March 31, 2011

Spring news

Spring is finally here, the icebergs melting away from the gardens, and green sprouts peeking up between last fall's grasses and the fallen leaves and needles.  Tomorrow begins digging; the ground has also thawed enough to dig down further than two inches, which was the state just a week ago.

First things to dig will be strawberries, followed by columbines, thymes, lavenders and of course, roses.  I've got a couple to move that I was in the midst of digging when I got sick a year ago, and it will be wonderful to get them settled in their new homes nearer the house.  Some big clumps of lilies need to be split, too, as soon as the ground is warm that far down.

This evening's walk was filled with birdsong (geese, ducks, red-wing blackbirds), and the ponds are busy, for the first time in several years.  

March 3, 2011

Plants Catalog online

Finally!  What with being on the blizzard-a-day plan for the last few weeks, it's been utterly impossible to do the usual garden evaluations for what will have wintered.  Usually by now I'm admiring crocus and hyacinth shoots, and counting snowdrops, but knee deep snow and subzero temps have put that off. 

The catalog list is, therefore, a bit speculative, and will be changed as things are propagated, or discovered to have gone down a vole hole, but that knowledge is a bit in the future.  Shipping will not begin until into April, at this rate, as well.

The mailed version of the catalog is in printing now, and should start reaching folks next week.