I got two of those grocery store miniature roses for my birthday this year – they’re really sweet but (I find) almost impossible to keep alive, let alone blooming, indoors. Roses want a lot of water, and the tiny pots they come in just aren’t adequate. I kept them alive long enough for the weather to warm up and then repotted them outside – if they’re anything like last year’s (overwintered and just leafing out) they’ll be happy as clams!
I also seeded my regular wildflower planters with a combination of local mixes designed to attract bees and hummingbirds, and planted two pots with nasturtiums – one with a multicolour mix and one with Empress of India, which should be a nice intense red.
In a few weeks when the garden stores have their full selection of annuals I’ll be picking some for the railing planters and maybe some herbs too, but I’m scaling back operations this year – I’m pregnant and due in early September, so I don’t imagine I’ll be up for much more than watering this summer!
ugh. UGH. It just keeps going! We got almost a foot of snow last night, with more expected this afternoon. It’s not supposed to warm up through next week and maybe beyond. My poor, poor, flattened anemones.
Winters out here are typically pretty mild; we get a couple days of snow per year, usually. Temps rarely go below -1, -2 ish. A couple of years ago we had snow that lingered for…a week, maybe? And it was kind of a big deal. The coldest I can ever remember it being was about -10, and that was definitely a big deal. Meanwhile the rest of Canada rolls their eyes at us.
Well, after a maybe-slightly-milder-than-average December/January we’re catching the fringe of the polar vortex and are expecting several days of unusually cold weather. Of course, my rose already has tiny new leaves growing and my early spring bulbs are fully up. The anemones even have flowerbuds out. I’ve covered the rose with an upside-down tomato cage and a shrub cover, and made the bulbs a little lean-to of sheet acrylic draped with row cover. That should at least keep any snow and the worst of the frost off, and hopefully they’ll pull through. Everything else is on its own!
Today was a beautiful fall day, and I took advantage of the sunshine to plant my spring bulbs.
Lots of sunset colours caught my eye this year, so we now have one planter filled with two types of orangey-pink tulips plus white hyacinths and another featuring orange and black striped crocuses, white narcissus with pink and yellow coronas, and blue hyacinths for contrast.
Then we have these gorgeous, gorgeous red-purple anemones that I’ve paired with dwarf irises and white narcissus.
I can’t wait to see everything in the spring! Most of these bulbs will bloom March/April, with some hanging on into May and the crocuses starting in February.
Wildflower & railroad
These pretty blue flowers are chicory, which are about as native to the area as the disused train tracks they’re overtaking. Chicory was brought from Europe to North America by settlers because the roots make a sort of coffee substitute.
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