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Planting Annuals
Planting annual flowers, tomatoes, and peppers. Plus, I begin decorating the mudroom.
February 13, 2016

This week I planted tomato and pepper seeds and some flowers.  It has turned very cold this week with lots of snow. I placed the seed trays on seed starting mats in the laundry room.  Despite our best efforts the house is rather cool.  It feels great to me, but the seeds seem to be struggling this year.  Maybe the dryer heat will be good for them.

This year I am growing impatiens, vinca, petunias, cornflower, cosmos, calendulas, tassel flower, balsam flower, delphiniums, sweet peas, snap dragons, zinnias, and marigolds.  I have had previous success with cosmos, which unfortunately no greenhouse in my area sells anymore.  Nevertheless, they’re fairly simple to grow, and really makes a splash amongst the herbs and other perennials.

I started the sweet peas this week, using the method that works best for my area.  It’s a new method for me, because using the old methods continuously failed.  After years of listening to sweet peas being grown from various parts of the country, it was a bit of trial and error to find this ideal system.

I’m a little nervous about the petunias.  It’s one of my chief pleasures in visiting garden centers, to see flats and flats of solid colors of petunias waving in those early gusty days of spring.  If the seeds are successful it will all be worth it to see the same sight in my own greenhouse, but if my endeavors go down in a puff of smoke, I’ll be disappointed not to have the funds to spend on those pretty flats. Oh, the risks of gardening!

While out shopping this week I thought I would check to see if any of the shops had put out some early Easter decorations.  I just love Easter and Spring; it’s my favorite time of year, and seeing those early decorations can really brighten some bleak midwinter spirits. Oh what a pleasant day!  I found some new and different decorations to add to my growing Easter supply.  I found some honeycomb paper carrots at my local fabric store.  I haven’t seen the honeycomb decorations for years.  Everyone seems to have gone for plastic or metal decorations, which can also be nice, but there is something very quaint about those bits of tissue paper puffed out in round shapes.   I also found a nice Mr. and Mrs. Rabbit pair of figurines to go on top of my mudroom table.  I think their muted colors will pair nicely against the bright robin egg blue of the walls.

This will be my first year decorating this awkward space.  The room is narrow, so spacing has been an issue.  I haven’t quite got the love for it yet.  I’m hoping that as the year goes along, and I have time to decorate each season, it will feel more natural to me.  My son, Drew, has suggested that I make the room useful with things for the kitchen.  I may just play around with the idea and see if it improves my opinion of the room. I never throw anything away, and there are some items in the basement which I didn’t have room for anymore that might work in the new room.  In any case, I can’t wait to decorate for Easter!

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Between Christmas and New Year's Eve I remain busy, but New Year's doesn't really feel like a new year changing to me.

December 25, 2016

We celebrate Christmas Eve and I find time to rust tin snowflakes for gifts.

December 17, 2016

We keep up the Christmas card tradition, deal with icy runs, winterize the cement benches, and enjoy the babies' new eggs.

December 10, 2016

We finally learn the secret to citrus tree success and start the Christmas season with good will.

December 3, 2016

I try my hand at bakery quality spritz cookies, and end the busy week with Marty's birthday.

November 26, 2016

My busy week begins with Meg's birthday and includes Thanksgiving and a Christmas turnover.

November 19, 2016

Unseasonable weather occurs while I prepare to shut down the garden

October 31, 2016

We have our traditional Halloween bash, while winterizing the garden and helping build onto a barn.

October 8, 2016

I discuss rearranging cheap bouquets to maximum effect, and we start work on a project dear to my heart.

October 1, 2016

The unseasonably long growing season is making me reconsider how I winterize my garden.

September 26, 2016

Bulb and new roses arrive, while Marty and I finish some projects.

September 3, 2016

I reassess my native plants and redistribute the wealth.

August 27, 2016

I repaint our living room rug, raspberries come off the vine, and butterflies fly all around

August 20, 2016

I briefly discuss canning tomatoes, meanwhile, the sheep and I encounter a baby rabbit rummaging around the willow tree.

August 13, 2016

I discuss my tips for cost efficient sidewalk repair, meanwhile, Marty makes a bench.

July 23, 2016

The baby chicks become mini acrobats. We get a bumper crop of peaches, make some basil olive oil, and gather fresh garden carrots

July 16, 2016

We work on upgrading an old flowerbed to a more colonial look.

June 27, 2016

I celebrate my birthday with a new batch of baby chicks.

June 18, 2016

We get the sheep some hay and I begin harvesting our cherry trees.

June 4, 2016

I discuss old fashioned roses, close the greenhouse, and inspect the orchard for spring damage.

May 14, 2016

I give everything a fresh coat of white paint, and the kids give me a lovely Mother's Day tea.

March 12, 2016

Marty and I give the pool fence a colonial look with chinoiserie inspiration.

March 5, 2016

I prepare for the next season while encountering some problems with my seedlings. This year may be a trouble year.

February 27, 2016

We celebrate President's Day, while I turn some old baskets into new Easter decorations.

February 20, 2016

We celebrate St. Valentine's Day and take stock of a rat problem.

February 13, 2016

Planting annual flowers, tomatoes, and peppers. Plus, I begin decorating the mudroom.

February 6, 2016

The sheep are done with winter, while I put up decorations for February.

January 30, 2016

The last round of seeds arrive and I get started sewing some new yard outfits and repairing my old egg wreaths.

January 23, 2016

After a hectic week, I begin making rag rugs for the kitchen, an easy craft that will be easy to clean.

January 1, 2017

Between Christmas and New Year's Eve I remain busy, but New Year's doesn't really feel like a new year changing to me.

December 25, 2016

We celebrate Christmas Eve and I find time to rust tin snowflakes for gifts.

December 17, 2016

We keep up the Christmas card tradition, deal with icy runs, winterize the cement benches, and enjoy the babies' new eggs.

December 10, 2016

We finally learn the secret to citrus tree success and start the Christmas season with good will.

December 3, 2016

I try my hand at bakery quality spritz cookies, and end the busy week with Marty's birthday.

November 26, 2016

My busy week begins with Meg's birthday and includes Thanksgiving and a Christmas turnover.

November 19, 2016

Unseasonable weather occurs while I prepare to shut down the garden

October 31, 2016

We have our traditional Halloween bash, while winterizing the garden and helping build onto a barn.

October 8, 2016

I discuss rearranging cheap bouquets to maximum effect, and we start work on a project dear to my heart.

October 1, 2016

The unseasonably long growing season is making me reconsider how I winterize my garden.

September 26, 2016

Bulb and new roses arrive, while Marty and I finish some projects.

September 3, 2016

I reassess my native plants and redistribute the wealth.

August 27, 2016

I repaint our living room rug, raspberries come off the vine, and butterflies fly all around

August 20, 2016

I briefly discuss canning tomatoes, meanwhile, the sheep and I encounter a baby rabbit rummaging around the willow tree.

August 13, 2016

I discuss my tips for cost efficient sidewalk repair, meanwhile, Marty makes a bench.

July 23, 2016

The baby chicks become mini acrobats. We get a bumper crop of peaches, make some basil olive oil, and gather fresh garden carrots

July 16, 2016

We work on upgrading an old flowerbed to a more colonial look.

June 27, 2016

I celebrate my birthday with a new batch of baby chicks.

June 18, 2016

We get the sheep some hay and I begin harvesting our cherry trees.

June 4, 2016

I discuss old fashioned roses, close the greenhouse, and inspect the orchard for spring damage.

May 14, 2016

I give everything a fresh coat of white paint, and the kids give me a lovely Mother's Day tea.

March 12, 2016

Marty and I give the pool fence a colonial look with chinoiserie inspiration.

March 5, 2016

I prepare for the next season while encountering some problems with my seedlings. This year may be a trouble year.

February 27, 2016

We celebrate President's Day, while I turn some old baskets into new Easter decorations.

February 20, 2016

We celebrate St. Valentine's Day and take stock of a rat problem.

February 13, 2016

Planting annual flowers, tomatoes, and peppers. Plus, I begin decorating the mudroom.

February 6, 2016

The sheep are done with winter, while I put up decorations for February.

January 30, 2016

The last round of seeds arrive and I get started sewing some new yard outfits and repairing my old egg wreaths.

January 23, 2016

After a hectic week, I begin making rag rugs for the kitchen, an easy craft that will be easy to clean.