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Saturday, 30 April 2011 10:29

Here is the lavender and white orchid back for an encore - one of my faves!




Well, the wind and the rain last week served to wipe out a lot of the beautiful flowers, but I managed to get a few shots of my favorites before they did. Pictured here are the tulips, paperwhite, grape hyacinth and pear tree blossoms, Last year the pear tree produced at least 75 pounds of fruit. What is amazing is that it is a dwarf bartlett pear tree but the conditions must've been just right. This year, unfortunately, I don't think the bees had enough time to pollinate all the flowers. We do have little apricots started though. Time will tell.









Photos: copyright 2011, C. Nissen
Last Updated on Saturday, 30 April 2011 10:46
 
April is blooming PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 April 2011 10:51

Things are finally getting started outside here. Here a a few favorites: The apricot tree was lovely -- Tuesday's storm pretty much ended the apricot flowers. The daffodils are just getting started along with the tulips and pears...


Looks like snow on the branches...


Daffodil in bloom... Wordsworth said it all right,,,

Last Updated on Friday, 15 April 2011 11:01
 
April Seedlings PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 11:42


Here is a tray of seeds started about a month ago. I used a Ferry Morse Jiffy Professional Greenhouse tray with 72 little peat pots. Pictured from left in rows of 6 are 2 rows of snow peas, 2 of leaf lettuce, purple basil, orange cosmo, tomatoes, white cosmos, cucumber, romaine lettuce and last, one of my favorite climbers, the moonflower. The weather here has been trending colder so they will be hardened off gradually in the shade on warmer days. In the meantime, I spray with water, sometimes some miracle grow mixed in and use my Aerogarden classic with the tray on it for the grow light. The snow peas and lettuce thrive in the cooler weather so they will go out into my garden box first. I have ordered 4th of July tomatoes and Sweet Red Pepper plants from Burpee cause I liked those varieties last year. They will arrive with the warmer weather.

It's not too late to try seed starting inside - you can find Aerogarden and seedtrays from Jiffy in the My City Garden Store.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:02
 
March Blooms PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 20 March 2011 15:00
Here are three varieties of moth orchid:



Another old favorite returns - This one is about 8 years old


This pink moth orchid is almost 10 yrs old.

Geranium_reddish purple

The coral geranium is done so here comes the bright hot pink ....

Last Updated on Thursday, 24 March 2011 11:13
 
Indoor Gardening in March PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 March 2011 08:36

Right now, the bay window has 4 varieties of moth orchid buds in waiting. Pictured here is an interesting light lime green with fuschia phalaenopis flower.


Lime green moth orchid

The aerogarden pro is producing cherry tomatoes -- a second planting for the salad greens is being started in the classic model. These little tomatoes are tasty and add a nice splash of color to our salads.


yellow and red cherry tomatoes

At last the great mounds of snow and ice have melted away -- a few corners hide the snow under bushes and next to walls in shadow. The first few harbingers, purple streaked crocuses, have poked through the soaked dirt. Out in the coldframe the potted blueberry plants have buds while the strawberry plants have kept their bright green leaves as if they can't wait to get outside. The columbine and lavender plants are ready to go but experience has shown that winter can come back with a nasty cold slap so I'm leaving them in the coldframe for now.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 March 2011 08:50
 
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