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February’s starts

From icy weather to warm 70 degree temperatures, this year’s February is a study in extremes. Average temperatures this time of year tend to be around 30-40 degrees, but it’s been feeling like shorts weather all week long.

While the damage that the snow and ice can’t be ignored, there are signs that the garden is rebounding. I may have lost my felicia and verbena to the frost (top growth is looking very brown and ugly), but the lilies and one daylily have begun to sprout out of the ground. The Hot Lips salvia that I sheared back to 1/3rd its original mass looks like it might be hiding new leaves at the crown, but it’s too early to tell yet. The violas are starting to rebloom and the dianthus all need a good haircut.

My plant order from Accents for the Home and Garden arrived today, and the specimens I received appear to be in good shape. I’ve placed them under the growlights until I can be assured that the temperatures remain in the upper 60s from now through March.

I wish I had extra income to afford some of the outrageous prices that caladiums are demanding right now. I’ve got my eye on the strap leafs since they may be more within the budget–though not by much.

The seedlings are looking mighty healthy at this time.

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