This year, winter doesn't seem to want to leave. It's the middle of April and, not only do we still have patches of snow and ice on the ground, it was snowing yesterday! Mixed with all of the snow we've been getting have been days and days of rain so my lawn and gardens are underwater in places in back. I just hope some of this water is able to absorb down where it's needed and not run off due to frost still being in the ground.
Today it's in the 50s and a bit breezy with very scarce sunshine, but at least I was able to
get outdoors and start cleaning away debris from my gardens. We also have twigs and branches all over from the ice storm last week [see photo of ice on my birch tree]. Sandy Dog Carter is visiting this week so she and I were able to get quite a lot done out in the dry parts of the back gardens this afternoon. It wasn't a lot, but the parts that were cleaned out look ready for sunshine and warm weather!
Because of the drought last summer, I had a lot of damage and lost a lot of plants that need replacing this year. And I want to fill in with a ton of annuals and herbs, so I'm getting a little impatient!
Not having good luck with the seed starting this year. I don't know if the potting mix is poor or the seeds are poor or what the problem is. I've had to reseed two and three times for some of the plants.
However, should we ever get good weather, I will have the following to plant:
- Blue hydrangea that I bought at Easter (still blooming -- it's gorgeous. See photo at right)
- Maroon calla lily that I also bought at Easter
- 10 Astilbe bare roots that I got at Sam's Club
- 2 Elephant Ear bulbs
- 2 Agapanthus that were bulbs that I put in soil and they're doing beautifully
- 3 Siberian Iris that were also bulbs that I put in soil and are also really doing well
- 2 Arum bulbs that are in soil but doing absolutely nothing
- 1 Amaryllis bulb that was beautiful at Christmas and I intend to plant it outside so see what happens this year
- 70 plants that have been ordered from Springhill
- 42 plants that have been pre-ordered from the Master Gardener plant sale
- 2 Bells of Ireland
- 1 Cleome & 1 Butterfly Weed (both are pretty small & weak, though)
- 10 pots of multiple sprouts of Coleus. I should be able to get at least 30 or 40 Coleus from these sprouts.
- 5 Hollyhock & 5 Flowering Tobacco (not looking real strong at this point)
- 4 Morning Glory
- 4 tomatoes (and I intend to buy a bush tomato as well)
- 6 assorted zinnias
- 10 assorted sunflowers
- 10 assorted marigolds
- large container of multiple sprouts of Snapdragons. Probably 30-40 plants.
- large amount of basil and cilantro. Parsley isn't showing up so I might have to buy that.
Once again, though, Mother Nature seems to be in charge!