Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Just Ranting on the Weather

Just a little RANT on the weather this month...good grief, we have only had about three days of 'normal' temperatures during April...tonight at 6 pm it is 39 degrees,  Again!  I am having to use a heater out in the uninsulated potting shed ... even during the days sometimes.  This is "Costing Me Money, Darn It!" 

 Perennial plants are up and shivering as much as us.   I'd like it to be a little Warmer for ME to start digging up and dividing them for the upcoming plant sale! 

Plant sale dates May 12-14 and May 19-21, 2011...10 am to 5 pm ...hope to have the plants ready for you!

The forsythia in the front yard is just beginning to bloom.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Transplanting Delphiniums Today

Today, I  transplanted Blue Mirror delphiniums.  They are a shorter delphinium with sprays instead of spikes, a most lovely cobalt-blue color, and perennial!  I had started seeds in a plastic cookie tray with another tray underneath it (for watering from the bottom)...I planted too many seeds in this container!  I did not think they would all germinate, for some reason.  I added extra perlite to both the germination mix and the potting soil mix.  Ideally, I should have got these transplanted a few weeks ago. 

However, today was the day I finally got to them.  I just used my finger to dig into the moist soil and pulled  out a chunk of soil with roots attached.  This year I put two seedlings in each pot.  Gracious me, there were a lot of them!  I ended up with about 25 or 30 plants replanted into the tray, and 74 pots!  This is part of the end result:

After I watered them, I put an upside down tray over the top to keep humidity in.  I'll remove that in 24 hours.  I will have these Blue Mirror delphinium plants  for sale at my plant sale in mid-May!