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February 6, 2013 - Janet DelTurco
Gardening is still of the indoor variety alas, but progress is being made. I ordered my seeds a few days ago, and they came remarkably fast. There is nothing like the feeling when that fat yellow envelope peeks out of the mailbox. I sorted through the "planting hints", and took out two that say to plant 8 to 10 weeks from the last frost. I optimistically decided that 10 weeks is plenty, and opened those packages. I planted my sweet peas, and some interesting echinacea. This year I saved the clear plastic shells with lids that fruit and vegetables come in, and most of them are just the right size for 2 1/2 inch peat pots. So now there are two of them on top of the fridge, and in a week or 10 days I should be seeing the first little green shoots of the year. Upstairs the collection of plants in front of my bedroom window is flourishing. The two hibiscus in twelve-inch pots just sit there, but their glossy dark green leaves look healthy. The begonia, also in a large pot has lost a lot of leaves that dried up and needed to be cut off, but there are enoigh new ones growing to replace them, and now there is a flower shoot! And most of the geraniums are doing well, with several in bloom. My great grandson Owen asked me the other day if I knew anything about the aloe that is pictured in his second grade science book, and I was happy to point out the plant in the window. I am looking forward to the daffodil display this spring. I wen6t on a buying jag and planted a lot of bulbs in the front garden.
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