Monday, April 30, 2012

Gardening with Tulle

First, it was glitter, now more girly-girl additions to the garden beds. This tulle is protecting the snow peas and sugar snap peas just peeking through the soil. Blackbirds love to eat these tender sprouts, so hopefully, the tulle to protect the young plants.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mr. and Mrs. Quail

They've been singing love songs.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Planting Potatoes with Glitter

Added some sparkle to encourage these spuds to grow. We dug a slight depression in the soil, tossed in the seed potatoes, sprinkled glitter, and then piled soil on top. As soon as they start to emerge, we'll pile more soil on top. This makes it easier to find the potatoes at harvest time.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


A robin is building a condo on the downspout. This is "day 1" of the project.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Seedling Update

Three seeds didn't sprout - a tomato, a zinnia and the Gerber daisy. The mortgage lifter tomatoes were first to sprout - after just three days. The packet of seeds is at least 13 years old. I had doubts they were still viable. Sweet 100 is a cherry tomato. Zinnias, other tomato varieties, lobelia, cosmos, basil and cilantro will be ready for outdoor-planting about the 3rd week of May. I'll start the second round of seeds this weekend: cucumbers, squash, pumpkins and more zinnias and cosmos.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Grape Hyacinth

Otherwise called muscari.

Fountain Weeping Cherry Blossom

The cherry tree is putting on a show right now.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Strange Lobelia "Seeds"

Someone gave me a packet of lobelia seeds, so I gave them a try. I was doubtful because the "seeds" are really just dust. The directions said to spread the seeds on top of the soil. Well, it worked. Microscopic plants have sprouted.

Sunday, April 1, 2012


Strawberries are waking up, too. And my poor rooster. He looks like a chicken because his comb fell off. I'm sure it's hiding somewhere in the strawberries. I intend to glue him back together.