New Arrivals

The California poppies showed up all at the same time, a first for me. I'll probably plant these in the front yard: they're low and should work well in some tight spaces.

A second lupine erupted. Both it and the first one are huge in comparison to the seeds I planted, and I'm surprised that it can grow so much underground before reaching light.

Some more sweet peas came up. Two pots, four plants. In at least two cases, the stalk appeared some distance away from the hole the seed went into. Poor geotrophism, I guess.

Speaking of geotrophism, another seed sprouted roots upward toward the light: the first gazania. As I've done each time I see this, I picked the tiny plant up, made a new hole, and set it correctly in the hole. Now the gazania may have a little bit of an excuse, that being the instructions saying to plant it in average soil. You can't get average soil at Home Depot, so I brought some dirt in from outside and used it to plant them, covering lightly with seed starting soil. Our dirt has a bit of clay and may have been too dense for the gazania root to penetrate. But I still don't know why that might have made it grow in completely the wrong direction.

As I was checking on the outdoor garden, I noticed the first of the Caladium (or "Chlamydia, as my friend Dan calls it) that I planted last year in a previously barren corner of the yard. I won't dig up bulbs for winter storage, so it was a gamble whether the caladium would survive our frigid New England winter. At least one did :-)

We're suppose to have several 50 degree F (10 C) days in a row, so maybe more will start happening outside. We're still not past danger of frost yet, and it's way too early to begin thinking about moving anything out of the basement.