We have been having a lot of cloudy cool weather lately which is great for transplanting and planting. The plants seem to adjust so much better when planted in this kind of weather. As much as I have enjoyed the weather I have to confess that I look forward to the bright sunny days that are hopefully ahead. When the weather is rainy and too wet to get out into the garden I have several things I like to do. As I have written before, I like to read garden magazines. I also have several web sites that I like to visit. One of my very favorite web places is a place called GardenWeb. GardenWeb is an Internet garden community. It has a garden plant database and several forums. These forums are places where you can ask gardening questions and get many answers. There are some forums where you can even trade plants or seeds with people from all over the world. I have traded seeds and plants and I have found this method of acquiring new plants to be great fun. There are rules so if you decide to join into the fun please be sure to check out the frequently asked questions and the rules. This will keep you out of trouble with the post office as well as those you trade with.
Another really cool place I like to visit is a garden blog social website called Blotanical . Blotanical is a great place to meet many garden bloggers from all over the world. Blotanical also has forums where you can find information. I believe Blotanical has had a profound effect on my own garden blog. I have noticed that since I joined I have had many more followers and comments. Blotanical has become one of my favorite places to visit. They have a system that allows you to visit other blogs and "pick" your favorites. I quickly became addicted to picking out my favorite posts from other bloggers. I also enjoy their system of faving other blogs and bloggers. It is a fun friendly place to hang out that encourages visits and messages to other bloggers.
I have several garden helpers around, my chickens
This is fluffy
My two goats, Bert and Ernie are a bit shy. They love to help me mow.
This is Simba
My roses are getting ready to put on their large flush of blooms.
My hollyhocks have just started blooming
Another favorite thing of mine to do when the weather is rainy is to read garden books. This book by Howard Garrett is one of my favorites. It teaches all about organic gardening in Texas. One thing that is very different in Texas from other places is that when you are looking at the plant labels you pretty much ignore the lighting requirements. I have learned the hard way, that many plants that grow in full sun in other places need a little shade in Texas. Although this book is geared to the Texas Gardener I believe it is a great book to have on your shelf if you are an organic gardener or want to learn more about being organic.
This book by Better Homes And Gardens is another of my favorites. I like it because it is simple, has great pictures, and many how to's on gardening. These are only a couple of my favorites. I will try to share others with you in future. I have found that reading and studying about gardening is a great way to learn more and to help me avoid problems.
Something else I like to do in cool cloudy misty weather is to fertilize my plants and grass. It helps to keep the plants from being burned.
I have had many comments from gardeners who live in colder parts of the world and let me encourage you. I know how hard it can be to see so many things blooming already in my garden but soon it will begin to get very hot here and I will be looking at your pictures wishing for Spring weather again. I enjoy all your comments and I love visiting other blogs. Lately I haven't had the time to do that as much as I would like because of my busy garden season but please know, very soon when it gets hot, I will be avidly enjoying your gardens through your awesome garden blogs. There are so many plants that you can grow so well that are difficult and sometimes impossible here in Texas because of the heat. That is one of the very best things about blogs: meeting other great people, enjoying their gardens, homes and seeing other parts of the world.