Six on Saturday: Feb 24 ’18

The final Saturday of February, and as predicted this month just flew by in a blink.  I’d thought I’d finally have photos of bud tips and crocus blooms for this post, but alas, it is not to be.  We’ve had days and days of endless rain.  All the rivers and creeks are filled to the top, just like my little iron bird bath, which has been overflowing for days.  Birdbath  It’s looking pretty bleak and dismal outdoors, although there is some greening of perennials here and there.  Happily there are plants and seedlings indoors to keep me sane as I count the days (hours!) until I can get into the potager and gardens.  The seedlings in the basement are growing nicely.  Seedlings 2-24-18 compressed  This is just one shelf in the light stand, which is now completely filled, as well as the 4′ heating mat.  The indoor seeding is right on schedule with 38 varieties underway.  That’s down a bit from last year, but I didn’t need quite so many perennials this year and also delayed a few things until a bit later.  Sometimes it just doesn’t pay to start things TOO early.  The front flat is “Penny Orange” violas which have been transplanted from a seeding flat (like the one behind it) so each plant has its own little cube.  They will form part of the mixed edging for the potager’s central paths.  Almost 500 various plants have already been transplanted, so that’s on schedule, too.  Notice how the onions on the far right side of the second tray have germinated since last week?  There were only 3, now there are dozens.  The calendula on the far left are ready to transplant.  Happy dance here!

Now, what to do, what to do if a gardener can’t garden?  Retail therapy!  It was time for my allergy shot (I’m highly allergic to honeybees! Sigh!) so a trip to town was necessary.  I’m not sure how it happened, but this bright red hand seeder jumped into my cart while I was looking for fish emulsion.  Seeder compressed  I’m eager to try it out, but there’s nothing to seed until March 4th.  Drats!  Maybe I’ll just have to ignore the well-thought-out schedule in order to give it a try.  And while I was gazing in wonder at the seeder that magically appeared in my cart, this lovely ergo-arthritis-friendly trowel leaped in as well!  It just happens to be my favorite color!  Strange!Green trowel  Unfortunately, once I was back home, I still couldn’t garden.  I consoled myself by cooking…isn’t it lovely how most gardeners either are, or become good cooks?  I just had a craving for pralines! Roses & pralines compressed  And the roses were cut from one of the 3 tree roses that are living in the basement.  I’m not sure tree roses will survive our deep freezes, so I trundle them indoors and back out again come nice weather.  Meantime, they are totally confused and believe it is June? Aren’t they lovely?  And lastly, the amaryllis I showed as part of last week’s “Six” has opened even more blossoms and been joined by a bulb produced by the first bulb over the summer.  The original bulb was a 50 cent after-Christmas clearance item purchased a couple of years ago.Amaryllis compressed You can see the family resemblance.  There are four more pots to come, now in various stages of growth.  That’s one of the best 50 cent purchases in history, don’t you think?  Hopefully by the time they are all done flowering, there will actually be flowers outdoors to photograph!  I’m just happy all this rain didn’t come down as snow!  See you again in a week, and it will be MARCH!!!

Thanks once again to The Propagator, who hosts this meme and forgives me each week for not being able to figure out how to link from the comment section of his excellent blog site.

About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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22 Responses to Six on Saturday: Feb 24 ’18

  1. bcparkison says:

    Your indoor gardening is coming alone really well. That tree rose is beautiful as well as the amaryllis. Do your plant the amaryllis in the ground? Now I too am hungry for pralines

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    • carolee says:

      No, amaryllis are not hardy here, so I keep them in pots year-round, giving them a rest from frost to mid-December (no water, no light). It was all that talk about Mardi Gras that did it….but pralines are not good for the waistline so I’m doling them out slowly.

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  2. A. JoAnn says:

    We seem to be on the same wavelength – and weather pattern!

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  3. March Picker says:

    Such good purchases! That rose could brighten the gloomiest of days.

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  4. It may feel like it but you don’t have long to wait now for those crocuses – and you are well ahead with your seedlings.

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  5. cavershamjj says:

    That seed rig looks awesome! Jealous.

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    • carolee says:

      I made it probably 35 years ago and it’s getting a bit wonky but it will probably last as long as I do. I just have to replace a bulb or two every few years and it’s good to go, Not very portable, or easy to store away when not in use though so it just sits in the basement year round.

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  6. Hahaha – I love the things that jump into your shopping trolley!

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  7. Your seedlings are looking good. I’ve often wondered about getting grow-lights. Are they expensive to run?

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    • carolee says:

      I use just regular old cheap shop lights since my plants are under them so short a time, usually just a month or two. I’ll be moving the cold hardy plants to the greenhouse in a couple of weeks so there is room for the tomatoes, marigolds, etc. I’ve never calculated their cost to operate, but they are on a timer (after Christmas half-price sale) so I really don’t think it’s more than pennies. We don’t really see an increase in our light bill, possibly because when I start using it the days are already beginning to get longer so our actual house lights are on less and less each week and therefore balances out.

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  8. Ali says:

    Gorgeous amaryllis!

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  9. I like your ways of keeping busy!

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  10. Lora Hughes says:

    Tempted by the idea of tree roses & absolutely adore that bird bath – what is the base? Looks very steam punk. All the good seedlings growing in your basement, we shall have good photos from you this summer as well.

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    • carolee says:

      The metal base is actually the pumphead for our well. I snatched the birdbath from my shop (when I had it) because it matched and fit so perfectly. When it fills to the top, we’ve had 1″ of rain and I view it from the window over my kitchen sink. Haven’t put my rain gauge back out this season because it’s plastic and could freeze and break. I grow better than I photograph!

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  11. John Kingdon says:

    I think we need to have a stern word with managers of garden centres and of the gardening sections in stores about training their products not to jump into our shopping trolleys when we’re not looking. I always take pity on them at the checkout as it saves going round the store again to put them back on their shelves. That is some serious growing rig you have in your basement. I can see Mr Propagator starting excavations under his house in the next week!

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  12. Christine P. says:

    I love your growlight set up. Something for me to plan for.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  13. chicu says:

    Your birdbath is a dream! Is it copper?

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  14. chicu says:

    Your birdbath is a dream! Is it copper?

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