Thursday, March 13, 2014

Seed Shopping

Bachmans' Seed Showcase

It's that time again. With winter slowly, and I mean slowly, drifting away, the time has come to start seeds indoors. Last year I was so busy that I never got around to starting my tomato seeds indoors. Instead I waited until planting season and bought some tomato plants from Bachmans. Unfortunately, the variety I selected didn't yield as well as others I have grown, and they weren't beefy enough. Beefsteak tomatoes are by far my favorite.

So I visited my local Bachmans and picked up some tomato seeds to get started, and went ahead an bought some spinach, lettuce, and beet seeds as well. Once this snow melts, it will be time to till the garden and get those into the ground.

With the birds chirping, Spring is finally here!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

New Peony Plants in My Garden

Last year I planted two new peony plants in my garden because quite frankly, I can't get enough of them. Even though their bloom time is short, I love their beauty and fragrance.

Pink Hawaiian Coral

Coral Supreme 

Friday, March 29, 2013

Virginia Spring Beauty - Minnesota Wildflower

Another one of my photos from a spring walk in Nerstrand Big Woods State Park. This one is a native Minnesota wildflower called Virginia Spring Beauty, or Claytonia Virginica. The flowers are so small I almost walked right by them near the waterfall.

Friday, February 22, 2013

White Trout Lily

Visiting Nerstrand Big Woods State Park every Spring is one of my favorite rituals. This year will be my third year photographing Spring wildflowers in Minnesota. I took this shot of a White Trout Lily last year, which are small and sometimes hard to find if you don't know what you are looking for. I have yet to capture one open.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Volunteer Plants

These cute little Violas growing at the base of my front porch are what my mother-in-law calls "volunteer" plants. They "volunteer" to come up from seeds left behind by the parent plant a year before. I call them "babies" and love them for the shear fact that they are free. In fact I have had great success with Pansies and Violas coming up from seed the following Spring. Of course you never know where they will pop up, or how many there will be, but it sure is fun to see them peaking out each year. Last summer, I had a bunch of Pansies show up in my lawn.

Other plants gladly give me volunteers, the most common being Coneflowers and Black-eyed Susan. This year my "Crater Lake Blue" Veronicas gave me six additional plants to transplant to other parts of the garden. I just love free.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Cleaning up the Mulch

This year I had the task of cleaning up my front garden beds, which includes raking up all that old, large mulch that is too big to break down into the soil. I had laid down the original cedar mulch about four years ago. The bucket above is full of old mulch that came just from the small space it sits next too.

After raking up the old mulch, I laid down a layer of bagged cow manure that I pick up each year from Pahl's Market in Apple Valley to give the plants some added nutrients. I rake it into the soil around the plants, then put down a new layer of mulch on top. Voila, a garden is reborn!