Chilly Sunday

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Another Sunday–another week gone. I was hoping to set out the tomatoes this week, but it’s been in the 30’s at night (about 0 degrees C) and way too cold for tomatoes. I have homes for ten of my forty plants, another ten ready for my garden. And what to do with the twenty remaining? Hard choices in the garden.

The photo shows the first stirrings of my white feather hosta. For several years now, I see photos in the gardening catalogs showing white hostas. Three years ago I gave in and bought one. Don’t be fooled, though. It’s only this creamy white in the early spring, and turns pale green the rest of the time.

I have another novel outline on my plate for the coming week. I’m going to try and write two novels at the same time. Wonder if anyone else has tried to do that. How did it work out?.

Enjoy the day.

Gloomy Sunday

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It rained buckets last night and it looks like more rain is coming in. Meanwhile, blackbirds and a couple of blue jays have gathered in our pin oaks.

I don’t pretend to know a lot about wildlife photography–or photography for that matter. But I do know to tiptoe out the door to catch a photo like this. Lucky for me, the storm door didn’t squeak.

Daffodils have started to bloom. One lone tulip. And Jim has mowed the grass for the first time. Welcome Spring 2019.

Starting to be Spring Sunday

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Sunny today but cold–in the mid-20’s (-7C). The cold doesn’t seem to bother the emerging perennials.

A couple of blue jays are picking in the garden, looking for worms maybe or insect larvae. They fly away when I come out with the camera, so no picture.

Clean-up is underway. Lots of raking and pulling out the nasty ground cover weeds that seem to thrive in winter.

And I discovered a hack for picking oak leaves out of rose bushes–a kitchen tongs. Keeps my hands out of the thorns.

Warm-up is predicted this week. The lettuce will go in and zinnia seeds spread. Happy spring.

Cloudy Sunday

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It’s been raining, which makes wanting to get out in the garden more difficult than if it were sunny. But the daffodils and tulips wait for no woman, and so the weeding has begun.

The potatoes are in as are the beets, the sugar snap peas, and the romaine lettuce seeds. Green lettuce plants are on the deck, hardening off. The asparagus has been fertilized and now we wait for the first luscious shoots.

Toward the end of April, I’ll see how my basement-planted Ophelia eggplant and tomatoes are doing, and think about setting them outdoors.

It’s spring.

Sunny Sunday

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It’s starting to look and feel like spring. We’ve lived through the cyclone bomb–the photo was taken right after the storm. Thankfully, we didn’t have much damage here. Wish I could say the same for friends and family in Nebraska and Colorado.

But I’m taking advantage of good weather to start spring garden clean-up. My potatoes and snow peas are ready to go in the ground. Tomato and eggplant seedlings are doing fine in the basement along with a variety of green-leaf lettuces. Happy to be gardening again.

And, I’ve finished my paranormal romance and will start looking  for representation next week. I’ll post how it goes.

 

Sleepy Sunday

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Rain and wind yesterday, moderated today with temps in the 40’s (Fahrenheit).  But still overcast and chilly. Not a nice weather day yet. But there are robins on my lawn, so spring is coming.

And here is Fat Boy, stretched out on his bed, but ignoring his blanket. Guess he’s decided he’s too good for a $12-on-sale flannel blanket and would prefer to sleep on chenille. He picks out the little white threads, too, so eventually, I’ll have to replace the bedspread.

Bad kitty.

Snowy Sunday

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Here is the view from my front window. A March snowstorm and hopefully the last gasp of winter. Right now, the snow is coming down sideways thanks to a 30 MPH wind. Whew.

I have lots to do here in the house and don’t have to be anywhere till Thursday, so it’s all okay.

Soggy Sunday

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Yesterday, we had mixed precipitation including rain, hail, graupel, ice, and a tiny bit of snow. Not to mention the snow already on the ground.

The cloud in the photo brought us a cold front.

This morning, we have sun but the yard is soggy with about 5 inches of standing water.  Maybe the sun and wind will dry things out, allowing us to prune trees before leaving February behind.

Five years ago, I planted 13 trees not far from the house. Nine are visible in the photo, all getting ready to leaf out. Suckers and lower branches need to be removed before spring. But first, I have to NOT sink to my ankles in the swamp that my yard’s become.