Dreaming of My Next Garden

As we near the end of the holiday rush, it is still weird to have it so warm outside.  But, that only makes me think more of spring and my next garden.  Meanwhile my indoor plants are just maintaining, growing a few leaves but not flowering.  I think they do not get enough sunlight from our southern exposure windows.  I put several in the sun for a while yesterday, that is when the clouds broke up.  I really do need to re-pot those African violets.  As warm as it is, I should do that before it gets colder later in the week.  Yes, that is my begonia outside, still blooming all the way through until now.

Plants in window

I received one of my seed catalogs last week in the mail, and DH gave me a Farmer’s Almanac for 2016 in my stocking. My gardening calendar came last week too, so I am in garden planning mode! One thing I learned last year, my idea of using bakery plastic clamshell containers for starting seeds was a bust. The seeds grew great, but the transplant shock killed them.

stacked greenhouses

This year I will look for some tiny peat pots to put inside the little plastic greenhouses so the baby plants can be moved without damaging them.  All this basil, and only two plants survived in the garden after transplanting.

Basil seeds sprouted

The most exciting thing is my amaryllis looks to be sprouting a new leaf again this year! If it blooms again, it will be the third year it has bloomed. I will watch it closely, and keep you all informed! I need to add just a bit of soil to it.  Click on Amaryllis Rebloom to see the second year blooms from last winter.

Amaryllis 33

Santa brought a new camera, so hopefully my pictures will improve. I love the sharp focus on the subject with the background blurred, and now I can do it!  This little goldfinch was happy to model for me.  It has a huge zoom capability, so maybe I can get the foxes this spring.  Look for more pictures of the garden this year too.


I got a couple of gardening magazines at the magazine exchange recently, now is the time to look them over.  Our local library has a table where you can drop off magazines you have read, and pick up someone else’s.  I also scored a couple of garden books at the library sale on box day.  So many pretty things to grow, what to choose this year?  I know I’ll have torenias as the hummingbirds do love those. Here’s one of those from last summer.  I put them in hanging baskets on our veranda.

Torenia June 2015 - 5

Last summer I divided my irises which were just getting too crowded. I had enough to create a new bed, and I can’t wait to see if they survived the move.  Here they are just after moving them.

Iris newly planted bed ~ From My Carolina Home

I hope my hydrangea will bloom this year.  I have fertilized it and it gets enough water, but it just refuses to bloom.  It is dormant now, and just has some brown sticks to show where it is.  I would love to have a wisteria, but I really don’t have a good place to put one.  The spot that has room and a fence to grow on wouldn’t get enough sunlight.

It doesn’t help that the Cooks Illustrated magazine has lovely art on their back covers.  There were a few of those in the magazine haul too.  Makes me want to plant all kinds of tomatoes, peppers, squash, onions and herbs.


The Almanac says our best planting days in February are the 13th, 14th, 17th and 18th for above ground crops.  I might wait until mid-March as our final frost date here is April 12.  Then the little seedlings would have six weeks to the best transplanting dates of May 1-2.

Are you in planning mode for your garden yet?

11 thoughts on “Dreaming of My Next Garden

  1. Rosemaryflower

    Oh this is great…. Really. I think we learn and try anew every year, Carole.
    The iris? They will survive.
    I have a strip of iris along the back yard on the side. It is about 12 feet long and three feet wide. I call it my iris plantation. I do not really like iris, so mine are all together like a farm. long story. hubbs great grampa was some iris farmer in Indiana….. I think. They have some big famous iris garden there, and the grampa started 4H.
    Anyway, I have a lot of iris. It is not my favorite type of plant. Those things will take a mighty beating.
    I think you are well on your way to progress this year.
    I would love to dig up all of the iris and toss them into the woods across the street and let them be free over there.
    Then I would plant a huge lavender garden.
    Have a fun Monday
    I have to run off now and put out fires hither and thither 😛

  2. Sharon Schipper

    Look at you! it’s 6 degrees this morning in Colorado, we had 3+ more inches Christmas evening, and tornadoes and bad weather south of us, and you’re dreaming of your garden! Well, I guess that’s a lovely thing to dream of… I want a wisteria when I purchase a home. And I wish I still had corms from my mother’s iris, that she got from HER mother… but they were lost when Mom moved to an area with alkali water and they didn’t survive. We want a small raised vegetable garden as well, just tomatoes, squash and peppers I think! I’ve done the container stuff as well, we always had that last frost in Oregon on June 1st and I lost tomatoes, so the answer was to put it in a large pot that could easily be covered with black plastic, or wheeled indoors for the night! We want a finch feeder as well, goldfinches, purple finches, house finches, we have them all…

    Happy New Year! Love your front porch gardening, will be happy to see the results!


  3. Mrs. B

    I love all that you do, the quilting, cooking, your trips etc but I especially love your flowers and gardening, thanks for sharing.

  4. Yes I have Gardening Fever TOO!!!! I’ve been pouring over the seed catalogs like crazy and then Home Depot put out their seeds the week before Christmas . A whole month earlier than usual. I think I was the first buying customer 🙂 They even have more organic and heirloom seeds this year !!!! Last year I tried the winter sowing process and had GREAT luck with it so I will try more this year and will be doing more Straw Bales too.

  5. Good Morning Carole! This is a fantastic post! I am not quite sure when I began my quest into flower gardening, yet it has grown and blossomed each and every year. I can never actually tell anyone very many of the names of the flowers that I grow, but Kevin helps and what hubby does not remember my stepdaughter Savannah helps out superbly with. Although, I have recently discovered all of the varieties of markers available to buy or make and am sure I will try my hand in a few. Iris, Day Lilies, Daffodils, Naked Ladies ( not sure of the correct name), Daisies are all some of my favorite flowers. But there are so many more! A couple of flowering bushes I would like to get started this year are Lilacs, Snowballs and Butterfly. Each and everyone of these have splendid aromas that draw in bees and birds; which are great for the garden, but also so much fun to sit and watch. I look forward to seeing and reading each and every post this upcoming year about your flower gardening and your vegetable gardening! Have a wonderful creative day!

    PS…I forgot to tell you that I did take your advice and just played patiently and finally figured out how to get back into my blog! I did not post anything, maybe later on today after I get back from a Doctor appointment. Now, I really need to buckle down and do some changes and get set up for what I want to accomplish this next year! Thank You for your support and encouragement!

  6. Yes, I have my seed catalog, but I haven’t done any browsing yet. I have some hostas to thin once it warms up, and will get some marigolds and tomato seeds, but our last frost is May, so I have a while before I need to plant. Basil I always buy, a nice size pot for 4 dollars it’s not worth the frustration to grow from seed myself.

  7. I just browsed through your posts from about mid-December on. My goodness, you are one talented, crafty, resourceful and diverse lady!! I really enjoy all the wonderful things you share — from cookie cutter angel ornaments to homemade Christmas cards to beautiful quilts, and so much more — thank you for sharing it all here! 🙂

  8. Mary Jo

    I used little peat pots in the containers you used and it worked great! I took them outside once it was warm enough to let them “harden up” a little before I transplanted them. I kept them in a shaded, sheltered area and brought them back inside at night for the first week or so, then gradually moved them to where I finally planted them. It worked, so some of what I did must have been the right thing!

  9. I keep my gardening pretty simple. I have two rose beds that I enjoy tending. ANd I have a perinnial garden in the front of our house that I am very proud of and like to add annuals to. I enjoy seeing all your little buds and plans. 🙂

  10. Not planning a lot. I will probably start something in mid-February. Here’s what we use to prevent that transplant shock. You can put them in the plastic containers to hold them, too. Cut toilet tissue tubes in half, place in your containers, fill with dirt and plant your seeds. Then you can put the whole thing in the ground and the cardboard just decomposes. You can also cut paper towel cores about the same size and use them. It’s always worked well here in E. TN! I’m all about cheap. =)

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