Sunday, March 29, 2009

Micro Climate

Some of you have asked why I am planting seeds so early. It is early, especially since we continue to have snow storms, but on the south side of my home where the garden is against the wall, I have a Micro Climate which is close to desert conditions. The awing on the house keeps it from getting much of the moisture from the storms, (I've actually watered the places where I planted seeds), and the sun shines down on it all day. When the sprinklers are on, it gets water, but now it's quite dry and usually warm enough for seed planting. We'll see if they make it.

As you can see in these pictures, I have snow on my Hyacinth and the back of the garden is dry. The high mountain climate is a difficult climate to grow gardens in. With hail, rain, snow, and low temperatures at all different times of the year. Lauren Springer has written a very informative and beautifully illustrated book on plants that are tolerant of this type of climate. The title is "The Undaunted Garden", I highly recommend it if you're serious about creating a beautiful garden in a difficult climate. She shares her experience with indigenous plants and plants from different parts of the world with similar climates.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Happy Spring, Happy Everything!

It's been a wonderful few days in the sun and garden. What fun! I finally got my fingers in the dirt, did some pruning, cleaned up what I didn't get to in the fall and put some seeds in the garden. Bring on the rain. "April showers bring May flowers".

After pruning my Flowering Quince bush I brought in the branches and put them in a vase of water. Within two days they are already putting forth leaves and beautiful little coral flowers will follow for a lovely Easter decoration. If you have access to any Spring blooming bushes get a few branches and bring Springtime inside. Pictures will follow as soon as the flowers appear.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Ok, I'm new at this so be patient, K? I love reading blogs and decided I would like to have one of my own. With a lot of help from my daughter (she created it for me) I now have one! Yippee!
If you've read my profile or if you know me, you know that I love flowers and gardening. I hope to share ideas and information with you that might help us both to be better at gardening, cooking, crafts, or just general life improving "stuff". Thus the stuff in my blog name. I look forward to your comments and ideas. Happy Blogging!
This is the view of my back yard from the house. Agreeably beautiful, right? But enough already! I can't wait to get my fingers in the dirt. February and March you can usually find me searching through seed and plant catalogs dreaming of the perfect garden I'll create this year. Thinking of changes I'll make, additions or corrections. It's fun for me to imagine the perfect garden. The hardest part is making it happen.

Spring Snow