Carrots in April…

Carrots in April…

What a strange winter and spring we’ve had this year.  Everything’s  budding and the garden beds are already full of perennials making a strong comeback But the biggest surprise thus far is what is growing in the vegetable garden. Imagine my surprise when I saw baby carrots coming out the ground in the beginning of April. Even more surprising has to be the spinach and arugula that are growing from last year’s stalks. I’ve been gardening for years and have never seen these veggies survive a Wisconsin winter. Here’s hoping we get another mild winter next...

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Spring is almost over with….

Spring is almost over with….

It’s the Spring of 100 years.  We set a high of 78 degrees – breaking the record set in 1911.  It’s been over 70 degrees each day for the past 10 days.  And that is really all it takes to bring all the plants into bloom. It’s March 21, and no one remembers the plants coming to life this early in the area.  The Magnolia (Tulip Tree) burst into bloom last night with the blossoms giving a great show this morning. The above winter-hardy sedum is producing chicks faster than you can spit.  I just love all the purple-tinged leaves.  Here’s what she looked like last summer. After nine years, I finally planted spring bulbs in the back garden.  I almost kinda forgot I did it but now I’m beautifully reminded with all the...

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Spring has sprung

Spring has sprung

With the Sandhill cranes honking in the back 40 and the daffs and crocus coming up in the front yard, it’s time to celebrate Spring’s early arrival in Wisconsin.  Can I get a Yay! and a happy dance from Carlton?

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Dreaming about gardens today

Dreaming about gardens today

Checked out the 2012 Garden Expo and boy was that place packed with people today.  One of the exhibitors was selling Curling Willow and Pussy Willows – Yay – maybe Spring will come soon! I also found these cute little bugs and they are brightening the Christmas Cactus right now. A pretty popular theme at several booths were fairy gardens.  Kinda weird if you ask me – little houses, swings, weird fairies – I like just moss, rocks, plants in my terrariums. And I found a vendor from Milwaukee called the City Gardener who had the nicest Tillandsia or air plants – i.e. they normally grow without soil and need very little water.  They only need support from a branch or in this case a slightly dirty glass candle...

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Terrariums – fun project for a snowy afternoon

Terrariums – fun project for a snowy afternoon

Give me a day off of work and I can easily find things to do. Was inspired to build some terrariums today when I found some really fun glass pieces at a thrift store.  Does anyone remember making these as a kid?  I’d get so lost starring at mine – I could imagine a whole separate world in that container.  Got some great advice at Jung’s Garden center and they set me up will all the proper materials including pea gravel, charcoal, Zippy potty soil, moss and some cute little plants.  With the cover, it’s already warm and nicely humid – Just what plants love. For this terrarium, I put an elephant in for one of my favorite books as a child – Horton Hears a Who. And of course I’m already wondering...

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Post 400 and the last rose of summer

Post 400 and the last rose of summer

Holy cow, I’ve been doing this little blog since May 2007 and this is my 400th post.  I started blogging to simply write about things that amused, amazed and sometimes even frustrated me.   When I look back over the years, I find it’s a rich reference of my life’s plotting.  I refer to often for the first garden blooms and the last, how Beatons is progressing and how the girls have grown. A nice history source, perhaps for some future geneaologist (once I export the files and put on a server in my datacenter…..for posterity) Anyway….began cleaning the garden beds last weekend and put the roses to bed for the winter.  This beauty was one of two roses still in full bloom. And the smell is just divine.  The...

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