From December to March

From December to March, there are for many of us three gardens:
the garden outdoors,
the garden of pots and bowls in the house,
and the garden of the mind’s eye.
~ Katherine S. White

It has been a number of months since I wrote anything on this blog. I tend to cocoon in the wintertime, wrapped in my books and my knitting. Garden blogging is set aside while I winter over.

The quote above, however, describes perfectly my own December to March with my “three gardens.” There was so much rain this winter that we set new records. The outdoor garden was an absolute swamp! Indoors, some of my window garden plants gave up the ghost while others flourished. Not sure why. And the garden of my mind’s eye was inspired by the gardening books I read this winter and by the two online gardening courses I enjoyed on those rainy days.

But now I am happy to get back outdoors to start our spring gardening. Husband is focusing on the important structural aspects of our vegetable garden … putting in the pathways and preparing to install an irrigation system. Daughter has started some seeds indoors and we are happy to see them sprouting. Son and Grandboy are deciding on some seeds for their garden box. And I am cleaning off the front porch, getting ready to plant the porch pots soon, preparing the raised beds in the vegetable garden, getting ready to plant the veggies and herbs. Last weekend, Hubby and I bought 5 new barrels and planted some blueberry bushes in them.

So Spring is here and it is simply delightful to be able to get outdoors again and putter around in the sunshine after a long, wet winter!

Another Hot Spell

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It’s another scorching hot record-breaking day for our area. It takes all morning to water, and then I stay inside and read or knit during the worst of the afternoon heat. The porch plants were recovering from the last blast of heat, and looked good this morning. I’ll see how they do with this afternoon’s hot breeze. I’m looking forward to the cooler temperatures of late summer and early fall!

On the Porch: Double Impatiens

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Being part-time residents of our new home in the Grove is frustrating. I can’t wait to become a full-time resident and gardener, but in the meantime, my gardening projects will have to be simple and require minimal care. So, I’m focusing more on container plants on the porch, and continuing to dream of the gardens and the flower beds that will be coming in the next few years.