Sunday, 10 March 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all...and a special one for my wonderful Mom, who I will be thinking about all day...and will have some chocolate just for you!  I hope to celebrate it next year for both of us!

From Mom's Favourite Place...Ajijic, Mexico

Mom's 80th Birthday 2009

Friday, 8 March 2013

Saints and Seeders.....

As I am no saint, I must be a seeder.  In fact, one of my seed packages comes from seedaholic!  Ok, I had my next bolt of energy and I planted the following in the new Super Seven heated bed (see previous article)
Near the Summerhouse in Sweden

  • more Swedish chives
  • Tithonia from Seedaholic
  • Wild Rocket from Franchi
  • More Candulas (only one came up from last batch?)
  • Purpler Basile (Franchi)
  • Purple Cow Parsley
  • Lettuce Leaf Basil (pelleted unwins gro-sure)
  • Dill
I never have luck with Dill!  I cant give up...because I love dill potatoes, Swedish style!  You noticed there are 8? I accidentally combined the basil!!  So I will have green and purple coming up....good thing the tubs are large!

Now, the more painful part...starting to pot on....determining what needs to go in little pots and what goes outside!  This weekend I will get my raised beds ready, and cover them and put out some of the more hardy seedlings (kale, etc) underneath them...if they die, I shall learn!!! Some I will put in the mini-green houses...this is where I have to keep my labeling and relabelling in check before it becomes a big mess! I did get some tidy potting on containers half price so we shall see if it keeps me organized!!!

Ok, time to put the plants to bed and sleep!  Sweet dreams to the wicked....sowing the seeds of success! LOL!

Monday, 4 March 2013

Too busy or refreshing? New web site look....

Please let me know how you like the new template.....its a bit busy....but I wanted something off the standard, and dont know how to design my own these days...(although I used to!).  Be honest!!


Sunday, 3 March 2013

Things are getting woolly! Part 2

It doesn't look like much...perhaps a bit peculiar, but this is what the dark wool looks like in was unwashed wool, and I didn't need to use as much as I thought I would need!  I did 7
 baskets---yes 7!  I emptied all of the soil out of them clogged with roots and will use them to fill the potato bags, and used the potato bag dirt for the hanging baskets!

Later I will add gel and fertilzer, and add the pansies I will receive...
Viola x wittrockiana (perennial pansies) that will trail out of these nice baskets around the house, garage, and gameroom! 

I decided to use perennials, to make it simpler and not worry about planting twice a year....will see how they look! If nothing else grows, these will!  the dark wool blends well, don't you think?

Friday, 1 March 2013

The bane of my existence! Lionsbane :)

Ok, I couldnt resist.... I went to a plant store...only to go to the farmer's market.....and innocently enough I got a couple of plants I hadnt seen before....

I am always looking for shade tolerant plants....and found one.  In the UK, it may be considered a little weedy (in fact I believe the it is recently known as a weed)...but I see flowers in shady places!!!  It is also good for fillers with bulbs....and that sounded like a plus.

I tried using a share link to blogger from a site that describes it better.....first time for that!

I am happy....I  have seen some descriptions that it blooms spring to summer....we shall see...I have heard April to June...and quite hardy! 

Hope you have a little sunshine in your weekend!  On my sunshine list is also St. John's Wort (Hypericum)...its shade hardy too....very tempted....common, but so many varieties, and so nice when in bloom!

Ok, more seeds to plant this weekend, some to transplant....getting my raised beds covered so I can plant hardy lettuces...and snail proofem...oh, and get the hanging baskets ready using the wool I just got!

Love this flower! Doronicum ‘Little Leo’. Love this website!

Love this flower! Doronicum ‘Little Leo’. Love this website!