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Monday, April 6, 2015

A shortage of color

We've done some yard work.
Our biggest mistake last year--not getting rid of all the leaves.
We did make a sweep of the yard last fall and move all the errant crocus and anemone bulbs.
However, my chipmunk friends replanted some over the winter.
I wonder if, like a hobbit hole, there are storage rooms off the main tunnel,
and this purple crocus came up from there.


Another front door.
I think chipmunk holes are bigger than mole holes.
But, I don't know.
At this point I have no animosity toward either.


So much left to clean up.
I see a couple of weekends of hand and knee work ahead for two young women.


Now, about the lettuce tower.
Lettuce plant flowers this year!


Here's what I'm thinking:

Top pot:
Portulaca and nasturtium

Middle pot:
Trailing lobelia
Black eye Susan vine
Million bells

Bottom pot:
Snowtopia
Burrow's tail
Creeping Jenny
Trailing clematis

The only flowers in at the greenhouse now are pansies.
I need to return at the end of the month.
There is plenty of time to change my mind about anything,
Except portulaca, nasturtium and snowtopia.




25 comments:

  1. I know that garden will look great in a couple of weeks.

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  2. I'm hoping that there'll be regular lettuce pot reports.
    Jane x

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  3. That's interesting with the pots with what you are contemplating planting in them. Good exercise with garden/lawn preparing for the young ladies :)

    betty

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  4. Sounds better than lettuce....except you might want to rethink Nasturtium in the top pot as they will probably cover up what’s below.

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    1. OK, they can go in the bottom pot. But they must be included.

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  5. We'll have radishes soon and rhubarb pie next week. I've planted a few flowers, but there wasn't much choice yet at the nursery. I love the idea of a lettuce tower. So far the deer haven't found our lettuce and if I harvest the entire crop now, I'd have a nice dinner salad! I love spring!

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  6. Hari OM
    top planting choices ... I adore nasturtium in particular.... crikey, what a difference a couple of weeks makes! YAM xx

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  7. Your garden always looks amazing.

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  8. You put much more planning into your gardens than I do. My mother used to plan hers too. I guess that is why my flowers are so sparse.

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  9. Ooooh. I am so looking forward to photos as it grows. Mind you, I am pretty certain that bulbs move. We don't have chipmunks, or moles but bulbs pop up each year far from where they were planted.

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  10. Cleaning up the garden after winter is so much work. Having willing granddaughters to help, priceless.

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  11. We have a shortage of color too. An old pumpkin rolled in the yard from under the trees. A squirrel had tunneled through it. There. Color.

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  12. I like the idea of the stacked of pots. We've got Sweet Williams and tomatoes started in the greenhouse.

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  13. stepping stones are wonderful, floral tower just the ticket.

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  14. "Lettuce" all smile at Joanne's delightful pun :)

    We are still 18 inches of snow away from being able to find the ground, let alone plant anything in it!

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  15. Oh yes Joanne - those of us who are lucky enough to be experiencing Spring weather are all planning the Summer garden.

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  16. I had to look up a couple of those. it should be very pretty.

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  17. I like your lone crocus. As for gardens, we've more or less given up on them here. With the drought, it hardly seems worth the effort... in the end the 100+ heat kills it all. But I still do hanging baskets of herbs out front. The heat gets them eventually too, but they're less work.

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  18. I haven't been able to get back outside my house. I have a toe that is so sore I cannot stand shoes. But I am aching to start planting flowers. And to move the house plants outside!

    Smidgen Snippets & Bits

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  19. I love it when crocus pop up in unexpected places. We've had a couple of days of glorious sunshine and the gardening chores are accelerating here as well - I don't mind though, I love things growing.

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  20. Can't wait to see your cool planter with that mix -we just put out pansies- they will probably last here until mid June

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  21. I love portulaca! and you've just given me an idea.
    Thanks.
    Looking forward to seeing your tower in full bloom.

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  22. I look forward to pictures of your tower later in the season. It should look great.The pots are very attractive.

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  23. I love the idea of that last tower of plants. I intend to steal it.

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  24. I need some young ladies here to do hand and knee work!!

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