Dec 27, 2009 | 12:33 PM PST
Earlier this month I went online and entered "plant and seed catalogues" into search and there were so many! So what did I do, but send for as many as I could find. My postman is going to ask for a different route after lugging all these catalogues to me but they are supposed to provide my winter "fix." I'm on a very limited income so won't be able to do much more than look; I recall the old Sear Christmas "wishbook" we used to receive and pour over. Usually we could pick one favorite thing, and I believe that is about what I am going to be able to do.......maybe it will be a new rose to add to the others, or a composter, or a way to make a raised garden. I am curious about you all, are you thinking gardening already? And if you could order something for spring what would it be?
Dec 25, 2009 | 11:49 AM PST This post has been edited by an administrator
I can't let this day go by without wishing you all a very Merry Christmas! Whether you are quietly alone today or with family and friends it is a wonderful day to reflect on the gifts we receive each and every day of our lives. I believe it is our life's work to be open to all that we are given, the sights and sounds, the tastes and love whereever we are. Also, I believe we are to make all roads straight and plain, working out our relationships with others which may have fallen away and loving and forgiving those who may have hurt us. This will bring us much joy as the new year comes to us.
Do many of you follow gardening blogs online? Each blog will list its writers favorites and soon you will have looked at many many gardeners efforts by going from link to link. This time of year the blogs show the birds and wildlife and lovely winter scenes.
It was not long ago that I planted some hollyhock seeds in plastic pudding cups set on a plastic tray into which I could water them. Today I see that one has sprouted!!!!
Now, I know it is the wrong season of the year to do this. I don't know how long it will keep or if it will even last well into winter. But I HAD to see something growing, something brand new and green! Why is that so fulfilling? So now every day I can peek into the cup and see this wonder.
It is the same for me when my African violet cuttings take root. It is all so magical!
Nov 27, 2009 | 6:08 PM PST This post has been edited by an administrator
What a time I am having with putting my photos online. My albums are mixed up; it took half an hour to get my last photo in place and I think I did it by accident. I am technically challenged. Amazingly my son Nate writes computer programs for different companies and I know he did not get that DNA from me!
My Thanksgiving didn't work out as expected. My son Nate who was to be the host called early this morning....."Mommmmmmmmm, there's a change in plans. I've been sick all night." My taste buds which were watering for turkey and stuffing have to be put on hold until Saturday when Nate and his wife Bridget will be hosting...hopefully.
I spent a quiet day on the computer reading garden blogs and looking up all sorts of seed catalogues to order. I found new ones that I don't ordinarily receive so if they all come they will make a nice addition to January.
I can read and read and read about seeds, plants and garden supplies but I still get confused as to how they will relate to my own garden. I have to watch my pennies also and when I look at all that is available I want to order everything. Silly old woman!!
First, I do not really belong here. I am 66 years old and a widow with achy bones. I live in Iowa right on the zone 4/5 line. Last spring I became ill and was laid up for three months and unable to accomplish a thing in the garden. But what I have going for me is a love of flowers and a small irregular yard that I have worked at for over 12 years. I also have a handyman named Ken who will do whatever I ask of him. It is his task today to dig up a peony bush that does not bloom and replant it perhaps not so deeply and before the frost.
One of my garden mistakes is a rose given to me by a beloved friend that grows like kudzu and has taken over one of my beds. It sends out its suckers everywhere and does look beautiful in June, but after that it blooms sporadically. It cannot be killed unless dynamite is applied.
I planted over ten lilacs from suckers which are now tall and gorgeous. I love perennials and have many but not enough of each to make a splash.I'd like to start a small vegetable garden next year with tomatoes, cucumbers eggplant, and onions.