Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Blooming Tuesday-Working Despite the Storms

Its hard to work in the garden when it looks like this outside the window. The ferocious winds whipped the sandy fields surrounding our home all day Saturday. But, I won't complain, considering that a few miles down the road people lost their lives and homes in all directions. All of those affected by the tornadoes in North Carolina and the other states need our thoughts and prayers.

I went outside early Saturday morning before the weather forced me inside. Here are my trusty tools and clogs waiting for me to begin.

This is a cutting of the Don Juan rose my hubby gave me that was left behind at our old home. I've had success with rooting roses using this "Grandma's Mason Jar" method before, so hopefully this one will work too.

The temperatures outside have become dependably high enough now, so I have brought many of my houseplants outside. Here are some aloe plants and a newly rooted "Ghost Plant" from one of my friends.

I repotted these two and then tucked in some annuals so their summer vacation will be more beautiful.

I filled this old rusty enamelware dishpan with pink impatiens.

The lettuce are producing more leaves than we can eat! I need to start sharing with friends!

We moved the seedlings outside. They will be planted in the garden this week.

This post is linked to Mrs. Greenthumb Jean's blog.


Impera_Magna said...

Your garden is growing quite well there, Mistress Debbie! Lettuce is hard to keep up with once it gets going.... enjoy!

Joani said...

I just love when it is planting time and then the rewards when they are growing leaps and bounds. Have a great day.

Auntie M said...

Our plantings are looking better, too. Wish I were near to you so that we could share lettuce.

I like your idea about putting annuals around your vacationing house plants.

Granny said...

I'm so glad to see your post and see that all is well at your house.

Your plants look great. Our weather is too unpredictable to plant anything outside yet.

Anonymous said...

Good luck with your Don Juan rose cutting, that's the method my grandmother always used and it was always successful. :)

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Calling by from Bloomin' Tuesday, as a first time participant, discovering all the other great blogs that participate. It looks like your garden is doing well.

The Working Home Keeper said...

Glad to hear you all are okay Debbie!

Mary Ellen

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

My grandmom would start roses like that all the time too, what a great memory:@)

Becca's Dirt said...

I really need to go to my moms and get some cuttings from her. Looks like a lot going on in your gardens.

Alexandra said...

We were surrounded by the storm, but thankfully, only got a good bit of wind. Other areas NW of us where not as fortunate.

My plantings are doing okay, but seem slow growing. I put out my beans today. I'm starting a special garden for my daughter because she is getting into mine! I caught her tearing up the soil and trying to plant lawn onions yesterday....need to make a trip to the Dollar Tree for some fun garden ornaments for her.

Zoey said...

I hope your rose survives. I love that you are using your grandmother's method. I wish I had garden memories like that!

Your old rusty enamelware is my kind of planter. . . so much nicer to use something like that with character than a plastic pot (although I use a LOT of plastic pots).

The weather has been so strange this year. Here (Michigan) it just keeps snowing!

jean said...

Love the idea of adding annuals to indoor plants! Can't wait to see them when everything is filled in. Glad you only gat some bad weather. Jean

Paula said...

Your garden is coing - I was out for the first time today - felt so good to be in the dirt - even though it was cold - thanks for sharing your hard work! Paula in Idaho


Ms. L said...

Your yard looks good in spite of the bad weather. So sad to hear about all those who have been affected.

Yes, your lettuce is getting big! Maybe make a salad or two? That's the thing about lettuce - once it grows, it gets big fast, lol. It will start to bolt in the warmer weather and then it's bitter-tasting.

Denise said...

My prayers go out to those that were affected by the weather this week.

Your garden and yard are shaping up for a productive growing season. I just got some wonderful compost delivered and we spent a little time outside on Monday working in the yard. More plans for later in the week!

Alana Jo said...

I love the rusty dishpan!!

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