After several spring-like days that brought milder temperatures and a fair bit of rain, it was a treat to look out onto the front lawn and see large bare spots around the crabapple tree, and most of the other shrubs. Who would ever think one could get excited about old brown grass! It does give one reason to hope. Or it did…until we woke this morning to this (photo below).
We had several hours of non-stop freezing rain and, pretty though it may be, the roads are treacherous and it just feels so much more like winter again. Well of course, it IS winter, but thoughts of spring on a day like this are far away.
However, anticipation is part of the fun of grdening, I think we’d all agree, and I did take a few small steps toward this year’s planting over the weekend.
On Friday, I spent an hour or so making some little starter pots out of the week’s newspaper flyers. I doubt I’ll be placing paper and all in my containers, so no worries about the coloured ink…and I think they’re rather festive looking.
I also bought a couple of colourful pots, made for hanging over a balcony railing, I think. But I’m going to alter them slightly and put them on each side of the patio doors. I love the bright colours, and if they’d had a lime green or yellow, they’d have come home with me, too. :) For $1 each, you can’t beat that.
And a few of the seeds that I *know* I want to plant — ‘Bright Lights’ Swiss Chard, catnip, ‘Better Boy’ Tomatoes, and lettuce, ‘Royal Red’. Any flowers I get will likely be annuals and purchased ready to transplant. I simply don’t have the space to start many seedlings inside. It’s a start!