Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Horseradish buds

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The perennial Vegetables and Herbs seem to be doing well this year. The horseradish was planted about 2 years ago and hasn't been harvested or root trimmed as yet. It is probably time to start before it takes over the bed. On the other hand the strawberries and digitalis might keep it at bay. The leaves are a bit hard to make out in the photo, they are bronze colored this time of year and deeply incised.
Last weekend I finally started some seeds that I had left-over. Started 2 kinds of basil (Lemon and Sweet Green), Dark Green Italian parsley, High Carotene Tomatoes, Touch of Red Calendula, Lunaria and some Pansies. I don't have much hope for the flower seeds (dated 2002 and 2004) but figured it wouldn't hurt to try.
Also pulled a bucket of Cardamine from the garden. The weedy brassicas are doing well

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cornell Pink Rhododendron

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This is one of those plants that seems like a really good idea the years that it blooms. This Rhododendron is deciduous and blooms early in the spring before the leaves unfurl. The problem with this variety is that doesn't bloom most years at least not in my experience. I'm pretty sure that the lack of summer heat is the problem. Photos online of this variety growing in warmer summer areas seem to have much more abundant blooms. It may improve as it ages?

Monday, March 8, 2010

March snow

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I guess I wasn't surprised to see snow in March. The crocuses will probably survive the return to winter, but I'm not so sure about the flower buds on the Ribes sanguineum or the salmonberry. Today's driving snow might be a bit much for those flowers.