May 24, 2018
11 days ago I planted this tomato seedling after accidentally severing it from its root ball. I buried as much of the stem as I could and did my best to keep the soil moist. Tomatoes can grow new root systems, but the biggest hurdle to clear was keeping the plant hydrated enough to avoid vascular collapse long enough for rooting to occur. Think of it like cut flowers in a vase; the stem alone can draw water for a few days, but eventually the flowers wilt.
As you can see, the plant is alive and healthy today! It’s still quite small as all its available energy has had to go toward growth below the soil, but it should take off soon. Meanwhile my father-in-law’s plant is fully 2 feet tall 😅
Anemones are blooming! This one’s called ‘Sylphide’ and is a very dramatic magenta against the deep merlot of the ‘Black Hero’ tulips. Zoom in to see all the cool details!
This ‘Perfect Lady’ narcissus greeted me on the way out the door this morning. It’s lovely to see the bulbs I planted last fall starting to bloom after a dreary spring.
April 23, 2018
Added these beauties to my deck garden today, Baby Senetti ‘True Blue’ and calibrachoa ‘Creamsicle’.
Not too many flowers come in really blue blues like this, and I had to stop myself from posting four hundred photos of the same flower from infinitesimally different angles.
April 5, 2018
First batch sprouting, second batch sown.
Mar 31, 2018
It’s time to start tomatoes!
I like to experiment, so I like to try a new variety every year. Starting with seeds gives you more options than waiting for seedlings from the garden centre, so every year I end up with a whole packet of tomato seeds when I only need one plant.
So I plant one for myself, and one for my mom, and for my father-in-law, and then I still have a handful left. This year I thought “oh, maybe Coworker A will want one!” and sure enough he did, so then I thought well, perhaps Coworkers B and C might also, I know they garden too. I posed the question in our Coworker group chat, and long story short…
I’m now growing eleven tomatoes.
Flowers this gorgeous deserve close-ups!
March 6, 2018
Bulbs + containers
I have a beautiful ceramic pot that sits on my front step year-round. It’s the perfect size for the plain plastic grower’s pots my favourite garden centre sells, so I have a rotating pair of pots I swap out. Last summer’s skeletons got replaced this weekend with a fresh pot of crocus, iris, and narcissus. I planted the bulbs last October, and they overwintered on my back deck, protected by an upside-down tomato cage wrapped in frost blanket.
I’ve also filled my big rectangular self-watering planter with tulips, anemones, and gladiolus. I used a couple of plexiglass sheets and some pot toes to make a simple cold frame to keep the soil temperature up a little through the winter. It looks like the tulips are on their way up at least!
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