Saturday, February 23, 2013

Bulb and flowers...oh my....

 It's been quite chilly in my neck of the woods this month...but the last few days have warmed up a bit in the afternoon...it got to 65 yesterday...so I ventured out to plant some Summer bulbs I picked up last week...Gladiolas!! I have a lot of these in my yard...or should I say the front...the gopher ate most of them in the back yard...evil little devil...well....needless to say...I planted them all in the front...55 of these beauties...I like to get the mixed bags...so I never know what color will pop up. The funny thing is...some of the older bulbs are already popping up...I found a half dozen or so about an inch or more up out of the soil...that excites me! I forgot to take pictures of all the daffodils that are starting to bloom...they are so pretty...I have several varieties in back and front...it seems that gophers don't like daffodils...thank goodness!
 I have these little violas popping up everywhere too...and while I was planting bulbs...I moved a bunch of these around to different areas...this if the most popular color in my yard...I have trouble getting the yellow and orange ones to grow from seeds I collect...I will keep trying...I was able to collect quite a few seeds yesterday too...I just sprinkled them all over...I don't store the collected seeds until it warms up more...that way I always have lots of these little gals...
 I have these everywhere too...they are actually part of the mum family...and soon there will be little white flowers everywhere! I spent time moving some of these around to bare spots too...these will get quite a bit taller...they will reach up to about 12 inches tall...they are another of my favorites...and so easy!! They re-seed themselves every year...now what can be easier!!
 I also noticed that one of my Camilla bushes is loaded with blooms... this one always gives huge blooms...and sort of ruffled flowers... 
A bunch of them were hanging upside down...so I cut them for a vase...this is just 5 blooms...each one is about 5 inches across...no wonder they're so heavy!
This morning it is chilly out again...we have had frost warnings for overnight...but it is supposed to warm up to the mid 60's...I will go out after lunch and do a bit more clean up...I also have sugar snap and snow peas to plant...I got the seeds a couple weeks ago...just now getting around to planting them...I also need to plant more lettuce seeds...I just plant the loose leaf type...it seems to grow the best here...our apple tree is starting to flower...the lavender too...the bees are keeping busy in the yard...you can hear them buzzing if you stop and listen...and the birds quiet down for a minute...they are pretty noisy! This is a nice time of year in our yard...we get so many migrating birds through here and things are popping up all over...the bare spots in the yard will soon be covered with life...the mountains are still snow covered...and there is a chill in the air...the sun feels good on my skin...it's like we're getting a fresh start...to do things again...hopefully better...I like that!
Until next time...enjoy your day!!!

7 comments:

Kris said...

Oh so pretty! I am itching to plant too!!!!
xo Kris

shez said...

oh my you have such a beautiful garden with so many pretty flowers Linda.xx

Holly said...

I really need you to come over and help me with my garden and my flowers. I just love how pretty everything looks. Should be a gorgeous spring for both of us.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Sounds like a lot is happening in your garden lately! How exciting. Those Camilla blooms are so pretty! They look lovely in your vase.

Beverly@southernhomesweethome said...

oh I can wait to see your glads.. I planted some last year .. not sure if the voiles ate them! I hate those rascals too..know what you are going thru. Love you already have flowers to enjoy.

MaryMaryQuiteContrary said...

I want to be teleported to your place, as I shiver on the couch! I'm envious of your weather AND your green thumb! Everythings so beautiful! Your violas are my fav. In S. Illinois it was in the 40's yesterday! Some people had on shorts and capris! ack! My son lives in San Diego and keeps me updated on the weather! LOL
Mary Jo

Judy Biggerstaff said...

How pretty, I would love to be thinking about bulbs and plants and so spending so much time thinking about this snow and digging out.