Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Babbling...

I had a great weekend and very productive. With weather like we had over the past week, even if you aren't a gardener the outdoors was calling all people.



I planted the Russell Strain Lupines and the Red Breadseed Poppies. Both seemed to be happy outdoors. I planted clumps of Poppies like Darla suggested. I managed to plant 18 small clumps of poppies and 17 seedlings of Lupine. The snapdragon is still so small I didn't want to plant yet. The seed start mix is so fine that it is difficult to retrieve the seedlings from the container. I decided to add an organic indoor potting mix to the seed start. I mixed 4 parts seed start to 1 part potting mix. I believe that this is going to give me a better root system for transplanting. I also figured that if I don't get a BUNCH of seeds started this week that I will be running behind.

I spent a great deal of time trimming trees and bushes. Much more to do since my yard is so huge. I can walk under them again.

My washer went on the fritz in the middle of the week last week. It was taken out and went for repair and is to be returned today. A very old fridge also sat in the utility room and was removed (thank you Lord). So my utility room is getting a clean up. Everything is still sitting in my kitchen and is getting pretty annoying. The room needs to be painted but we'll see if that happens. I am adding some shelving and hopefully a pantry of some sort. I really hate when an appliance goes on the fritz - this often means replacing it. Thankfully it has been repaired but don't ya hate when everything else is put on hold pending the repair.

Spent some time with Mom and Pop. I planted her seeds in some containers for her. I'll plant more this weekend for her. They are not feeling good these days. Both of them take 1 or 2 naps a day. Last year at this time Pop had both of the huge gardens plowed and some stuff planted already. The fall that he took 3-4 weeks has really affected him. Falling 10' is bad for anybody and falling into a greenhouse that is full was really bad.

We are expecting a 2-3" of rain today and tomorrow and then clearing off for another beautiful weekend. Hope my plants don't drown.

Time changes this weekend. Don't forget to spring forward.

Hope everyone has a great day and maybe enjoy some outdoor stuff. To all of you gardeners out in the yard today - I'm jealous.

16 comments:

Darla said...

We had to buy a new washer just two weeks ago....glad yours could be repaired. Hope the poppies do well. Mine are clumped and fine, more room in the ground for the roots..I like your idea of amending the potting soil for better root growth and handling. Prayers for your folks...what a fall! Everyday I wake with anticipation to get outside!! Wish I didn't have to stop and pick of children from school, or cook, or , or , or!

Debbie's Garden said...

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but whenever ONE of my appliances takes a dump they all seem to follow in one way or another.

RainGardener said...

You are just moving right along aren't you. That's great and I'm glad your weather is being cooperative. I'm also glad you were able to get the washer repaired. Those things are a real dent in the budget if ya have to get a new one. Can't wait to see the plants getting big.
My poppies are all showing now and Tootsies Rose Mallow is showing now too.
Had snow froze on the top of my car this morning but not much. Well any was too much but o'well.

Noelle said...

You have certainly been busy. I am looking forward to seeing your poppies once they come up. I hope your father will continue to recover so that he can enjoy gardening again.

cherry said...

sending hugs for the folks can't wait to see all your seeds as beautiful flowers soon.

hugs,Cherry

bennie and patsy said...

I need poppies in my garden: And give Buddy a hug for me.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

It is such a headache when major appliances go on the fritz. Anymore it almost cost as much to repair them as to buy them new.
You have been very busy outdoors.
Time changes always take me forever to adjust to but I am glad the days are getting more daylight now.
It was 66 degrees here so I was in heaven and outdoors messy around today. Felt good and he old dirty snow piles are melting. Yeah!!
Lona

Joanne said...

Gosh you have had an industrious time inside and outside too. It is lovely thouigh now spring has arrived at last.

Deb said...

it's beginning to look like spring here...so excited..

Gatsbys Gardens said...

I can't believe we are changing out clocks already with snow on the ground!

Eileen

Busy Bee Suz said...

I love my appliances and when they hurt, I hurt. :0
I hope your folks feel better...a fall is hard on the body. It sounds like he did a number on himself.
Take care, Suz

Missy AKA Little Messy Missy said...

I love Lupines they are my favorite flower of all time. I have two flats started now, purples, pinks and whites. They are about three inches tall and seem to be responding to the grow lights. Sorry about your washer...

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

During Christmas time we had one appliance after another break. Those unplanned repairs definitely put everything on hold until you know how much it's all going to cost. Hope the washer keeps going for a long time now that it's repaired.
Can't wait to see how the Poppies look blooming in a few months, they'll probably reseed for you and you may never have to start them again.
Hope your parents are doing okay, they're lucky you are so much help to them.

Daisy said...

Sounds like you've been busy outside! :-)

Sorry to hear your parents aren't feeling well these days.

I hate when appliances are on the fritz, quite an inconvenience.

Enjoy your day, Becca. Hope the rain doesn't give you too much problems.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Becca: Isn't that the way it goes, you get the plant in and then a flood. I hope it drains quick enough to do no harm.

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