Thursday, March 1, 2012


We finally got some snow.   It was beautiful but short lived.
 My "Elvas" amaryllis didn't turn out to be an Elvas after all. It looks like Candy Cane. Not sure.

Looks like I'll be getting another bloom.

I bought this clematis root from my nearby boxstore.  It is very small and from what I've read you are better off buying a small clematis plant vs these roots.  You'll want to keep the vines trimmed down to 18"- 24" the first year so that it can put it's energy into developing a strong root system.
The single stem clematis no longer looks like this.  I forgot to cover it and it wilted because it was not hardened, so I cut it down to the base and it already has growth on both sides of the base.  I'll share a pic next time.
One echinacea seedling came up...woohoo! The seeds weren't very viable or this one is a very early bloomer.
Here are my wintersown flax seedlings.
Blend of dill, purple cabbage, onions.
I transplanted the spanish onion and leeks and I think I waited too long to do this because they seem a little small.
I'm giving my leeks some compost tea which I made from a blend of comfrey, alfalfa, compost, and molasses.  Oh and it smells rather foul in my greenhouse thanks to this lovely liquid fertilizer but it does increase the humidity level which I find to be another great benefit.
I brought one of my indoor plants outside for some sunshine and tea.
Transplanting the onion seedlings.  The pic is out of order but I'm too tired to fix it.
My Sweet Pea.  I've started pinching back the ends to make them bush out.
The bok choy in the greenhouse bolted along with the mizuna and tatsoi.  One thing I did learn about gardening in the greenhouse this winter is not to grow kale for winter use.  The leaves grow so diminished in size(from less sun) that it is not even worth a meal, and from the looks of them, they will be bolting soon. I am going to stick with lettuce, bok choy, mache( which quickly became a household favorite) and mizune.

Only one guara seedling has come up. I must say that I did have great luck with snow-in-the-summer, poppies, and chinese lanterns(these gow like weeds actually).
The bag contains dehydrated celery from last years garden and  I found that rehydrating them and using them in soups does not produce good texture. It feels as if you are chewing sugarcane without the sweetness...anyways, so I ground them up, and placed them in a spice jar. It looks pretty and it make my dishes have a wonderful celery flavor.

Till next time and thank you for stopping by.


  1. I learn something new every time I visit over here! Thanks for letting me know about what you grow without heat in your greenhouse...I had no idea it got that cold overnight there. ~Lili

    1. Hi Lili and Thank you. Yes it gets very cold here too. Last year it snowed in June ... our gardening season is really short.
      I learned so much about gardening in cold regions from books written by Eliot Coleman. He's a great resource. Thank you for stopping by and Happy Gardening! Daisy