Signs of Spring

Yesterday was a glorious day on the mountain top! The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and best of all……are you ready??

Drumroll please…..
THE RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS HAVE RETURNED!!!!!!!!

Via

That means spring really IS around the corner!

When I came home from work there were two males in the big maple tree in my front garden. Oh, I was so delighted to see them! Sweetie has had them at his house for at least a week already….and now they finally made their way up the mountain to my house too!

Happy days, for sure! The Robins will be next, hopping around the back garden looking for fat worms.

It truly is the little things, don’t you think?

The snow has all but melted at this point, but of course we could still get more snow for the next three months…..sigh.

But the sunshine has been glorious, and the clocks change this weekend, so I’m one excited lady!

Even my fig tree is happy! As soon as I brought it upstairs it started growing figs!

In the fall I carry it in from the deck and tuck it into the closet under the stairs. It’s cool down there (50’s) and the fig doesn’t get any light or water until I bring it upstairs after the Christmas decor gets put away.

I have it in a South facing window, in the guest room, where it can enjoy the view of the horses and the mountains all day long.

Last season was the first time it bore fruit, but the figs never ripened, I imagine due to our short summer season. So, this year I brought it upstairs earlier, to give it more time….and look at that, it appears I may actually get a fig or two this year!

Downstairs, my seed starting is going well, and I now have 11 flats of seedlings planted.

The first eight flats are now in the laundry room area, under two grow lights.

The three most recently planted flats are in the utility room, where it’s toasty warm right next to the furnace. They are also under a grow light.

I also use heat mats to help them get started….my seed starting equipment sure has grown since I first tried growing from seed!

I now own four grow lights and three heat mats, and about 20 black seed starting trays. The only thing I’m missing is a greenhouse! Ahhhh, some day….a girl can dream, right? For now my wonderful cold frame will certainly suffice.

These are Impatiens, and are just getting their second set of leaves. By the time our last frost date rolls around (Memorial Day Weekend) and I can safely plant these out they should be good and strong.

Meanwhile, the Impatiens cuttings I rooted in the kitchen window all winter are incredibly robust! Why on earth did I never think to do this before? It was so simple!!

I cut healthy stems off all my Impatiens right before the first frost, as I was tucking the pots into the garage, and stuck them in water in the kitchen window. Every single one rooted!

Guess what I’ll be doing this fall?

Via

These gorgeous Osteospermums were one of my most recent seed starting experiments. I always adore these flowers come spring, but I’ve never tried to start them from seed. Fingers crossed! Nothing has sprouted yet, but it’s only been a few days.

Via

This Coleus was another….don’t you just love Coleus? I know from experience that cuttings from Coleus root easily in water, so at the end of the season I’ll have to snip some stems for next season’s plants.

I need more windowsills!

Via

I’ve also planted some Dusty Miller seeds. I like the way this plant glows in the waning light as the sun is setting. I didn’t start many, just 6 cells….just enough for an accent here and there.

It seems the groundhog was right and we may just get an early spring….and I plan on being ready for it!

Meanwhile, just where were my little helpers, do you think?

Molly was napping on a cozy blanket by the fire with her baby pink bone….and Monkey was looking for a chance to steal the baby pink bone!

Story of my days….the little rascals!

What’s happening in your world? Any signs of spring?Yesterday was a glorious day on the mountain top! The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and best of all……are you ready??

Drumroll please…..
THE RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS HAVE RETURNED!!!!!!!!

Via

That means spring really IS around the corner!

When I came home from work there were two males in the big maple tree in my front garden. Oh, I was so delighted to see them! Sweetie has had them at his house for at least a week already….and now they finally made their way up the mountain to my house too!

Happy days, for sure! The Robins will be next, hopping around the back garden looking for fat worms.

It truly is the little things, don’t you think?

The snow has all but melted at this point, but of course we could still get more snow for the next three months…..sigh.

But the sunshine has been glorious, and the clocks change this weekend, so I’m one excited lady!

Even my fig tree is happy! As soon as I brought it upstairs it started growing figs!

In the fall I carry it in from the deck and tuck it into the closet under the stairs. It’s cool down there (50’s) and the fig doesn’t get any light or water until I bring it upstairs after the Christmas decor gets put away.

I have it in a South facing window, in the guest room, where it can enjoy the view of the horses and the mountains all day long.

Last season was the first time it bore fruit, but the figs never ripened, I imagine due to our short summer season. So, this year I brought it upstairs earlier, to give it more time….and look at that, it appears I may actually get a fig or two this year!

Downstairs, my seed starting is going well, and I now have 11 flats of seedlings planted.

The first eight flats are now in the laundry room area, under two grow lights.

The three most recently planted flats are in the utility room, where it’s toasty warm right next to the furnace. They are also under a grow light.

I also use heat mats to help them get started….my seed starting equipment sure has grown since I first tried growing from seed!

I now own four grow lights and three heat mats, and about 20 black seed starting trays. The only thing I’m missing is a greenhouse! Ahhhh, some day….a girl can dream, right? For now my wonderful cold frame will certainly suffice.

These are Impatiens, and are just getting their second set of leaves. By the time our last frost date rolls around (Memorial Day Weekend) and I can safely plant these out they should be good and strong.

Meanwhile, the Impatiens cuttings I rooted in the kitchen window all winter are incredibly robust! Why on earth did I never think to do this before? It was so simple!!

I cut healthy stems off all my Impatiens right before the first frost, as I was tucking the pots into the garage, and stuck them in water in the kitchen window. Every single one rooted!

Guess what I’ll be doing this fall?

Via

These gorgeous Osteospermums were one of my most recent seed starting experiments. I always adore these flowers come spring, but I’ve never tried to start them from seed. Fingers crossed! Nothing has sprouted yet, but it’s only been a few days.

Via

This Coleus was another….don’t you just love Coleus? I know from experience that cuttings from Coleus root easily in water, so at the end of the season I’ll have to snip some stems for next season’s plants.

I need more windowsills!

Via

I’ve also planted some Dusty Miller seeds. I like the way this plant glows in the waning light as the sun is setting. I didn’t start many, just 6 cells….just enough for an accent here and there.

It seems the groundhog was right and we may just get an early spring….and I plan on being ready for it!

Meanwhile, just where were my little helpers, do you think?

Molly was napping on a cozy blanket by the fire with her baby pink bone….and Monkey was looking for a chance to steal the baby pink bone!

Story of my days….the little rascals!

What’s happening in your world? Any signs of spring?

Yesterday was a glorious day on the mountain top! The sun was shining, the birds were singing, and best of all……are you ready??
Drumroll please…..

THE RED WINGED BLACKBIRDS HAVE RETURNED!!!!!!!!
image
Via
That means spring really IS around the corner!
When I came home from work there were two males in the big maple tree in my front garden. Oh, I was so delighted to see them! Sweetie has had them at his house for at least a week already….and now they finally made their way up the mountain to my house too!
Happy days, for sure! The Robins will be next, hopping around the back garden looking for fat worms.
It truly is the little things, don’t you think?
image
The snow has all but melted at this point, but of course we could still get more snow for the next three months…..sigh.
image
But the sunshine has been glorious, and the clocks change this weekend, so I’m one excited lady!
image
Even my fig tree is happy! As soon as I brought it upstairs it started growing figs!
In the fall I carry it in from the deck and tuck it into the closet under the stairs. It’s cool down there (50’s) and the fig doesn’t get any light or water until I bring it upstairs after the Christmas decor gets put away.
image
I have it in a South facing window, in the guest room, where it can enjoy the view of the horses and the mountains all day long.
Last season was the first time it bore fruit, but the figs never ripened, I imagine due to our short summer season. So, this year I brought it upstairs earlier, to give it more time….and look at that, it appears I may actually get a fig or two this year!
image
Downstairs, my seed starting is going well, and I now have 11 flats of seedlings planted.
The first eight flats are now in the laundry room area, under two grow lights.
The three most recently planted flats are in the utility room, where it’s toasty warm right next to the furnace. They are also under a grow light.
I also use heat mats to help them get started….my seed starting equipment sure has grown since I first tried growing from seed!
I now own four grow lights and three heat mats, and about 20 black seed starting trays. The only thing I’m missing is a greenhouse! Ahhhh, some day….a girl can dream, right? For now my wonderful cold frame will certainly suffice.
image
These are Impatiens, and are just getting their second set of leaves. By the time our last frost date rolls around (Memorial Day Weekend) and I can safely plant these out they should be good and strong.
image
Meanwhile, the Impatiens cuttings I rooted in the kitchen window all winter are incredibly robust! Why on earth did I never think to do this before? It was so simple!!
I cut healthy stems off all my Impatiens right before the first frost, as I was tucking the pots into the garage, and stuck them in water in the kitchen window. Every single one rooted!
Guess what I’ll be doing this fall?
image
Via
These gorgeous Osteospermums were one of my most recent seed starting experiments. I always adore these flowers come spring, but I’ve never tried to start them from seed. Fingers crossed! Nothing has sprouted yet, but it’s only been a few days.
image
Via
This Coleus was another….don’t you just love Coleus? I know from experience that cuttings from Coleus root easily in water, so at the end of the season I’ll have to snip some stems for next season’s plants.
I need more windowsills!
image
Via
I’ve also planted some Dusty Miller seeds. I like the way this plant glows in the waning light as the sun is setting. I didn’t start many, just 6 cells….just enough for an accent here and there.
It seems the groundhog was right and we may just get an early spring….and I plan on being ready for it!
Meanwhile, just where were my little helpers, do you think?
image
Molly was napping on a cozy blanket by the fire with her baby pink bone….and Monkey was looking for a chance to steal the baby pink bone!
Story of my days….the little rascals!
What’s happening in your world? Any signs of spring?
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