Farmers Market Herbs

After my long wait in line at Pecan Lodge, I sauntered over to the Farmers Market to grocery shop. Happily, some vendors were offering plants, bulbs and ornamentals for sale. I was thrilled to find a vendor selling variegated basil and variegated thyme.

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Wishlist plant: variegated mint or “Emerald and gold” mint

Seeds n Things!

I’ve got seeds…and things! My trip to North Haven Gardens and Home Depot yielded some impulse buys. I was hoping to find some good herbs and ornamental pepper seeds; NHG didn’t have the ornamentals, but I did find elfin thyme (red/pink) and silver lemon thyme.

The curcuma is an interesting tropical flowering plant from Thailand. It love shade so I imagine I will be planting it in the shade garden along with all the other tropical plants. I do hope my ginger lilies come back.

Asparagus! I need to get the asparagus planted. Instructions state that it’s a perennial. I can’t wait to dish up this veggie.

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Prez Day Weekend Garden Shop!

Well, it’s not all about the weekend haul. I took some pics from the past week’s garden and Valentine’s Day present. Yes, we adopted an orchid! His and hers lucky bamboo too!

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2013 Gardening Notes

January and February has seen waves of warm weather alternating with cold. With temperatures rising into the 70s at times, winter landscape was tricked into showing some green. Even our weed lawn sprang into verdant purple bloom this month. However, there was also enough rainfall to entice some of the herbaceous plants to put out new growth, as seen in the pot of Oriental Limelight artemisia growing on our doorstep. I expect to see one or two more cold snaps before we permanently warm up for March and outdoor planting. As of this morning, I rescued a cutting from my old succulent planter to place into a tiny sake cup for planting. If it takes root, I’ll be able to resurrect one of the winter-killed plants.

Leeks are so robust! These are three roots I saved from the kitchen scraps and dunked in some water.

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Spring is coming…the evidence in photos below.

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Wishlist plants: Golden Japanese Stone Crop (Sedum makinoi Ogon) and Bleeding Heart ‘Golden Heart (Dicentra spectabilis).