February is usually cold and bleak, but not this year. I had the windows open yesterday to air out the house, it is that warm! Above average temperatures and abundant rain have woken up all the bulbs. Another hyacinth is coming out in bloom, again way too early! This one appears to be mostly white with pink edges, but it isn’t fully in bloom yet.
The problem is that they are all coming up, and I can’t bring them all inside like I did the pink hyacinth last month. I’ll just need to keep an eye out, and cover them if needed. The bed had a bunch of clover in it, and I pulled all that out before the rain began.
The Shasta Daisy is leafing out all over the stems.
The crocus bulbs and daffodils I expect about now. This rich, deep purple crocus is the first of the season. Lots more are expected within the next few weeks.
Iris bulbs and tulip bulbs are waking up too early too. Our last average frost date is April 15th, and it has snowed in early April in years past. I leave the fallen leaves on the beds through the winter, then clean them out in the spring.
My second iris bed has a lot of growth, the taller ones are the early bloomers that are so gorgeous. If the weather takes a turn to the freezing side, I’ll have to scramble to cover them all up. Luckily I have the sheets ready.
According to the Farmer’s Almanac for 2019, the best days this month to plant above ground crops, seeds and flowers are the 15th and 16th. So, I planted the veggie and flower seeds yesterday. Hope springs eternal, but maybe this year they will do better. I’ve been reading the Master Gardener notebook and learned a bit more about seed starting. I raised the seed pots up using some plastic drawer units from the storage area to get them the suggested 16-inches from the grow light. I’ll take out the risers when the seedlings get started.
If you haven’t planted your seeds yet, the next most favorable times for flowers is the 21st and 22nd. Above ground crops days are the 23rd and 24th. I’m going to try blogger friend’s milk jug idea for outside sowing on a few tomato plants outside to see how that goes. On the wall in the kitchen, my Gardening Calendar says the moon this month is called a Snow Moon. Boy I hope it doesn’t snow!
Last month, I talked about re-potting both my amaryllis bulbs. I moved the Apple Blossom amaryllis to the silver pot, and the red one to a larger ceramic pot. A few days later, the Apple Blossom was putting up a flower stalk.
Ten days after that the flower was coming along nicely.
The red one didn’t bloom last year, so I thought giving it some bone meal and a larger pot would help. I was thrilled to see a flower spike about two weeks later.
Now, the white and pink one is three feet tall, and I hope the flower will open soon. The red one is about half that height and will be longer before it shows.
The African violets may have to be replaced. My attempts to flush out the over-fertilizing has not made any significant improvement. My attempts to root two leaves has also failed as they have been in water for a month and have no sign of any roots.
The other violet seems fuller, but the new leaves are small still, and there are scaly patches on the some stems. This may be the fungal disease for which there is no cure.
In the Carolina room, most of the surviving plants are still doing well. I did lose one of the geraniums, but the spike dracaena and the flat leaf parsley are both doing nicely.
There have been a lot of birds around this winter, keeping DH on his toes to keep their feeders full. I saw this pileated woodpecker (AKA the pig) on the suet feeder recently who may be part of the reason the feeders are emptying so fast. I’ve had to run him off several times now, along with the doves that sit on the lower feeder and keep the little birds from getting a meal. I was amazed that he figured out how to hang on to get to the food. There are a pair of them. I missed getting the picture of one hanging like this, and the other on top of the pole.
Our small herd of two does and two little ones came by recently. I spotted them in the meadow, and got the good camera for a long zoom photo.
Easing out onto the veranda, I got more photos of the little group as they crossed the driveway.
Beautiful and graceful, they look healthy. The little ones have lost their spots completely, and both appear to be does.
Such pretty faces, they are wary of me with my clicking camera. But I tried to keep still and they moved slowly into the forest.
I haven’t seen Clarence in weeks. He is the wild turkey who comes by for handouts. I miss that old bird. I hope he is living it up somewhere warmer. Maybe he will come back in the spring.
What is going on in your garden?