Winter is Over!

Posted on May 28, 2014. Filed under: Just Fun, Plants | Tags: , , , |

crocuses

Winter is over in Wisconsin.  What a wonderful truth!  It was a long and tough winter.  It has worn us out and battered us.  I wondered if any plants would actually survive.  The ground had to have frozen further down this year.  But, alas, the world has turned from brown and white to green and colorful!  My new peonies are promising to bloom soon and these crocuses popped up awhile ago.  Hope springs new!

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Plant Sale Progress

Posted on May 1, 2013. Filed under: Plants | Tags: , , , , , , |

The offerings for the plant sale have increased quite a lot.  We have had about a week of decent weather, finally, and I have been getting last fall’s leaves raked off the plant beds.  All 11 rhubarb plants are up and accounted for and they look stronger and healthier than ever.  I should enjoy a good harvest of rhubarb for my fruit smoothies this year.  The sluggish hostas are just beginning to poke their leaf points up so I have left them Plants - sale 4alone for now.  But I did grab some of the peonies we inherited with our property which some fool planted in the shade of the woods where they have been languishing.  I have them potted up and they look pretty happy there.  I found a few more on this morning’s walk so I will be getting out with my shovel quickly.  If they get up into a leafing out all is lost.  Even with an early digging, they will definitely sulk this year and probably most of next as well.  The effort is worth it, though, because I will make a tidy sum at $4 per plant and the buyers will have luscious candy-pink frilly blooms just a few years from now for that cheap price.  At the garden centers they would pay at least $15 per plant and those would sulk too!

The lamb’s ear is rebounding in their pots after being pulled apart and stuck in dirt.  Some new, softly green leaves have sprouted in just a few days.  My neighbor has shared some pachysandra and miniature daisies which got into their pots yesterday.  It’s fun to do a mental calculation of profit if I were to sell it all and I am somewhere near $300 including the houseplants.  I am already salivating at the idea of heading to the garden centers with some cash to invest in new specimens after it is all over!

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