Thursday, February 21, 2013


We think Winter Storm Q is done.  
After light snowfall overnight, round two came on strong this morning and early afternoon.
Everything that can close in our area has including several roads.  They just couldn't keep up with the amount of snow coming down.  I got stuck on our street coming home from work.  Thankfully, a couple of nice gentlemen gave my car enough of a push to get it through a thick patch.  My wonderful husband and I have done a lot of shoveling and a kind neighbor who was off work today took his snow blower to our driveway.  

Grand snowfall total for us:  17"

This is the second largest snowfall for our city since they started keeping records in 1892.

I won't be doing any outdoor gardening for a while.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Pile O' Twigs

  • WednesdaySnow and freezing drizzle. High near 27. Windy, with a east southeast wind 16 to 26 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
  • Wednesday NightSnow and sleet. Low around 24. Breezy, with a east southeast wind 18 to 24 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a half and three quarters of an inch possible.
  • ThursdaySnow, freezing rain, and sleet likely, mainly before 3pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 29. Blustery. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.
  • Thursday NightPartly cloudy, with a low around 6.

This is the forecast for us later this week.  While I'm very excited about moisture for our area, I'm not happy about the wind or icy parts, or the low of 6 Thursday night.  Brrr.

Let's go back to Sunday when it was 70 degrees Fahrenheit.  So nice for February.

I donned my new garden gloves and we pruned.

My wonderful husband spent most of his time taking care of our locust tree.  We planted it the first spring we were in the house (1998).  Mostly, we remove branches which are headed toward the house and any limbs that are rubbing or crossing.

While WH was busy with that, I found lady bugs!

I disturbed the lady bugs while pruning some shrubs.

We also removed three dwarf Alberta spruce trees and two arborvitae shrubs which died last summer.

We have a nice big pile of twigs which the birds are enjoying.  We'll take them to the city's collection site when we get a chance.  Hopefully, the pile will be buried in snow soon.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

What We Hope To Eat From The Garden In 2013

I finally have a list of edibles for the coming growing season.  I've checked my seed stash and made a shopping list.  There are a few question marks on my list.  Need to check on some varieties.  My list is one post back.

Last year, I tried to note each time I planted something and when I could start harvesting that edible.  Too much hassle.  I didn't gain much from it.  I won't be doing that this year.  Some of the list got depressing as I noted plants dying in last year's heat and drought.

We are still in a drought.  Not sure what will happen with our city's water conservation plan.  I've decided not to purchase any new ornamentals this year.  I just want to keep what I have alive and grow some veggies.  Hopefully, our weather will improve and bring us some moisture.  I am contemplating beginning the tub water routine soon.

Other than getting a seed order ready, we need to prune some tree branches soon.

My bulbs are starting to sprout.  Hopefully, there will be a nice spring display.

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Edibles 2013

Note:  perfect

snap: contender (bush)
Note:  too much shade.  Need to plant on south end of beds.

scarlet nantes
Note:  succession planting fails past May.  Too hot and dry for the sprouts to survive while I'm gone at work.  Don't do second round until September.
Note:  good

slicers: marketmore 76
Note:  great

hard neck
Note:  great

early white vienna
purple vienna
Note:  tasted great
Note:  succession planting fails past May.  Too hot and dry for the sprouts to survive while I'm gone at work.  Don't do second round until September.

lemon grass
? (from Melanie)
Note:  just used as an ornamental

leaf: salad bowl
leaf: black seeded simpson
Note:  seed must have been old.  It would not sprout.
leaf: red salad bowl
romaine: forellenschluss “speckled trout”
Note:  succession planting fails past May.  Too hot and dry for the sprouts to survive while I'm gone at work.  Don't do second round until September.
Note:  harvested some into July!

melon, muskmelon
hales best jumbo
Note:  didn't get started early enough.

melon, watermelon
round, striped: crimson sweet
Note:  didn't get started early enough.

onion sets
red comred (red)
ebenezer (white)
Note:  Order onion sets or purchase onion sets at nursery where I can hand select each bulb.  Do not purchase bagged onion sets in the future.
Note:  small

Note:  left for the caterpillars.

shelling types: little marvel (dwarf)
snow peas: melting sugar
Note:  did great.

bell: valencia orange: starter plant
Note:  started with three beautiful peppers.  Wouldn't set on after that.
jalapeno: mucho nacho: starter plant
Note:  these were hot!

large: jack-o-lantern
Note:  first year to harvest pumpkins.  They were small but pretty.

multi-colored: french breakfast
multi-colored: sparkler
red: cherry belle
Note:  succession planting fails past May.  Too hot and dry for the sprouts to survive while I'm gone at work.  Don't do second round until September.
Note:  did ok.  Not exciting.

squash, summer
early prolific straightneck
black beauty (zucchini)
Note:  goofed while planting and did not put any zucchini seeds in the ground.  Got more early prolific straightneck.
early white bush scallop
Note:  the ones planted did nice.

squash, winter
early acorn hybrid
Note:  plant grew very slowly and stayed small eventually dying when the other winter squash plants shaded it too much.
small wonder hybrid
candy roaster squash
Note:  haven't tried the candy roasters yet--10/21/13.  spaghetti squash is great

plum/roma type: la roma: starter plant
grape/cherry type: sweet 100: starter plant
?: ?: starter plant (from Melanie)
?: ?: starter plant (from Melanie)
?: ?: starter plant (from Melanie)
Note:  good harvests until we left on vacation and it was over 100 degrees for a few days.  They dried out.

----- Perennials -----

jersey knight
Note:  first havest next year.



Note:  good but small harvest

Note:  died.

----- Extras -----

red cored chantenay
Note:  good

slicers: white wonder
Note:  these went nuts.

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

First Orchid At GonSS

I've always thought orchids were beautiful and somewhat mysterious looking.

Lately, I've been seeing orchids everywhere.

I received a gift card from a friend for my birthday in November.  I tucked it into my billfold.  After discovering it still in my billfold mid-January, I decided to use it to purchase a small orchid plant.  

The instructions say to water with one ice cube once a week.
Place in a bright, well-lit location avoiding direct sunlight.

Do you have some orchid advice to share?

I chose this one because of the stripes on the petals and the interesting combination of yellow, orange/red and red/purple.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

February Tour 2013

Front Garden


Back Garden

Side Garden

Vegetable Garden



Sunday, February 3, 2013

First Bloom Of 2013

Crocus are the first bloomers at Garden on Sherlock Street each year.  In fact, my first post ever was about the first bloom of 2010, a crocus.    So, here is this year's first bloom.  A crocus!

I made a little list of the first crocus each year since I started blogging.

2012 February 3
2012 January 30
2011 February 23
2010 March 4

Friday, February 1, 2013

Hibernating Plants/Fish

Every year, I move plants from the garden indoors in hopes of keeping them alive for another growing season.  I always lose some.  As we start into February, here's the list of survivors:

2 aloe vera
1 amaryllis
1 baby's tears
1 dragon's blood stone crop
4 asparagus fern

1 cactus
Echeveria nodulosa
4 geraniums
3 ice plants
2 Jacob's coat cuttings
1 mother-in-law's tongue
1 rosemary
2 unknown succulent
1 wandering Jew

I've lost:
2 asparagus fern
1 begonia cutting
1 chives
1 coleus
1 creeping jenny
1 fern
5 geraniums
1 ice plant
3 persalane cuttings
4 sweet potato vine cuttings

I hope the osteospermum is resting and will return when I put it back out in the spring.  Don't know which category to put it into yet.

These plants live in the family room to get the most light.  Plus, I add some lamps.  Seed catalogs are starting to gather on the coffee table.

I also have the baby lionhead gold fish Flash and Princess had last summer in the water garden.  No name for this little fellow/gal yet.

Not doing much outdoors at this time.  We did receive about three inches of snow this week.  We'll take all the moisture we can get.