Day and night.
That’s how our weather has been lately. A fluctuation of about 20-25 degrees. Which doesn’t sound like much unless you have tiny, precious seedlings to care for. A couple of weekends ago I actually had to cover my citrus trees and a few other summer plants (tomato, sweet potatoes and herbs). Our area didn’t have a freeze warning but all of our surrounding areas did and I wasn’t willing to take a chance.
Crackers has been a real trooper dealing with the cold. He’s been hanging out with me during the day enjoying the warm sun and hunting water hoses.
Rick and I came up with a better solution for a barrier for the animals too. We found plant edging that seems to be working so far, fingers crossed(!). The area back to the right is Crackers’ original feeding area, Rick made him a pedestal out of leftover edging stones (you can’t see it in the picture) that will now be where his house sits in the summer. It’s a shady area and out of sight from Einstein. And worse case scenario, if the dog does make it through the kitty fence the front gate is always cracked open so kitty can get out easily.
Last week I had a stomach bug so the poor seedlings were neglected. I was sick for 3 days and took another 2 days to fully get my energy back. Needless to say they spent way too much time inside the dark dining room. The flowers and herbs look the worse, all leggy and pale. Rick did try to help them (surprisingly, thank you sweetie!) by putting them outside and watering them for me.
After I was finally feeling better (and ate non-stop for 2 days) I ventured out to the garden to see what else had been going on in my absence. I was delightfully surprised to see that I had not killed the pomegranate bush after all. He was one of the plants I thought had died last summer, all his leaves fell off last fall. I’m glad I decided to wait and see what he did in the springtime.
The other exciting things I discovered were the tomatoes starting to turn red, the cabbage is forming nice little heads and my bulbs are sprouting again. The bulbs in that old wash sink are irises and gladiolas. Fingers crossed (again) that those bloom this year.
My inside garden is doing well too. The orchid has a flower stalk coming out of it. It hasn’t bloomed in 2 years. And my window seedlings (I call them that because that’s where they sit) are ready to be potted finally. I think they’ve grown enough roots. The first one is a bush that grows on one side of the house. I don’t know what kind of plant it is, other than it’s a bush with flowers and those flowers smell amazing(!) so I needed to grow more of them. The second one is a clipping from a plant my father-in-law gave me last fall. Again, I don’t know the name of that plant but they look like little trees and do well as house plants. I don’t about you but we have problems finding plants that like to be inside. So this was a good solution for us.
And lastly, my gardening magazines just got delivered. Just in time for spring reading and a good dose of inspiration.