Thursday, October 30, 2008

My garden is growing.....

Planting, planting still. Pots of purple mums and purple petunias; pots of spicy mesclun mix, rows of lettuce of many varieties. Lettuce is one thing I always buy when I find a good sale on seeds. We are going to have more than our share of Romaine/Cos, Red Sails, Buttercrunch, Butterhead, Black seeded Simpson, and a few others that I haven't figured out where to put them yet. We are trying a new variety this year, called Crisp Mint lettuce, and I can't wait to try that. Sounds wonderful to me.

Also, the looseleaf blends are always a favorite. My little grand daughter used to love to plunder the lettuce in the garden. She would not pull the plant, rather, she set a thumb and a forefinger at the base of a nice tender leaf, and ran it all the way up the center vein of the leaf. She would come away with all the tender lettuce leaf, and have nothing tough or bitter to deal with. I didn't know it was her doing it at first, I thought some terrible insect had come and gone. LOL

We planted 6 mystery plants yesterday. The tag was lost at the store, but the plants were beautiful, so I bought them. They will either be cabbage or cauliflower- I think. They might be broccoli. It doesn't matter.

Some MG friends brought me some bok choy plants. I got them transplanted in a hurry. I love bok choy!

My peas are up, and we are going to have a bumper crop of pea vines. I hope they make peas as easy as they germinated.

Also, the sweet peas are up, and about 4" tall! I saved seeds from all pastel flowers year before last, in the hopes that I would only have pastel flowers. Also, I saved seeds (separately) of the RED flowers, because I love any red flower. All the flowers turned out exactly as they pleased last year, with no consideration as to what I wanted. So I just saved all the seeds last year, and I did have a lot of them. LOL, anyway, they are sure pretty when they do bloom, and the fragrance is just intoxicating!

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Thank YOU, Lord!

Tonight we will have our last seminar of the year. "Lasagna Gardening", presented by a MG from a neighboring county.

We are all looking forward to it, and to the end of the responsibilities that go with putting on this kind of program for the public. Once this is done, we can get on to the fun of the holidays, and we are looking forward to certifying our new MGs, and installing new officers in December.

Calendulas are up, and sweet peas are showing their first new leaves. Mustard is EVERYWHERE!, as are the peas. Spinach is looking good, along with many varieties of lettuce and salad mixes.

No sign of the snapdragons yet. I have seen 2 little violas. Hopefully, we will have lots and lots of them to come.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

I have not died, I am not dead.....

I have just been otherwise occupied.
I am sorry.

I have missed coming here. Hopefully, I will be able to post regularly again.

Please don't give up on me. I have many new things to share.


Did you know there is a PINK Jatropha? I has one!Did you know there is a variegated variety of Spiral Ginger, also called Crepe Ginger?I has one of these too. They bloom bold and brassy RED! Just gorgeous!
And do you know this exotic hibiscus? My cuttings that Bobby got for me have rooted, AND bloomed!

I am feeling pretty good now. Preparing for Winter, like the squirrels. I have many cuttings to tend in the greenhouse. I have a stock of glass and patterns in the stained glass room. I bought a book at Waldens yesterday that should keep me busy for many hours- "Reclaiming History" by Vincent Bugliosi (author of "Helter Skelter"). It is about the assassination of President Kennedy. I love history, so this is very interesting to me. Also, this is my kind of book; 1612 pages! It will take a while to read it all.

We have actually been out in the vegetable garden quite a bit. Bobby has helped me plant cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, mustard, radishes, 'Snow Peas', (and other peas too). Bobby has a huge assortment of peppers still. I have planted calendula, sweet peas, toadflax, snapdragon, and viola seeds. I can't wait for them to come up!