Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Rain Is Moving In.

It's 43 degrees and cloudy. The 10 day forecast is nice in terms of temperatures, but 5 days of rain are coming. Hopefully, there will only be periods of rain each day instead of the steady rains we had last week.

A walk around the yard this morning revealed some new growth.

Wintersown cupid's dart are getting large. This one is about 5" tall. It was planted out in early February.

Wintersown Virginia Stock has a tiny bloom. These can bloom early and should reseed nicely.

Direct sown poppy clumps are growing too. I wish I had scattered the seeds wider. I could move them, but I'm told poppies don't like to be disturbed due to their deep tap root.

The lettuce and cabbage are putting out new growth too. These are about a week behind those we sell at the store. I hope to harvest before the temperatures are too warm in May.

Hostas are popping up all over in the azalea bed. I forgot where and how many I planted. They're also just starting to push through the mulch on the north side of the house. After the rain, they should really take off.

Last year I bought an endless summer Hydrangea on clearance. It was in really bad shape. I planted it and it's returning now. I moved it this weekend to the north side of the house. Less sunlight should be better for it.

Some mock orange sticks I pushed into the ground in January have new growth on them. Have they rooted? I don't know. We'll see how they do over the summer.

A clearance rack weigela is putting out new leaves too. This one should have pink flowers. I think it is Pink Poppet.

The Golden Jubilee Anise Hyssop is about 6" tall now. I spread lots of seeds around this area last fall. I also wintersowed a container that has sprouted.

And the redtips I bought at Wal-Mart for $3.50 each are showing their colors. I want to move these, but I think I will wait til Fall. They need more sun than they'll get here.

It's really chilly out this morning. Yesterday's high of 55 was cooler than forecast. Today won't be much better. I spread a little fertilizer on the veggies. I really want to get away from using chemical fertilizers in the garden, but my compost isn't ready and these are new beds. In the fall, I'll plant alfalfa in this area and till them in next spring. That is, after I enlarge and terrace the areas a little better for more plants next summer.

I really wish I could figure out this digital camera. I'm using low light settings and still getting blurry photos. The flash doesn't do much to help and only washes out the true colors. So I apologize for the blurry pictures. Maybe I'll just blame it on the coffee.


ARK said...

I've got a few little lettuce seedlings popping up, but am so excited to see the bounty your garden is already beginning to produce...I can't wait to see mine!!

Did you try raising the ISO on your camera?

Unknown said...

Looks like everything is coming up and you're doing ok with the camera. The 1st thing someone told me is to turn the flash off. So try that. Also I learned to hold my breath when snapping to keep it a bit clearer. There are so many good photographers here someone will give you some pointers. I'm very amateur but those two suggestions helped me. Good luck and just keep practicing!

Dirt Princess said...

You just gotta love the clearance rack! Nurse them back to health. I am still learning with my camera so don't feel bad

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

My camera's ISO only goes to 400. It's a cheap point and click digital. I try holding my breath too. My hands were cold and I've had several cups of coffee, and I'm sure none of that helps. ;)


I can't wait for the cabbage myself. It's going to be delicious.

Anonymous said...

Hey Tom, it's fun to see all the new little green guys in your garden poking out of the dull brown ground. I'll have to live vicariously through you for a while until we get real spring here. Thanks a lot for putting in a link to my blog. I noticed that someone used it today.


Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

You're welcome. I have several other gardenwebbers in the list. I get lots of ideas from other people too. And it helps spread the traffic around. Other links came from other blogs. I sometimes end up so far from home I have no idea how I got where I am.

Kris said...

Tom - look for a brand name Espoma - their line of organic fertilizers and soil conditioners are terrific. I use them in conjunction with my compost (to amend poor soil and encourage moisture retention). Gotta run - WS annuals to sow! :-P