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Guess what it's doing outside?

February 26, 2010 - Janet DelTurco

I am so sick and tired of all the snow, I am seriously thinking of turning round my office space so I do not have to look at it! I hate driving in it, and this winter has disrupted so many plans. Just difficult for everyone, but especially the elderly. So I am trying to concentrate on providing some spring-like sights here in the house.

I have planted a tray of assorted hybrid peppers, and every one has germinated until now they are all over an inch high. Then I sowed some Morning Glories and they absolutely shot up tall and strong, over 2 inches now. I think I planted them too early, I am not sure what to do with them for the next 8 weeks or so. They will move from the kitchen counter to the basement, and that will probably slow them down as it is cold down there under the lights. Then I will have to pot them up in containers and hope for the best. I want to grow them up the supports of my swing and across the top bar, as well as up the arbor outside the kitchen door. The wonderful thing is that these seeds were 20c a pack at Walmart! I bought all five colors.....all that growth for a dollar.

Then a few days ago I sowed seeds of the climbing Black-eyed Susan vine, Thunbergia, and two or three of these have germinated already. These are two varieties, Blushing Susie and Sunrise Surprise which I think are prettier than the yellow with black centers of the traditional variety. I expect some seeds of the yellow ones to pop up around the old grapevine tree where I grow them, and these colorful ones will climb up a trellis each side of the garage door as they did last year.

In a few days I am going to plant my Dolcissima petunias and give them a good start.

Last week I also potted up the geraniums that I saved dormant this winter. The results were not perfect this year, but of the thirteen plants I saved, nine have leafed out and look strong, one more has some green stem and will possibly survive, but the other three look dead. This time I cut them back more severely than I have in past years, and I think that was probably the reason.

So in spite of the miserable sight out of the window, there is hopeful growth going on indoors, and I am trying to keep my eyes fixed on that.



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