Saturday, March 30, 2013

Stacking Planters

Just wanted to share these cute containers I purchased recently.
Three different sizes.
My plan is to stack them when I plant them.
I'll keep you posted.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Adding Peas And Carrots

Another nice afternoon greeted me when I arrived home.  I decided to plant a few more vegetables.
Carrots went into this cold frame.
(scarlet nantes and red cored chantenay)

Peas went along these supports.

shelling types: little marvel (dwarf)
snow peas: melting sugar

The zig zag supports are new this year.  The tiny wire 'fences' I had been using for peas just weren't tall enough.  These supports are made like my tomato cages.  They're hinged at each bend and will fold up to store out of season.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

I Finally Planted Something

Mother Nature keeps teasing us.  She gives us beautiful spring days and then a blast of winter.
We are glad for the moisture we're receiving with each snow event, but some nice rain with warmer temperatures would be more welcome.  While I've given the garden its spring cleaning, I've been holding off on planting because of the bits of winter that keep showing up in our weather forecast.
A warming tread with the chance of a little rain is in our forecast until Easter Sunday and then another bout of winter is suppose to come upon us.

Now, some crops like cooler weather and since I have cold frames, I took advantage of today's beautiful spring weather (calm even) and planted lettuce.

I planted the seeds in this order.

A nice drink of water and we wait for sprouts.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Spring Snow

I kept at the garden clean up all week.  I get off work at 2 pm.  Each afternoon, I'd find an hour or two to clean the beds in the back garden.

I even put my wire cages in the raised vegetable beds to make plans for where everything would get planted.
Not that anything got planted yet.

This weekend, it's back to winter.  A nice layer of sleet and snow for the garden.

The paths are nice and defined with a smooth layer of snow on them.

Our temperatures are just under freezing and since the ground is already warming, these stepping stones stayed clear looking pretty with the snow around them.

This frog hose guide is a little 'frosted.'

Inside projects are getting our attention this weekend.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Pansies In A Broken Pot

If you've been a long time reader of Garden on Sherlock Street, you are probably familiar with the flower tower I planted each year.

Last year, it was especially beautiful which was so appreciated as most of the garden struggled in the heat.
I made extra sure to water it each day.

file photo

Then, one windy day last September, it came crashing down.  I was very sad.\
I saved the plants as best I could so I could harvest the seeds from the purple hyacinth bean vine.\
I was successful and have enough seeds to plant this year.

file photo

Most of the pots were in pieces.
Except for the base which I saved.  I just hoped it would be useful somehow.

I spotted pansies available in the store today and brought some home.
One batch is in the pot from the bottom of the flower tower.

Another batch is in this little pot by the front door.

After they settle in a bit, I take their glamour shots.

In other garden news, I cleaned up some more beds in the back garden.  I see many plants sprouting.
I'm really looking forward to tulips!

Friday, March 15, 2013


We've had some warm days at Garden on Sherlock Street.  I've been finding time to clean up the garden.  I've cut down salvia along the driveway and Russian Sage by the house.  I've picked up a lot of trash that blew into the garden over the winter.  I've raked through beds to uncover the bulbs which are sprouting.  I've pulled every weed I've discovered.  I've swept the walk and driveway to get rid of all the plant debris I created cleaning out the beds.

All this work and the front garden looks...bare, blah.  It's ready for the plants to return and fill the beds.

Clean up in the back garden has been more hit and miss.  I have raked through the raised vegetable beds and pulled out the bachelor buttons which self seeded in them.  I have my seeds.  Planting of vegetables will begin soon.

A cool down is expected this weekend and maybe some rain!

Take care and have a good weekend.  Enjoy St. Patrick's Day Sunday too.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Bloom And Snow

Saturday was warm and windy.  I watered various bulbs in the garden which are starting to sprout with saved bath water.  We continue to be in a drought.  I'm going for any water I can.  Although, we were recently upgraded from 'exceptional' to 'extreme' according to the US Drought Monitor Classifications.  Which means we went from the 'worst' to 'next to worst.'

In other Saturday news, I discovered the Martha Washington Geranium I started from a cutting last fall is blooming!  It normally lives on a windowsill.  I brought it into the kitchen for a photo.

Sunday morning, we woke up to a white world.  I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of snow we received.  We also had a lot of wind.  Good thing it was a wet snow.  Made it stick instead of blowing away.

We're in for a cold night and then we should warm up again next week.  Anxious to get out and start cleaning beds for spring, but glad for any moisture.

Friday, March 8, 2013

The Next GonSS Slide Show

I've chosen a view of the front garden for the next slide show.

This is looking out of our living room window.

I took this photo last Sunday.  The snow has melted quite a bit since then, but it is kind of nice to start this one with all the snow.  It's like a 'clean slate' where we can watch the garden come to life.  There will be containers in this view this summer.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

GonSS Slide Show 02

Over the past year, I have been taking photos out our patio door.
The slide show is in the right hand column.  I've been adding the photos as I take them.

The year before, I took photos out of an upstairs window and made a slide show from them.
It is also in the right hand column.

This year, I'm going to take photos of the front garden.  I'm still choosing the view.

I hope you enjoy the shows as much as I do.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Happy Third Birthday to GonSS

I can't believe it's been three years since I started this little blog.  There have been gardening successes, failures, struggles and surprises in the past three years.  It's very nice to share them all with you.  I keep learning from you too.

Who knows what the next growing season will bring to the garden.  Here's to experiencing it together!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

March Tour 2013

Front Garden


Back Garden

Side Garden

Vegetable Garden