Finally the weather has warmed up enough this May to start working in the garden, and by working I mean adding plants and sowing seeds. The odd night is dropping down to single digit temperatures, about 7 Celsius, but the days are lovely and warming to 20 Celsius or a bit more.
The spring blooms are plentiful. The lilacs just opened and you can get their wonderful scent while sitting on the deck.
I purchased a gorgeous pot of pansies on the Easter weekend from our local flower farm. They are hardy plants that bloom in the really cool temperatures, mind you I did put them into the garage several night towards the end of April, especially when we had that awful ice storm. These pansies are on the deck and if you look carefully through the railings of the deck you can see a little sun feeder that we will with black oil sunflower seed. Do you see the goldfinch enjoying a snack?
I have been given two Miracle-Gro plant saucers to try out. I got them awhile ago and was just waiting for the lovely weather to use them outside.
These are nice deep saucers that keep the plant lifted up a bit so they don’t sit in the water. The underside has a cork circle which protects the surface it sits on. I’ve got the larger one under my pot of pansies as the table has a glass surface and there is no fear of scratching the glass.
I’ve the the smaller plant saucer under a lovely pot of geraniums on a little plant dolly. The saucer catches the drips after watering and the cork on the underside protects the wood of the plant dolly. You can hardly see the saucer at all as the clear plastic bends right in with the clay pot.
These plant saucers are a great addition to the garden. I appreciate being given the opportunity of trying them out.
The ladder planter has a new location this year and I’m working on filling all the planters with hens & chicks, stringy stonecrop, kamtschaticum, red carpet sedum, and creeping jenny. These plants grow in many places in the garden and I just take cuttings and plant them in the teapots, teacups, baskets and other interesting little containers. I’m also considering painting the ladder a nice vibrant colour. Do you have a suggestion?
The Gardener Side of me keeps my online garden journal to help me keep track of when the plants sprout, bud and bloom
Growing: just about everything including the dandelions
Planting: tomato plants, beans, peas, potatoes, 4 o’clocks, Peruvian daffodils, lettuce,
Transplanting: hosta, Egyptian walking onions, hens & chicks, stonecrop,
Blooming: daffodils, trillium (red & white), yellow iris, tulips, sand cherry, bleeding heart, solomon seal, pansies, geraniums
Finished blooming : crocus, hyacinths
Trowel & Error: just died off over the winter – wegelia , some grapevine, the odd hosta in large pots,