Easter Sunday Morning Open Thread

(Vinny & Patsy, thank you commentor Ruth)

… And, now that we’ve all had a quick larf, some more garden shots from dedicated commentor Raven:

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Here north of Boston, the earliest of our daffodils got blasted by late March storms, but the white narcissi are starting to bloom. The Siberian iris leaves are greening up, and it looks like we’ll have at least some lilac blossoms in a couple of weeks. And it’s supposed to be almost 80 degrees today — time to get out and start cleaning up the winter detritus…

What’s going on in your garden(s) planning this week?



Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Athenian Spring

Dedicated commentor and all-around great guy, Raven:

Here’s a few shots I took last evening.

The boss is particularly please with her Spanish Bluebells.

The Cowboy is a screen door grate we bought in New Orleans years ago, when the deck came down we had to find another place for it so it’s on a rose trellis for now.

The “Raven” is a nice piece a friend made after the little fella died. I made a little memorial out of an old wheel barrow.

The dogwoods [top photo] are going nuts and the Japanese Maple is looking good.

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…. Aaaaaand it’s still ragged-end-of-dead-winter, here in New England. But if we get a few more sunny days, there’s lots of buds just poised to blossom. Some of the trees are already doing so, if my pollen-sensitive histamine system is any indicator…

What’s going on in your garden (planning) this week?








Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Springtime in the Ozarks

The indefatigable and gifted Ozark Hillbilly, making those of us still in winter-blasted climes jealous:

These are the signs of an early Ozark spring:

Pic #1: Early maple seeds

Pic #2: an early Dogwood blossom.

Pic #3: Forsythia blossoms on the ground.


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Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Hurry Up, Spring!

Faithful gardening commentor Marvel:

Deep Spring? Okay. I kid. Most days, it ain’t any kind of Spring out there. I’m grateful that our Winters are mild, here in the Pacific Northwest…but DANG, they do seem to last a long time. This year especially.

Lately our weeks of showery days have been punctuated with the odd sunny one (and we’re all miles of smiles, believe me — positively giddy). Everything’s coming in late – the flowers, the Winter veggies (our asparagus is at leat two weeks late).

Last week we finally (FINALLY!) had a warm sunny day and BOY were the crocuses (croci?) happy to dry out & turn their sweet faces to the sun.

The few sunny times have been short-lived, so between these magical days, we’re putting our indoor time to good use: plotting the what/where/whens for the raised beds & green house. Today? SEED TAPES!


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Sunday Garden Chat: Praties and Poppies

Double header this week, because our Garden Correspondents are the best, and some of them live on the left coast where the weather has moved beyond snow/slush season.

At the top, from commentor Marvel:

We had another sunny day today so we fussed over an otherwise-uncultivated area out back in preparation for the annual ceremonial/sacrificial internment of our St. Paddy’s Day Spuds. We’ll plant a well-tended bed of potatoes for eating & storage some time in May, but lore has it that one must show one’s faith in the coming growing season by planting potatoes on the Irish holiday. Since each previous years’ crop of storage taters look mighy freakazoid ’round about mid-March, this activity works out well for us.

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And from commentor Scout211:

We finally have warm weather and plenty of sunshine after many winter rainstorms and “atmospheric river” events that brought us record rainfall this season. The drought is finally over, at least for the vast majority of the state.

Here are some wildflowers to brighten your Sunday.

Attached are 4 photos from March 11-13, 2017, either on our property or our neighbor’s property. The first pic [above] is of a group of popcorn flowers.

The second pic is a group of foothill poppies.

The third pic is a close-up of the foothill poppies.

The fourth pic is a group of blue dicks.

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Also a mid-March tradition, the Boston Flower Show, considerably reduced since its BHS heyday, but still a good way to get into the spirit of another year’s yard-tending. Nothing like walking onto the trade-show-arena floor and being hit with a blast of warm green humidity and the smell of damp mulch! We’re hoping to get there Wednesday evening, weather and the Spousal Unit’s work schedule permitting.

What’s going on in your gardens (planning) this week?








Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Visions of Summer Ripeness


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From gifted photographer & loyal garden commentor Ozark Hillbilly:

Got my seeds almost a month ago. Had to build a new germination/growing stand and it took a week to get it together. Planted my tomaters, egg plants, and peppers to start with.

Of the maters I have grown Green Zebra, Orange Icicle, Arkansas Traveler, and Yellow Pear before. Really looking forward to the Costoluto Genovese and Purple Calabash. The Solar Flair just looked fun and the Moneymakers are a greenhouse type for next winter. Also growing Amish Paste from saved seeds


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Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Shrooms

From faithful garden correspondent Marvel:

Starting to get itchy glove-hands, ready to start weeding & other yard chores. Thankfully (unfortunately?) those tasks won’t start for a few weeks — after the rains let up.

A friend of mine sometimes challenges/invites her Facebook friends to celebrate the day with haikus & photos. Being happy dwellers in the Pacific Northwest, our poetry/pix ’round these times often include, um, sufficient references to our mild-but-wet clime.

Here’s my submission from today:

Mushrooms resplendent
on Winter-watered tree trunks
a subtle beauty

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Here north of Boston — where we’re expecting another 8-12″ of snow today, on top of the 4″ Friday night, after the 12″ Thursday afternoon — I’m beginning to weaken on my “no tomato garden this year” resolve. Looking at my favorite websites, thinking I can cut back from last year’s overambitious forty-plus plants to just a couple dozen. After all, last summer was an anomaly, even the professional market gardeners in the area lost most of their tomato crops (I tell myself).

Problem is, our list of must-haves grows ever longer: Paul Robeson, Cherokee Purple, Black Prince, Blondkopfchen, Japanese Trifele, Black Cherry, Kellogg’s Breakfast, Chocolate Sprinkles, Opalka, White Currant… And I always want to try a couple new varieties, for fear of missing out on what will become a new must-have…

We also have a semi-functional basement now, where the cats and dogs aren’t allowed, so I’ve been eying a modest tabletop grow-light setup for seed starting. Anybody got advice on that topic?
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What’s going on in your garden(s) planning, this week?