It has been windy at Garden on Sherlock Street lately. Today is calm and warm.
I spent some time over the weekend online and with the garden catalogs. I also gathered all my seed packets to take inventory and make a list of what I need to purchase. Most seeds are good for three to five years. Margaret Roach has good info on seed viability at A Way To Garden. I always need radish, carrot, kohlrabi, parsley and onions. Parsley and onions don't keep well after a year. We just eat a lot of the other ones. I'm going to add yellow patty pan squash to my garden this year. A friend gave us some last summer. They were yummy and cute too. I want to try a new lettuce, speckled trout or forellenchluss. Dee at Red Dirt Ramblings inspired me to try that one. I'm browsing the Southern Exposure Seed Exchange catalog which I downloaded from their website and am going to get some of my seeds from them. I also will order some vegetables from Burpee including Jersey Knight asparagus starts. I know it will be a couple of years before we eat any of the asparagus. So, the sooner I plant some the better. I decided on a location for the asparagus bed last year and worked the area with some straw before winter. Jeanne at Seven Oaks is trying to decide on an asparagus variety for her garden. Before I place any vegetable seed orders, I do check at my favorite local garden center. I'm hoping to fit that in this week. I like them for some of those plants where you only need a few seeds. Like zucchini.
I have a nice list of pretty new perennial flower plants too. I order many of my perennials from High Country Gardens. I'm really watching for words like drought tolerant after last year's summer. The holly bushes are coming out this spring and I have a plan for that area. Melanie at No Place Like Home recommended caryopterisis or blue mist spirea. I think it would look great by the fence. Plus, I'm going to plant Agastache cana 'Rosita.' Sue at Sue's Garden Journal, Catherine at A Gardener in Progress and Tricia at Let There Be Garden all thought that would hold up in our heat and drought. And, both plants seem to be butterfly and/or hummingbird magnets. Bonus!
It sure is fun to plan and dream about the coming growing season.
Meanwhile, in the house, the paperwhites are sprouting nicely. I think I have one bulb that is dead. Not bad for bargain bulbs.
Have a great week!
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