Saturday, March 31, 2012

Tomato Cages

Painted two of them bright purple (leftover kiddo bedroom paint) last weekend. I have a few more to paint and hope to find "mistake paints" at the local store to give them the treatment.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Egyptian Walking Onions

All is going according to plan. The babies were planted in the autumn, and they grew a little before dying back. They should be set to "walk" later this year.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Oriental Poppy

It's on its way to being monstrous, I'm sure. Giant, papery blossoms will happen quickly. Then, the foliage dies back until next year.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Leaf Composting

It was time last weekend to turn over the leaf compost. Autumn leaves were shredded with the mower and heaped on the garden beds. I worked them into the soil. Next, I'll test the soil pH and fertility levels and make adjustments over the next few weeks. Potatoes, snow peas and beets will be the first plantings.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Rose Hip

Got a start on pruning the roses last weekend...

Monday, March 26, 2012

Another Garden Makeover

Still had some spray paint left after the flamingo re-do, so I spruced up a rusted sign...and also discovered that the chives are alive and kickin'.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Flamingo Makeover

Found some purple spray paint in the garage, and decided this faded flamingo needed a color blast.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Yellow Christmas Cactus

Yeah, I know there's some kind of special care to make sure these plants bloom for Christmas only. But I treat them like all the other houseplants, so they bloom whenever they feel like it. The reds just finished their cycle.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

New Feeder Visitors

Two black-capped chickadees at the front yard platform feeder this morning. First time I've seen them in the yard.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Pine Siskins and Goldfinches

I used to think pine siskins were American goldinches in winter colors. Left to right: pine siskin, pine siskin, goldfinch, goldfinch, pine siskin.