Wednesday, December 29, 2010


I'm officially on vacation from work. It started at 4:58pm when I hit the clock and didn't look back. Well, I did pick up 58 nearly dead hanging baskets of pansies. I'll use the soil next week to start wintersowing. Yep. It's that time of year again.

I'll reuse a lot of the soda bottles I kept from last year. My goal is to keep my sowing to a minimum. I have set a limit of 50 containers for all my perennials and annuals. I don't think I have any shrub seeds this year. I know I don't have any tree seeds. My vegetables will be in a class all their own and will not count towards the 50 containers. I cheat. Get over it.

I'm looking forward to it. I've neglected the yard for a while now in terms of adding to it. I know I planted a lot of cheap clearance perennials in the fall. And I moved some things about during the summer. But I haven't really been adding to the garden as a whole. I need to make it more cohesive. So I'll be sowing seeds to do that.

I collected from the perennial bed by the driveway all summer. What grows there will eventually be found in other parts of the yard using different combinations. Echinacea and Rudbeckia figure heavy into my plans. I moved a lot of things this past fall, mostly new seedlings that had emerged when it finally started raining again.

Right now, it's winter. There's 80 more days til spring. I'm in the planning stages. There are daffs already sending up foliage. The crocuses aren't even blooming yet. We've got a ways to go. I'm ready for it. It's going to be gorgeous in June. It always is.


scottweberpdx said...

ah yes, the planning and the looking's what gets us through winter!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Planning and looking forward to, is all part of living our lives. Spring is definitely something to look forward to each year. A renewing of the whole creation physical and spiritual. I look forward to seeing your gardens in 2011.

Have a great new year Tom.


Jimmy said...

are you going anywhere?

Unknown said...

Enjoy the vacation! Does this mean you're committing to staying in NC for a while?

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

Thanks Yall. I can't wait to see what I did this fall too. I moved a lot of stuff and some of it probably got lost in the shuffle. It's going to be interesting.

Jim, Asheville for a few days then back home to do some chores around the house.

Tim, until the house sells at least. After that, it really depends on work. I'm expecting it to take a year or more to sell. If it even does.

gld said...

Tom, 50! That seems like a lot to me.

I vow to cut back each year and then catalogs start arriving. The annuals and shrubs keep calling to me!

Enjoy the vacation.