It is about 26 degrees outside and I am sitting in my chair wearing my warmest pj's and covered with a throw. We hosted a big Christmas party earlier this week and the whirl of the Christmas season is underway. Despite all that, there is still a little gardening action going on.
My first seedlings popped their little heads up this week. I found some little starter pot kits for spruce trees in the dollar bin at Target. The kit included a tiny pot along with a soil pellet and packet of 5 to 10 spruce seeds. I figured that even if the seeds didn't germinate for me that I could use the pots so I bought them. Look what happened! I am so excited they actually came up.
My January issue of Gardening How To came in the mail today . . .
Along with my first Park seed catalog.
I stepped outside a minute and found my poor johnny jump ups wilted. They are usually perky and blooming but in the preparations for our party I neglected to water the poor babies. Don't worry, with a bit of water they will perk right up again.
Meanwhile out in my garage I have a bougainvillea that is blooming. It had to be moved from my sunny dining room for the party to a fairly dark cold garage and it hasn't missed a beat. I really thought it would go to sleep for the winter but I guess it just wasn't ready so I will move it back into the sunny dining room so this beautiful plant can continue to bloom. One of the best things about gardening is that it is almost never predictable and it requires lots of hope. And every once in a while you get really blessed. It reminds me of life. Just the other day I stepped outside after several 30 degree nights and found a white rose blooming. What a nice surprise blessing. If you still have leaves around your yard, don't rake them up and throw them out! They are free fertilizer. Chop them up with the mower right on the grass where they lay and then spread some white sugar to feed the soil and help the organisms eat their leafy meal. Leaves also make a great winter time blanket for your plants. Don't forget to water your garden in the winter during dry spells. Even though it doesn't look like much is going on in your garden, you can be sure that under the surface there is lots going on. Those roots are spreading and reaching all through the winter months. I hope your Christmas season is going great.
Until next time.