Is it Winter or Spring? Tulips Are Up!

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Wed. April 24, 2013
2nd Quarter Waxing Moon in Libra
Celtic Tree Month of Willow
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cold

In spite of the fact that the cold, raw air won’t release its grip on us, the plants are pushing through. There’s still a great deal of clean-up to do in the yard, but the loam is down.

Last week, when I took leaves to the dump, I saw the pile of loam. Which meant the rest of the day was cancelled, and I spent it hauling as many buckets of loam in my little VW as I could fit and spreading them in the beds. Thick, dark, rich, light — I looks fantastic, and the plants love it.

I missed it last year — I didn’t go on the day it became available. In spite of the mountain provided, it’s usually gone in a day. I didn’t make that mistake this year.

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The forsythia are in bloom, as are the dark pink azaleas on the side of the house. The cream-colored tulips have joined the daffodils and the hyacinths. For some reason, the blue hyacinths I planted last fall didn’t come up, just the yellow ones; and the pale daffodils I planted beside the row of tulips on the side of the house haven’t come up. But everything else looks great, and I think the local wildlife rearranged a few things, because there’s stuff coming up in places I know I didn’t plant!

Inside the house, the tomatoes, bok choy, peppers, eggplant, cucumber, pumpkin, kale, carrots, radishes are all doing well. The lettuces and greens are mopey — not sure why, since they started strong. Just to see, I tried planting corn, and it doubles in size every day. The sage and oregano have started (I tried them from seed this year), but still no luck with the basil. Outside, the lilacs and the bush cherry look good, and the Rose of Sharon’s got a lot of buds.

I hope the harsh winter means a lush growing season!