Sunday, March 29, 2015

A WInter's Tale

The garden is still very tan and brown.
Only this bright blue ceramic fish platter provides
a splash of color in this part of the garden.
Here, these last few days of March, winter is holding tight.  There is a board game called a Winter's Tale where the players write their own story lines.  Winter or Spring wins based on the strength of the story (and the number of inspiration cards one has to play).

I can't help but think a gardener's life is similar to this epic battle of the land caught in the grip of Winter.  It all depends on the cards we are given to play and the stories we can tell.  In the short dark days of Winter, our cards and stories revolve around seed and plant catalogs, garden plans and catching up on our garden reading, whether it is a book, blog, or increasingly these days, online.  Later we play cards like grow rooms with light stands and greenhouses.  On those rare balmy days we do winter pruning and attend gardening talks and seminars.

It is all Prologue to "The Gardening Season".  This year, as last, prologue seems to need a bit of editing and could do with a bit more brevity to my mind.

An interesting piece of garden art  I came across at
The photo is theirs. Actually, there was a lot to be interested in on their website,
although I wasn't sure this was a single piece or a assemblage of three similar pieces.
So, while we continue to sit in prologue, do you have your garden story written for the season?

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Garden Silliness Using Word 2013 Picture Tools

No, my window boxes do not look this nice. not yet, anyway. Using Word 2013 though with a bit of cut paste and shaping, I can get an idea what a particular garden element might look like in my garden. It's a great way to mock up an idea.

Now, the challenge as a gardener is to transmit that idea into reality. Gardening is more a performance art than anything else.  It is not like adding new hardware to your kitchen cabinets.

Yeah, and I think I am so done with coir liners. The birds have a great time attempting to nest in them or make off with the bits as nesting materials. This year I am going to use burlap liners to hid my black plastic pots. I realize they will rot in a season, but hopefully will look a bit neater over all.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Back into Gardening

Jung's Warm Double Date (Photo: Jung's)  A combo I have been considering for my window boxes
I've been spending a couple hours here and there in the garden, cutting back, taking stock.  It seems we have had a mild winter, little evergreen burn, no casualties so far, although it is very early days yet.  Last winter every step was a struggle; this year, not so much.

I am appreciating the bones of my garden.  We have had little moisture, neither snow nor spring rains.  The garden is holding, not really in winter, but without moisture not really breaking dormancy.

Inside I have started tomatoes and peppers.  I have taken a few cuttings of coleus, fuchsia, geranium and begonia.  I have started some cannas and dahlias in pots.  I have planted, late, some petunias which have yet to sprout.

I saw my first robins today, although I have heard them for a week or more.  Morning doves likewise have been cooing to me, sitting on the neighbor's garage.

Plant tags are more evident than plants.

I have goals, this year, more of these than anxieties about whether I can do the work my garden demands.  And I will hunt some new and replacement plants for the drought of 2012 and the brutal winter of 2013-2014.

Creeping phlox 'North Hills' (Photo; Jung's) Another plant I have been considering.

I can use my shovel.  It will be a good year.