Swing into Spring - Idyll #259
HI all, Well, spring has officially arrived and I guess it is time to swingÂ into spring cleanup in the gardens. IÂve gotten a couple beds cleaned out in the last week and am itching to ÂdiveÂ into the driveway garden and might just squeeze a couple hours this afternoon to do a bit outside if I can get the indoor stuff finished quickly.
IÂve got to spend some time this afternoon cleaning out the fish tank and repotting those new fuchsias. They are drying out way too fast and are growing well so I want to move them up to roomier accommodations. IÂm over the moon with how well my ÂBeacon RosaÂ standard is doing and am hoping I donÂt completely mess it up when I get it outside to harden off. Does anyone out there have a sure fire way of hardening off indoor plants? I could really use some advice, as I tend to fry up my babies in the spring sunshine. Even when I think IÂm taking things slowly enough I still get an awful lot of sunburn on the cuttings.
IÂve been running like a mad person and canÂt seem to get caught up enough to sit down to my brushes and it looks like IÂm going to be crazed getting my latest magazine deadline out yet again.
Doug and I are going to the Keen flower show tomorrow and IÂm going to stick around to help clean up and see what gets thrown into the dumpster after the plant sales are done on Monday. My DB has picked up a lot of plant materials over the years that way and I figured a day of my time would be worth picking over the leftovers. In fact that really pretty variegated plectranthus came from there last year.
DD is still not completely recovered from that flu and IÂm getting a bit concerned that she is doing to much too soon and not allowing herself the time to recover. It sure was a nasty bug and IÂm thankful Doug and I didnÂt catch it.
I also wanted to ask if anyone has started up any of their dahlias yet? IÂd gotten a bunch of mine going in March last year because I wanted large, blooming plants for mid July but IÂm thinking of waiting until the end of April this year. Although, quite a few of them are throwing roots and new growth so I might not be able to put them off that long.
OK I donÂt really have time to comment right now and will try to get back here tonight after we get home from dinner out at MJÂs. IÂve lots to comment on but it will have to wait until later.