Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - May 2019

I’ve been busy with work, gardening and just enjoying watching everything grow. No captions today, because my laptop has decided not to work and Blogger doesn’t work so well from an iPad. There are lots of irises, my first peony of the year, and a blue poppy popped out in the rain today.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for the mid-month roundup!

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - April 2019

Flowering currant

Spring got off to a late start here in the pacific northwest, but now it's progressing as usual - rain, some wind, warm days, cold days, and something new in bloom every time I go outside.

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for her monthly roundup of blooms. I'm a day early because I'm travelling for work this week, but determined to not miss this month!

Wood sorrel
Wild strawberries
Flowering currant
Bleeding hearts
Anemone coronaria
Daffodils are fading but still nice
Maybe my favorite daffodil
Rock cress, mostly grown from seed
Lewisia bloomed all winter, through the snow and cold

I didn't remember all of these tulips! They don't last for years like daffodils, have to keep planting more.

Tulip 'Angelique'

What's next? Lilacs and camas! And peony buds this early?!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Winter sowing 2019

I dabbled with winter sowing in 2017, using row accelerator covers, which are sturdier row covers with mesh tops to let in water. I ended up with some good new plants but also a lot that died or were eaten; I think the slugs figured out how to sneak under the cover.

The covers don't really have the same greenhouse effect as smaller containers, so this year I wanted to try "real" winter sowing with plastic jugs. We don't drink much milk, but I had also been wanting to try watering some indoor plants with filtered water. At 99 cents/gallon, that was a pretty cheap easy source for jugs. (For the record, I didn't notice any difference in the health of my indoor plants using filtered water vs. chlorinated tap water).

I started the first four jugs January 6 and continued planting a few a week through February 2. They are all flowers, mostly west coast natives, to fill in areas around the yard:
  • Springbank clover, trifolium wormskioldi
  • Checkermallow, sidalcea campestris
  • English daisy, bellis perrenis
  • Hedge nettle, stachys cooleyae
  • Delphinium, Pacific Giant mix
  • Bee balm, bergamo variety
  • Sweet peas, Lord Nelson
  • Alyssum, royal carpet
  • Chinese houses, collinsia heterophyla
  • Desert bells, phacelia campanularia
  • Harebell, campanula rotundifolia (old seeds)
  • Farewell to spring, clarkia amoena
  • Bird's eye, gilia tricolor
  • Globe gilia, gilia capitata
  • Baby blue eyes, nemophila menziesii
  • Baby five spot, nemophila maculata

I saw sprouts in less than 3 weeks, the English daisy and alyssum were first.

Then, we got snow, and more snow.  A lot of snow that stuck around, with temperatures much colder than normal. I wasn't worried about the snow because it will insulate plants in cold weather, but I was afraid the seeds that were already sprouted wouldn't survive the cold nights.

But when the snow finally melted enough to peak inside, the seedlings were just fine.

And as the snow melted and temperatures started to warm up, more seeds have been sprouting. 

We had an inch of wet snow again this morning (last gasp of winter, we all hope), and the seedlings are just fine! I'm looking forward to seeing how quickly they grow once it really starts to feel like spring.

Chilly March 7th

I am also using the row accelerator cover for most of the same seeds because I wanted to compare them. For the most part, the seeds in the jugs have sprouted first and are larger, but the seeds under the cover aren't too far behind!

Friday, February 15, 2019

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day - February 2019

Hamamelis 'Diane'

All of us who talked about what a mild winter we were having in January are surely to blame for the weather now. We already broke the all time record for snowfall for February in Seattle, and likely will end up with the coldest February on record. The snow is melting though, plants emerging a little bedraggled, a broken branch or two, but everything in my yard will recover. Spring is coming, just a little slower than I thought a month ago!

Thanks to Carol at May Dreams Gardens for hosting this monthly meme so we can take vicarious pleasure in pictures from warmer climates, or perhaps have slight satisfaction in seeing that there's always someplace with worse weather.  

Hamamelis 'Diane'
Snow drops sprung right up after the snow melted in this area
Snow drops
Helleborus 'Pink Frost'
Helleborus 'Cinnamon Snow' should spring back up
Camellia 'Yuletide', not sure if the remaining buds survive
Primroses are still buried

Indoors, one African violet is blooming, plus my newest plant baby, an anthurium:

What's next? Daffodils outside, amaryllises indoors!