thequeen770's blog: Its's been a long cold winter! Oh wait, no it hasn't!

Posted on Mar 8, 2017 4:42 PM

It has been a beautiful winter mostly warm and sunny. I'm finally back to documenting my progress outside in the garden. This has been the warmest winter I can remember in a very long time. In the last few days I have cut back the poinsettia I purchased from the neighbor kids before Christmas. I read it was supposed to have been cut back in early January but it was to pretty so I waited. I repotted and have it outside in good morning sun.
Thumb of 2017-03-08/thequeen770/fa6257 Thumb of 2017-03-08/thequeen770/a6a181Before cutting back.
I cut back and planted these Amaryllis in January. I think I should have waited to plant outside. I was lucky it's been so warm.
Thumb of 2017-03-08/thequeen770/b0783e Thumb of 2017-03-08/thequeen770/d06501 The name on my plant marker did not survive winter.
Thumb of 2017-03-08/thequeen770/6b2761 Thumb of 2017-03-08/thequeen770/fe5728 Very hard to see but 2 leaves are coming out. Bloomed after Christmas
This was a sad dry bulb when I planted it. They were both in the big red bowl in the 1st picture.
I really did do a great deal of planting in February.
Thumb of 2017-03-08/thequeen770/cc1c24 Cauliflower and Brussel Sprouts
Thumb of 2017-03-08/thequeen770/1c8ac9 Thumb of 2017-03-08/thequeen770/89a183 2 Broccoli locations...we love Broccoli
This is the Asparagus bed I put in last year. It started as a 6-pack from Bonnie. Those tiny plants went into a big pot with parsley seed then the whole pot into this bed.
Thumb of 2017-03-08/thequeen770/275cfe I did not cut any of the new shoots. I'll wait a couple of years. The Parsley never even frosted this year.
My understanding is Parsley is a biannual, this year it will bloom and I will let it go to seed. I love the swallow tail butterflies and they love parsley. Last year I seeded a large pot and have already moved the small plants around the entire yard.
Thumb of 2017-03-08/thequeen770/9396ae This was taken yesterday. My first sighting this year!!
I try to maximize the $ in spend in the garden. I purchased Bonnie tomatoes, peppers and leeks. Each had at least 2 plants in the pot. I know my soil is not warm yet so I divided the plants into larger pots and bring them out into the sun when the temp rises then back in the outbuilding in the evening. It takes a little time but it's worth getting that head start.
Thumb of 2017-03-08/thequeen770/45d2fc Thumb of 2017-03-08/thequeen770/4ab5a0 This patio faces South so I have good sun until about noon.
These tomatoes and pepper will stay here until they go into the garden.
There has been more progress but it's time to make dinner so the info will have to wait until tomorrow.

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