Where'd spring go? I'd packed away the sweaters and turned off the heat. Now, I'm rummaging around in the winter stuff and turned the heaters back on! The Guinea pig was getting cold a few days ago, and this morning it's me that needed it!
So, little things. Pictures I haven't posted. Mentions I haven't made.
The mini pumpkin vines climbed over the fence last summer, and one of the pumpkins got caught between the boards. I just noticed it recently. It's still firm, but once it rots it will most likely grow!
I successfully grew some succulents from seed. I bought the seeds a few years ago, and the sowing directions seemed too complicated, what with sand or grit and this and that. So, this winter, while weeding out my unused seeds, I just put them in a wintersown container with sand and stirred them in a bit. I don't know what kind they are, the package was "mixed." Hopefully hardy ones. I should be able to tell before this years cold weather hits. Look familiar?
Baby Elephant got to leave the bookcase and come outside for the season.
The pickin's at thrift stores aren't very good lately. They have lots of merchandise, but they've raised their prices too much. I found one small terra-cotta pot, glazed on the outside, for 99 cents, but most of their terra-cotta was $4.99. Has terra-cotta become a "thing" to warrant the price increase?
I got the weekend's coral bells transplanted into fairly large nursery pots. Carnival Black Olive looks to be in fine shape, it's the Baby Bells™ Lime Swizzle that looks iffy. I'll know in a few weeks.
The pots are near the edge of the forsythia, in dappled sun. I am starting to clean out the forsythia, and found the bugleweed nearly smothered in grass and ivy. I'm digging it out and potting it up to save it, and will replant it in more appropriate places. Or, replant under the forsythia when it's not such a mess. I'm pretty sure under those chips I'll find black plastic!
The lobelia is tucked into mixed flower containers. Lobelia is one of my favorite spring flowers, and my favorite for color. A bit more purple than my front door. Those tall violas are Johnny Jump-ups I grew from seed. They caught up to the store bought, and were so easy to grow.
Bush beans have germinated.
As have the Galeux D'Eysines squash, aka warty French pumpkins.
There are several of the squash already growing from my wintersow efforts. Here they are will the gazillion morning glories that self-seeded from one volunteer plant last year!
Bed #1 has nice wintersown mini pumpkins and sunflowers. The larger one were wintersown, the others were direct sown. I'll see if it makes any difference, although there are several different kinds of sunflowers, so comparing might not be possible.
That's wintersown cilantro in the middle, and last year's knautia flowering at last!
The calendulas in this bed (#1 on my plan) are the biggest I've ever grown! And self-seeded from last year. Something's been nibbling...
The ones in Bed #3 are big too, and one has a sunflower in its middle.
I got the spray paint to use on the metal arch, so the rain better stop before the scarlet runner beans get any bigger. There's some nibbling going on here too. The beans planted on the other side of the arch, in the ground, were eaten away before they emerged. That happens with beans a lot when they're planted too early. I admit it, I hurried my beans!
How those bean seed maggots (or corn seed maggots) knew I was planting bean seeds I don't know, but they have a way of knowing.
That's it for now. It's "PILL TIME" for Edward the Goldendoodle, as I announce to both dogs! He gets them in a spoonful of canned food, and Boo gets just the spoonful of food! It's a twice daily event.