Apr 08 2012

Spring Planting

Published by at 1:08 pm under Country Life,Garden

It seems kind of unfair that you don’t get Easter baskets as a grown-up, which is when you need it most. I’d love to wake up to a basket full of chocolates and cuteness and then test my ability to eat the chocolate before noon. You can skip the marshmallow Peeps and substitute a mimosa. Dinner would be optional.

Instead of eating candy all day, I messed around in the garden a bit before the rain, which is promised to visit us all week, began. I snipped the dead and rangy looking stragglers off the hanging plants, and gave them fertilizer, discovering that the bag of fertilizer mysteriously has a hole placed (in)conveniently near the bottom of the bag.

I finally re-potted the calla lilies Jim gave me (mumble) weeks ago. One of them is looking a little peaked, and I wonder if it was damaged in the hailstorm we had a week or two ago. I propped it up and am hoping for the best:

Speaking of damage: the flower spike on one of my orchids got broken off somehow. I was surprisingly upset to find it lying on the gravel this morning. I put it in water, but I’m pretty sure it will never bloom. After all that work of bringing them inside to keep them from getting frost-bitten, and out again to catch the rain…

Despite this setback, I planted some nasturtium seeds. I have never grown anything from a seed, so we’ll see how that works out. The concept I had for them – they are vine-y ones, and my idea was to put the planter on top of the window Mark made in the studio, so they’d tumble brightly down the side – may or may not work out. A strong wind might blow the planter off the window, and then there’s watering something that’s a few feet above my head:

Practicality is not one of my strong suits.

Rob brought by a planter which looks to my untrained eye to be made of felt:

It had a tree in it before, which is now over on the family property, and he thought it would make a good home for the tree by the propane tank which keeps getting knocked over by the wind. During the last storm, I just let it lie there sadly for days at a time, knowing that if I picked it up, it would just get knocked down again, a sort of anti-Weeble. So I’m hoping that the new container will be heavy enough with dirt to keep it an upstanding citizen.

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4 Responses to “Spring Planting”

  1. Guy Charbonneauon 08 Apr 2012 at 1:33 pm

    Now that you have done a great job with the planting during the sunny days, you can sit inside, out of the rain and eat chocolates to your hearts content and watch the flowers grow.

  2. Joyon 09 Apr 2012 at 4:22 pm

    A constant battle with the elements… You really have a green thumb.. So sorry about that orchid of you’d.


  3. Mike Charbonneauon 10 Apr 2012 at 2:23 pm

    I agree with your observation about adults and chocolate although I can’t complain; we can pilfer a bunch from the kids. After all, it’s in their best interest. 😉

  4. Suzyon 10 Apr 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Now that Jessica has moved to Portland, there are no kidlets steal candy from. Say, Mike….what about Easter in California next year? Bring the kids! 🙂

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