What a wonderful few days we have had here in the hills
this week. The sun was shining bright and with temperatures reading 66 degrees it was time to head outdoors.
I took down the winter decorations of the sled, snowmen,
and “Welcome Winter” and “Let It Snow” signs down and
decorated the front porch in Spring wreaths, flowers, flag
and a sign stating “Welcome Spring”.
I wanted to get rid of the winter decor in the hopes that the
cold and snow would stay away and welcome in the warmer
temps and sunshine. Hope it works LOL!
These are some of the goodies that I got Friday at the Home
and Garden Show. I picked up a little bird and one giant
Honey bee. A bronze colored humming bird yard stake.
A pretty little bulb container and two Caladium bulbs
of white with green variegations for this summer’s shade.
A visit to the secondhand store in Lancaster had this
white ceramic bunny which will add a little to Spring
decorating and another basket for planting flowers
in this summer. Always looking for those baskets. LOL!
A stop at the Meijer’s store did not have the primroses
I was hoping to get but they did have a pot of three different
colors of Kalanchoe in one pot of red, pink and white,
that I can divide into three pots and a beautiful miniature
I hand been admiring Robin’s from ’Life in Robin’s
Nest’ and Kate’s at High Altitude Gardening miniature
roses so I grabbed up this little yellow one.
The miniature yellow “Cupido” rose was placed in a blue and
white pot and brightens up the living room with a touch of
spring. The tag on the rose stated that it was cultivated in
Canada which was a surprise that it was not a locally grown
flower. So thank you Canada for the rose!
The Spring like weather also brought in some new visitors
to the yard. The first Robins returned along with the evil
looking Grackles, buzzards and a Red Winged Black bird
visited the feeder on its way through.
I was so excited to see a pair of Blue Birds checking out
one of the new Blue bird houses that I was falling all
over myself to get to the camera. They must have approved
the new house because they promptly took up housekeeping.
Well I am glad to report the squirrels survived eating my
chili and were back looking for what other leftovers had
been tossed out.
Do you think it was begging for more of my chili ? LOL!
The seedlings are growing nicely and I transplanted some
into bigger pots yesterday. Some of the flowers growing now
in the little greenhouse are:
Petunia’s: Blue Ice, Fancy Dress, Purple Wave,
White Wave, and a double Burgundy Cascade.
Pelargoniums: Raspberry Ripple, Red Ice, Apple-blossom
Verbena: Peaches & Cream, Burgundy, and Purple & White.
Gazania White Flame.
Milkweed & Ornamental Okra (thanks Darla)
Larkspur Shades of Blue (thanks Catherine)
Hibiscus (thanks April)
Hibiscus Blue River II (thanks Donna)
Red Poppy (thanks Tatyana)
Nicotinia red & dark pink.
Daisy Crazy Shasta
Coneflower White Swan
Yarrow Cerise Queen
I also sowed some more seeds yesterday some
of which were:
Lavatera Hot Pink
Red Leafed Hibiscus
French Vanilla Marigold
Cerithe Major (thanks Robin)
Impatiens: Tutu Red & White, Rose Parade Rose
& a mixed seed from last years Impatiens.
Have any of you gotten an empty pack of seeds before?
I went to sow the Rose Parade White Impatiens and it
was empty, no seeds or packet inside of seeds.
So off went an email to Burpee Seeds. LOL!
I am fast running out of space so may have to
sow some of the seeds outdoors this spring because
I still have many seeds yet to plant. I always end up
with more seeds than room to grow them indoors
even when I refrain from sowing the whole packs.
I hope all of you are enjoying warmer temperatures
too and are getting anxious to plant some seeds.
Happy Gardening Everyone !