Friday, February 3, 2012

Stuff and Such

"Elvas" Amaryllis

Here is my attempt at layering my honeysuckle vine.  I made a hole in the bottom side and ran a honeysuckle branch throught it. I removed the leaves from the branch that would be touching the soil and then I added potting soil.  I haven't been watering it as I should since it is on the side of the house.  We'll see if this works.  I have two of these.

More Sweet Peas to plant.

I wasn't able to soak the peas so I decided to nick them with sharp scissors.  Here is what it looks like with part of its shell missing.  Please ignore my soiled nails.  Macro lens,"They show all the dirt!" ;-)

I wanted to clean the glass before taking the picture but I would have lost the moment.
Niko is wanting out and Coco is wanting in. I haven't been taking Niko out to the greenhouse because the other day she escaped.  So I had Niko on my finger and we're walking to the greenhouse and she has one of her want-to-fly spasms and  takes off.  Over the neighbors fence and off she went.  I could hear her screaming in distress as she was flying.  I ran to the front yard and down the street.  I found her a block away on someones front lawn, screaming and disortientated.  She's had the tast of freedom and has been trying to escape ever since.  I wish I could give her her freedom, but she wouldn't survive out there.

I started these other seedlings and more to come.

My shelves are getting packed with seedlings and I'm running out of room. Oh, and I still need to make room for summer veggies.

Notice how clean my workbench appears thanks to the shelves(garage sale find) I installed on the left side. 

The thermostat will make it alot easier to control the temperature in the greenhouse which I'm planning to use only when I start my warm season veggies, since I no longer will be starting them in the house.  I need to mount it on a piece of wood first then to the greenhouse.  I'll do this another day since it will take thought to decide where to place it.

The milkhouse heater will be plugged into the thermostat. I'm glad I won't need to do any hardwiring.

My daughter and I went for a bike ride and we watched the geese sunbath.
Till next time.
Happy Gardening!


  1. I'll be interested in seeing how your honeysuckle does. I have a crossvine growing up the side of my house that needs layering. I may give your experiment a try. Your greenhouse looks fabulous! I don't have one, but I love hearing what others do with theirs, thinking that maybe one day I'll just have to have one! Cute dog and bird!

  2. That is so cool to be able to really use your greenhouse to start your plants this time of year... mine has no heat! Oh my goodness your little bird must have been so glad you caught up to her. ~Lili

  3. Hi HolleyGarden, Yes, give it a try! I have friends that propagate their grape vines successfully in this manner. I can see you with a greenhouse in the near future. Once you start admiring them you'll want one too. That is what happened to me.
    Happy Gardening and thank you for stopping by.

    Hi Lili, Thank you,I'm glad she's home safe.
    Lili, everything I've started in the greenhouse, I've done without heat,with the exception of the leeks and onions, and the temps in the greenhouse drop to low 20's most nights. In the mornings the water in the cans are frozen and my cleome, blue flax, poppies, sweet peas, lettuce and more are still growing. We have mostly sunny days in reno and overcast days are far and few. I don't know how it is where you live, but it would be fun to see how it works for you.

  4. Nice to stop by your Blog. Here on the shores of Lake Michigan it is so different than in your state. I was surprised to see we are in the same zone. I follow a number of blogs in the West since I think it is important to "see how the other half lives" as they say. So many of the photos I post on this blog have Lake Michigan as the backdrop and add so much to the garden experience here. Am lucky. Hope to see you soon. Jack

    1. Hi Jack,
      Thank you for stopping by. I also find it interesting to visit other gardeners with similar growing enviroments but almost a world away. I will have to stop by and visit.

  5. So many things to anticipate in your green house... what fun you are having. Don't forget to save room for those summer veggies.

    1. Hi Carolyn,
      No such thing as saving room for my summer veggies...I've reached the point of no return! and I've exhausted all my shelf space... Hopefully I will have the spring plants out by then. Thank you for stopping by.