entry for next year's diary because today I sowed the first seeds for next season. Calycanthus floridus - sweetshrub. I have had the seeds, 6 total, in the fridge for over 2 months. I need to pick up my propagation books to see what special treatment it needs. The thing about shrubs, which I am new to planting in my personal space, is that they take soooooo long to grow to any size from seed. :/
Still, I've decided on wax myrtle for the back of the yard in the shade under the pecan. I also think it would be nice to have an amelanchier in the back left corner. They don't get too large, they like shade, and it will provide some fruit and shelter for the birds.
Even though I already have waaaaay too many seeds, the second round Robin is coming west to east. So many people conflicted about how to organize their seeds. I still say, as I know from the botanic garden, that a simple alphabetized list by genus and species is the best way to organize, no matter whether it's a tree or a potato.
I suppose I will start a list at some point and start organizing seeds. Shame (?!) I won't have boxes all the same size. Maybe that's something to think about for the future. It'd make for easy storage and condensing that mess would be a blessing.
Had a busy day indoors too taking cuttings, transplanting, moving things around from window to window. How the heck to know which windowsill is perfect for any of these poor things. It's almost January. If I can keep 'em alive till March I'll have it made.
That's all for now.
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Today in the GardenIt's wet. Very wet. And cool. But not cold.
I released 2 monarchs today (Wednesday). One came out Monday late afternoon. I debated the merits of releasing in the pouring rain. Finally decided not to - filled the cage with cut flowers but she did not appear to have eaten. When I brought her out of the flight cage she was weak and floppy. I placed her on the NE aster and when I was sitting on the back porch she flew up and over the roof. Godspeed.
The second arrived yesterday morning so I assume no worse for the wear. I have a sulfur that needs to be released. A giant optimistic spider has blanketed the side of the porch where my passionflower vines are climbing. Could be another squatter I have to evict.
I have to travel to Raleigh today for a conference this afternoon of the North American Association of Environmental Educators. If I have to miss a day in the garden, at least it's going to be with a bunch of fellow freaks. :D
Sunday, September 11, 2011
BugsToday I found caterpillars eating my Cassia alata. Yay! Court identified them as the Sleepy Orange Sulfur caterpillar. They are a fuzzy emerald green. The biggest is about an inch long. Can't remember how many I counted - less than 5 I think.
Then tonight I found what appears to be a yellow striped armyworm (!) in the box of succulents I brought in from the front porch last week. it was also about an inch long. I put the box back outside. I didn't think I'd do it a favor and put it on my tomato plants.
Court also discovered the first Monarch caterpillar of the season today. Very tiny. I am concerned at the number of aphids, but I remind myself that monarchs have been dealing with aphids on MW from the beginning of time.
I have 11 (?) BST larvae in their cocoons now. I don't know if they will "eclose" or overwinter. Just keeping an eye on them.. There are several still eating, including one across the street at Jennifer's house I gave her to watch with her and the kids.
The garden looks good, considering. August/September has always been the best time anyway. We built a fire in the burner tonight and it was very nice to sit out there in the cooling evening air.
I planted 4 beautyberry (calicarpa) this week as well as the 2 itea virginica which were in pretty rough shape. Maybe being in the ground will do them all well. God knows it's been long enough!
Got 2 Ms. Huff lantana this week from Linda in SC. About to ship 2 oak leaf hydrangea to Melanie in Benton TX. I owe several trades I would like to get them all done this week. Poor folks waiting I am such a heel. :P
Edited to mention that the Hardy Ageratum I dug up from the empty house down the street is doing VERY WELL and I am thrilled to finally have it here. It does look just like the other eupatorium flowers except they are blue. I guess I did plant this at the library garden but I've forgotten how pretty it is. Too bad they killed all the native plants I put in with that heavy wood mulch.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
BSTYesterday I collected more BST caterpillars on the parsley that went to seed months ago. I have 18 cats in various stages of undress and 6 ready to pop they are so fat! Also - the 2 populations look very different, though I'm pretty sure they are all BST. The variation is almost imperceptible but still amazing.
Spent my hour in the garden this morning - very humid - tornado and flood watch today! This is what I wrote in email to Neener:
"Been out there pushing things around. Get mopey when I see the weeds, the big open brown patches of ground with the plants still sort of in seedling stage, the stuff the rats sampled/trampled, the aphids slowly killing my milkweed when I haven't collected one monarch caterpillar yet, the rats, the weeds, oh yeah, I said that already.
But then I see the individual flowers, and the roots where new growth is shooting after the sampling/trampling, the buds on plants that haven't bloomed yet, the colors of "fireworks" goldenrod, coral nymph salvia, hot pink phlox, victoria blue sage, white cosmos, stuff I grew from seed from DG members and plants shipped from them too, bandaging up the "Holy Basil" shrub I'm growing for Court 'cause something broke another low branch, bringing the whole damned pot up onto the porch. Transplanting some new mums that came from broken branches caused by trampling. Poking support stakes into the ground to move a giant patch of brown eyed susans to let some sun in to the tiny aster, the phlox, and the sedum Autumn Joy. The new zinnia growing out of the compost/weed pile which I think is regeneration from a giant yellow zinnia trampled a week or two ago..."
So that was the report from the garden today. I have SO much work to do I hardly know where to start, but I will let it rain outside and see how everything fares tomorrow.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
The evasive Conoclineum colestineum!A neighbor stopped by to encourage me to visit a house down the street which had been vacated recently because a lot of gardening "stuff" had gone to the curb. She knew my BF was looking for a brazier/outdoor burner and had seen just the thing for us. We drove down and picked up several clay pots, other pots and the burner. Just as I was getting ready to get back in her truck, I saw the plant right there at the steps of the vacant house. It was too good to be true!
But I went to the back of her truck and said "I wonder if she has a shovel?" And there it was, so I dug up that plant, full of buds with just one bunch of buds starting to bloom, the plant over 12" tall. I am worried that when I put it into the ground th damned rats will take it, as they have so many things this summer, but it's just a plant, right? So pleased, though. So very pleased. :)
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Today in the garden - Doggone DistractedWell, I am sitting a friend's dog while she is traveling, and the dog is distracting.
She immediately entered my beds along the foundation of the house and began to dig (?!). I didn't like that one bit. The dog is a rescue and I can tell it had been abused by the way it flinches when you go to pat her head. So yelling at it and throwing my empty milk jug at it and trying to drag it out of my plants was probably not good for our relationship.
Still, I got a lot done today. I am desperate to get all my seedlings, starts, trades, and transplants into the ground. I am tired of pushing trays of plants around the back porch to make room for chairs when we want to sit down. I am getting very close to being finished. I am trying to focus on how I can get what I have to perk up or grow faster or rebloom because the heat and certain virus/illness/pests/diseases have caused some mortality and losses this year. There are giant gaping holes in the garden. It also seems like we are getting less sun this year. The pecan tree's boughs are heavy with nuts. Maybe that's why?
But my seedlings aren't growing fast enough to suit me, my milkweeds are turning yellow from drought, more than one plant that was given to me traded or otherwise just don't seem to be thriving and perhaps calling for relocation.
I enjoy reading past posts to see my progress. From what I can remember today here's what I did:
Water by hand from A/C condenser and from rain barrels;
Planted IRIS from RU along South fence;
Plant azalea near back porch;
Plant artemesia near azalea;
Plant Oak leaf hydrangea start at back in line with other two plants;
Hoe/rake clods of soil around rose bushes/pink zinnias to pull weeds;
Toss Thai pepper plants;
Pull/cut butternut squash; :(
Water plants out front and driveway;
Prune tree branches from mulberry and cherry trees;
Transplant pink phlox from back 40/milkcrate to bed beneath hyssop;
Pick up weed piles and refuse/tidy yard.
I need to keep these records, but between the paper journal and the online DG journal, I guess this is easier somehow.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Today in the garden - overdoing it?I was just making a list of the things I did today. Compared with previous days' "sleep all day/roll around in bed" it looks like I maybe overdid it:
Transplant tutti fruiti hyssop
Transplant golden jubilee hyssop
Trans. Mema’s sweet peas to chimney
Stake up giant hyssop at back of yard
Stake up giant hyssop in bed at house
Transplant pincushion flower/scabiosa
Transplant three bellflowers to gate entrance
Transplant cassea alata/Senna to full sun
Transplant 1 A. curassavica
Pull up echinaca
Pull up rudbeckias
Pull up 1 white zinnia/wilt
Move bird feeder
Move hook with chimes to front of yard
Take down bamboo teepee
Water new stuff
Transplant New England Aster from FOTV
Deadhead daisies in Max’s garden
Prune Sweet William
Move tiles from driveway to garden/make path
Bring octagonal hanging feeder to back yard from front yard
Take seed pods off butterfly weed
That's all I can think of for now. It was a mild, pretty day. I don't think we broke 90 deg. I was liberal with the deep woods off sportsman spray, which I gave up on last year, but it seemed to help earlier in the day. Towards the end of the day out there, I started getting chewed and knew it was time to come in.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Today in the garden - seed theif!Last night Court, who normally does not take notice of such things said, "don't know if you want to set up the sprinkler tonight, or what." Last night I didn't. But when he left for work this morning I saw it was 830 and made for the garden. Best get out there early, I thought.
While I was looking after Snoopy in the front yard I noticed that my plants at the mailbox looked a little thin, tidy even. A closer look revealed that someone had, indeed, come in the night and STOLE my tired brown snapdragon stems loaded with seed that I had been waiting to harvest. I was livid! I took my shears and a bag and removed what little was left to harvest. I suppose I should be flattered. The plants were magnificent. Imitation is the highest form of flattery ain't it? Looks like they took some deadheads of the coreopsis too. -sigh-
About the backyard... Things look pretty good, considering. Court has been kind, staking and deadheading for me while I'm down. Last week or the week before (losing my mind/time) I asked if we could cut down my hollyhocks before the rain came one day. The rust is spread by rain, and a single plant that had been halved at the base by storm/wind/rain was actually sending up pretty new leaves. I'd debated for months about how to handle the rust. All treatments said to start when the plants were at "seedling" stage. Maybe (!?) I can control it this way. OR maybe I should just dig them up and be done with them. I told Court that's what I'd decided to do. I can use the extra space, and for sure I don't need to have such high-maintenance plants. I hate that. Some of those roots are many years old. :/
I digress. I picked up the sprinkler to attach to the hose. Court had attached a spray nozzle I did not recognize, but I decided it would spray farther and more directly than the sprinkler, so I used it instead. I watered all the beds "enough." I saw some things that need doing, and I planned to make a list. I was wearing shorts in the garden, which I never do, and forced myself to transcend the mosquito bite itching until I was done watering. I finished within the hour and came in before 10 I think.
Went back out on the porch just to look for not more than 10 minutes later in the morning/early afternoon. By then it was hot enough to make me feel almost dizzy. Not good for a gal in my condition. So I came back in, made a call to cancel a doctor's appointment for this evening, and laid myself back down in bed. Napping when Court came home. Napping when he left for the gym. Napping when I woke just before 730 and holy cow! How did it get to be so late.?!
Ran over to see Billy. I may go back out to check the water situation on the front porch. I will water down the driveway tomorrow.
Monday, July 11, 2011
Today in the gardenI understand it is/was hot out there, though I haven't even looked out the windows in that direction for several reasons.
Mainly, illness. Kidney infection has become highly annoying now that I am feeling better, but I know I need to heed dr's instructions. Especially in this weather. My hand injury must be coming along because I hardly notice any ouch at all. Of course, I haven't done much of anything at all for over a week. That may account for it.
I am very disturbed on a basic level about the critter population in the yard. I decided to stop feeding everything entirely. Of course I only buy seed so I can feed the birds. Like most gardeners, I expect the squirrels to eat like pigs. I expect the rabbits to come from the side yards, the possum to putter thru at night, perhaps an occasional raccoon, chipmunks.
When I lived at the condo the cats could go out on the concrete pad inside the privacy fence that enclosed the small yard. When it was just her, Toots would bring in an occasional bird. And vole. :/
Voles were my first "rodents" in the garden. Now I have brown rats. Last year there were several. This year the population has exploded, and I've watched with fascinated horror as they have climbed up and under and into space under the ancient siding on this old rental house. They have dug a super highway through the yard, along the retaining walls of either side of the yard.
Last year I made a decision to feed the crows cracked corn in the side yard to ward off the hawk(s) that liked to prey on my bird feeders. So I made nice with the crows and continued that practice, feeding them and ultimately their babies in the back of my yard on the ground. Corn. the scraps. cat food. whatever. The rats apparently accepted the invitation to dine and invited their friends.
Now that I have stopped feeding completely, I lay here with my kidney infection, I hear the crows in the morning lined up on the fence calling me. The jays and cardinals and woodpeckers and doves. It saddens me. I know the squirrels have suffered too. And the poor, stupid rats. Now they are fanning back out to wherever they were before, but in greater numbers. The few people I know in the neighborhood have broadcast to the world that I am feeding rats at my house and the ones that have appeared at others' homes in contiguous yards are "my" rats. I do now feel responsible for their welfare.
We have noted the absence of the natural predator(s) in the area. Maybe the crows will let the hawks come back too.
Feels sad in the garden, even though I'm not there.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Today in the gardenWell, the specialist told me I could take the brace off at home and use my hand. I am - gingerly - and aching and hurting all the way. So I put my brace back on - and still ache and hurt. I am concerned now that my hand/wrist may be broken (!) but only time will tell. My follow up appointment with the specialist is 6/27. Until then . . . I take it easy in the garden.
Last Saturday (or was it Sunday!?) I thought I'd go easy and plant some seeds. So within a few days the tri-color morning glory seeds were up, then the orange cosmos, then the texas black ornamental grass, calendula, now the "snow nymph" Salvia, a single White Swan echinacea, ooo - 2 or 3 Waltham Butternut Squash, and maybe a damned tropical milkweed (finally). I will have to get a list here, but the ones I am waiting for are my daisy fleabane, white wood aster, stokes aster, verbena bonariensis, ratibidia, stuff . . ...
I am only planting six packs or single 4" containers with one or two seeds in each. With the garden space becoming limited, one or two of each should be all I need! I am not finished yet either. I am still working on trades for various odd seeds. Not working very hard at it, what with the hand and all. Plus the heat has been a deterrent.
I have 2 of the candlestick Senna plants coming up from where I sowed them a month or more ago - that's exciting! My only mexican sunflower volunteer died after I transplanted it. O well. I will have to dig to find the seed heads I saved. I can't believe with that many flowers and seeds that I only got 1 volunteer.
The swamp milkweed has bloomed already and seedpods are formed. I asked Bobby from Butterfly Encounters if I could cut the pods and whether they would flower again. His answer wasn't terribly encouraging, but not to cut them back more than half-way. What if there are eggs on them? Hmmm.
Transplanted some pink celosia from where I sowed them along my flagstone path through the garden. I also thinned the pink and white zinnias in their beds and re-potted those that I pulled. I have not thinned the yellow zinnias yet, but they are very large, very dense, and have had the greatest germination of any of the 3 that I sowed.
There are a fair amount of cosmos from the pink and magenta that I sowed along the flagstone path among the hyssop. We will also have abundant cleome, pink sage, other stuff. HA. Other stuff.
I brought home dried bamboo tonight from Tracie's house. The pile had gotten smaller and I thought if I didn't make a giant effort tonight that it might not be there when I get around to it. So I wore my left hand out clipping side shoots off the dried bamboo. Billy really really loved the grape vine leaves I brought to him. Poor thing - he is eat up with flies or mosquitoes or both. I have to figure out how to help him. I thought that raking his turds up and away might reduce the number of flies. But back in that area there are also so many containers and places where water will gather and mosquitoes will lay eggs. Poor fockker.
Well, that's it for the garden today. We had a little rain yesterday and will have some more tonight. A little bit is better than none!
Friday, June 10, 2011
Today in the garden - underwing moth!How could I forget?
Most of my day was eat up trying to identify this monster. Finally, at the end of the day, several sources came to the same conclusion.
underwing moth caterpillar, possibly Catocala ilia.
The NC Museum of Natural Science recommended that it might like oak, so I drove around the neighborhood till I found a stretch with several kinds of oak there, and I placed it on Q. phellos. I hope it survives, but that I found it in the bird bath/water dish makes me think it may have been carried there by a bird. It did not appear to have been harmed, but it was motionless for most of our time together.
Also - the bee balm has just started to bloom its sweet pink blooms, above the pink coneflower and behind the gorgeous purple/green of the chocolate eupatorium. It is just gorgeous with the chasmanthemum latifolium behind it too.
I am pleased with the garden, and it's hardly just begun!!!
Monday, May 30, 2011
Today in the gardenWith my injured hand, I have both (1) pretended to be nursing it and overusing it (2) tried to nurse it and overusing it (3) worked with and without the brace and had an okay day without feeling like I'd overdone it.
It's frustrating to have this time off and not be able to WORK!
I pulled weeds today in Max's Memory Garden.
I set the sprinkler on this evening after sundown. It was 103 in the sun today by our weather gauge. Going to be warmer still tomorrow.
I transplanted the succulents I bought at the Farmers' market finally. Court brought me 7 bags of Scotts topsoil which I love, and I am getting down to business.
I have tons of plants to work with from the RU in southern VA over the weekend, seeds to start (feel like such a slacker), soil to amend, beds to start/create, mulching, transplanting, bug rearing, OY!
I transplanted the purple milkweed finally into 4" cups from their humble milkjug(s). I ended up with about 15 seedlings. There are approximately 36 of the A. exalta. None of the A. curasavica came up for me yet, and the single Tithonia volunteer collapsed after I transplanted it to the center of the yard. :/
Not to fear! I am just getting started. I am pleased because the cuttings I took from the African purple basil (also from Farmers' mkt) took and I have 4 starts transplanted to pots now.
Someone somehow broke one of the new tiny oakleaf hydrangeas. I found it just in time to pick up and try to root the 6" branch that went down. The cuttings are beautiful and standing up straight, even the new growth. May have more of these than I can accommodate!
Doubt it. I love that plant.
Must transplant the chocolate eupatorium to the shade. They are just not going to work where they are - the high noon sun is too much for them, even though it passes over and they are in the shade for the rest of the day.
Lots to do! Maybe I should go to bed to get up early and get a lot done before the heat comes up. OR I could stay up late and get up early and do the same thing. OR... Anyway. Lots to do.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Homework done. Good Riddance.Now I can get back to the REAL work in my life - the garden.
I transplanted 8 large cherry peppers and what looks like 5 or 6 jelly bean tomatoes that were packaged for 2007! So happy - I LOVED them so and disappointed i didn't get any last year.
Been raining/cloudy for days. Just want to nap, but I have neglected so many things, including nap time.
Speaking of nap - here I come. :)
Hell. Who is ringing my doorbell?
HA! It's my birdfeeder trade from Fruity. As I was pulling things out I kept saying "no way O my God!" geez. Makes you feel a little self-conscious, but like my new friend Deanna whose membership got paid for by an anonymous angel, these people are the ones I want around me. :)
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Today in the gardenSowed the following:
*purity cosmos and purity zinnia in Max garden, monarch garden
*pink celosia - aside stone path on left
*tithonia - next to tithonia transplant
*pink zinnia - behind yellow rosebushes
*yellow zinnia - next to Court's sundial
*Pink and Magenta cosmos - behind sedum on right side of stone path towards back
*purple majesty millet - in front of RR tie, behind echinacea
* Rudbeckia hirta, "Cherry Brandy" behind EE, next to Rudbeckia patch
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Today in the garden - watering seedlingsIt's been a while since I made an entry, but I've been in the garden every day of course!
While I am losing my gourd with schoolwork, I open up DG for some solace. :)
In the garden I am looking for sprouts from seeds I've strewn and volunteers from other years. It's amazing the number of hyssop sprouts. I am also astounded that for their giant size and sheer numbers I only have seen one tithonia/mexican sunflower. I am guarding it from marauding rabbits and rats by covering it with a milk jug.
I finished planting the 3 yellow roses for Max's memorial. I also managed an oakleaf hydrangea and a white azalea from my work with HT through PPI. I had to stop working in favor of schoolwork. I hate missing the spring season at the HT stores for Rockwell. :/
As it is, the garden is growing by leaps and bounds. We've had a few warmish days and not much water. The new bed near the porch needs more soil and mulch to keep the coneflowers from wilting.
The Asclepias exalta are in their 2" containers, and the A. purpurescens are still in milk jug flats with the possibility of more seeds to sprout. Maybe will plant them in their 2" pots over the weekend?
I am in the middle of trying to start wisteria cuttings. The hibiscus cuttings are showing signs of new growth (yay!) as were the wisteria. I moved everything into a larger plastic case and hope that improves things/hastens them along.
Now must stop, but love the garden, hardly ever want to leave. :)
Monday, April 18, 2011
Today in the garden - Monarch and RabbitI spent a LOT of time there today. So much for productivity on my homework.
Though I did have a Monarch siting AND a baby bunny rabbit. :)
I have also been sowing seeds directly to the ground. I haven't done that before I don't think. But I have a lot of seed and a lot of space. I also feel I am running out of time to start seeds, which is silly I know. But with the crazy Monarch already laying eggs on my milkweed which is barely out of the ground! I need to get a move on.
Fortunately, the A. exalta has done very well. Planted those in Milkjugs in March or Feb (?). There are at least 30 seedlings now between 1"-3" high.
The A. purpuraescens have not fared as well. They did not germinate as quickly as the A. exalta, and germination rate has been very low. I don't think there are much more than 10 seedlings. Moisture may have been a factor (or lack). In any event, I will keep the jugs sealed for another week or so, or at least till the existing seedlings get a little taller. Not much more than 1" high.
Castor bean seeds (3) in the back 40.
Senna Alata/Candlestick Plant (~10)
Moonshine branching sunflower seeds behind coneflowers in the new bed
Malva in the new bed in and around the coreopsis
Cosmos - "bright lights" just around the hyssop in the center beds (VERY old seed)
Oklahoma Mixed Zinnia around hyssop in center beds
Cosmos - Purity White - among the dusty miller in Max's Memorial
I think I will take great care with the milkweed seeds and plant them in individual containers as before. And better get them fast with the critters laying eggs already!!!
Monday, April 11, 2011
Today in the gardenNo planting today - was a good doobie this morning and sat at my desk working until I had to drive to Raleigh.
However, the sweetest tulips opened today, about 7 at once although I see more getting ready to open.
They are a purply/pink/burgundy color with pointy petals, a white rim around the top of the cup, curly leaves - I will post a picture here as soon as I can get one. I don't want to let them die down without getting a photo!!!
Watered tonight - those transplants will need soil amendments and probably daily watering with the sun and heat coming up. Court says more rain tomorrow. I emptied one of the rain barrels and set it up to refill.
I am going to GARDEN on Wednesday because I am being so productive. :D
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Seeds SownBusy avoiding my GIS homework, I set seeds out in pots, the new "greenhouse", and other areas about the yard several packets of seed.
Bells of Ireland (how the hell old are those seeds?!)
Will have to begin the new garden sketch so I can keep track of everything. Now where is that notebook for the garden . . ...
OH! Also planted some purple violets in among the tickseed which I think will be very pretty. :D
Addendum: I cut those violets down today because they are overgrowing everything else!!! 5/29/11
Friday, April 8, 2011
TransplantsBeen moving things around. Still have not started any other seeds but the two Asclepias.
This week I moved coneflowers, solidago, sedum.
The tulips I planted in February are blooming!
The A. incarnata are coming up. Have transplanted one from the drive into the monarch habitat. Will pull the other one from the driveway this weekend.
Sprayed hollyhocks with Milk/water per DGs post for fungus. Cut ookie leaves and disposed of them in a sealed plastic bag. Added topsoil to improve soil conditions around the hollyhocks. They look marvey!
Started trading! :D
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Haves and Have nots (trade lists)[[email protected]]
Friday, April 1, 2011
SUN!!!It's been raining for what seems like forever. Cold too!
Today the sun is shining, and there's not a cloud in the sky. It's a bit chilly, but it will warm to a whopping 59 deg.! :)
I read some of the posts here about spring chores, and I walked around this morning seeing things that I wanted to do before the rain came. I can even see the growth spurt some of the plants have been through.
Last year things got too big to move, or so I thought, so I left them where they are. This season I thought maybe they would just have to get a haircut when they are moved to their new location(s).
I have two Bugbane to plant in Max's Memorial. I hope the critters don't dig up my space for Max. I suppose I have to start it first.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
First entryI have a paper record of 2010's garden including diagrams and maps. I don't think I can upload any of that, except maybe as a scan/photo? I am excited about the third season at the new house and expect the garden to be super-spectacular this year. I have already started moving perennials around and started some seeds. I would have liked to start a lot of seeds in March, but with the rain and school and and and I have only got 12 milkjugs of 2 species of asclepias/milkweed for the Waystation.
Still, spring in the garden gives me a sense of optimism that I lack once the cold weather drives me indoors in late November. Welcome back spring. I am glad to see ya. :)