More Seeds For This Gardening Season

Last Sunday, I ordered more seeds from Botanical Interests. Since they have free shipping on all their orders throughout the months of February, I had to use this opportunity to also get some seeds I usually can’t get in my local nursery. Today, the package arrived. When I opened it, I could tell it was put together with Love. The order was complete. And it had some extras: a Mesclun salad seed package, a seed guide, and a sticker. Now, I’m excited and can barely wait until the weather becomes warmer and I can work in the garden again.

The First Narcissus of 2018

Despite the cool rainy weather, it stayed above freezing inside the greenhouse. The Narcissus doesn’t seem to mind the cooler temperatures and slowly opened its blossom, yesterday.  When the ground dries I have to lie down some mulch and stones. It will prevent, that I have to walk through puddles and mud in the future. But this morning, I managed to capture some photos of the Narcissus without getting my feet wet, when I walked over to the greenhouse.

The Meyer Lemon Tree

A week before Valentine’s Day, Kevin (my husband) asked me what I would like as a present for this special day. Since I’m low maintenance, he always likes to ask me first, before he goes to a store and buys something ‘silly’. I said, I’d love to get a plant from him. A lavender, a rosemary, or anything what comes to his mind, when he visits a garden nursery. Valentine’s Day had approached, and Kevin walked with a Meyers Lemon Tree through the front door. It had lots of blossoms, and a lemon to show. And the fragrance was amazing.

Almost four weeks later, I seriously had to think about re-potting my new tree. It’s Spring and the right time to look for a new pot. I went to our local nursery, found the perfect pot, got some citrus-tree fertilizer; bought a couple of smaller pots to re-pot my lavender. And of course I had to get a Texas Bluebonnet. I couldn’t resist it. Back at home I filled the pot 1/4 with potting soil, pulled the lemon tree out of its old plastic pot to transfer it, and filled the rest of the new pot with soil. Now, the lemon tree roots are watered, fertilized, and have more room to stretch and grow. The bees have already discovered the tree and are very busy pollinating it. Hopefully we have more lemons, soon.

Originally posted on my old blog “A Garden Full of Memories” on March 11, 2015.

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Update today:

Unfortunately the first Meyer Lemon tree made it only through two seasons, before it died due to a hard freeze. Not even the greenhouse could protect it. We pruned it, and it didn’t really come back for a third season. This made me really sad.

Kevin and I were debating long and hard to get another Meyer Lemon tree. Because I really love the fragrance of its flowers. And when I  squeeze some drops of the lemons in my water, it is very refreshing and not as harsh on my tummy as the juice of  a regular lemon. We still were going back and forth with a new tree last year.

This February, Kevin asked me what I would like for Valentine’s Day. I replied: “Do you remember, when you got me that Meyer Lemon tree on Valentine’s Day three years ago?” “Yep, I remember it! I guess, it is time for a new tree”, he answered. Today, we went to the nursery and picked up a new Meyer Lemon tree. And this tree definitely won’t be in the greenhouse in Winter. It will have a cozy place inside our house until the weather is suitable enough to roll the tree outside, while it will get pollinated by bees and enjoys the warmth of the sun and the rain drops of Spring and Summer.

Here are some more photos of the first Meyer Lemon tree. For photos of the new tree the temperatures are cool and the lighting is not good enough, today. But I will post photos throughout the warmer seasons.

Planting Bulb Flowers

It is perfect weather for doing some garden work and plant some bulbs, before the temperatures will drop tomorrow, again.  In the greenhouse I added half a dozen of tulips and half a dozen of narcissus. The narcissus won’t take long, before they will open and show their pretty flower faces. The tulips need a little bit longer. In the garden, I planted some bulbs of Canna Lilies, Crocosmia, Dahlias, and Tiger Lilies for Late Spring to Autumn.

What’s Growing In My Garden This Winter?

With this crazy roller coaster weather we experience in North Texas, gardening can become quite a challenge. Last Autumn I planted some Winter cabbages. And the broccoli was the only plant that survived. In January, I started all over again. But I learned my lesson, and planted the vegetables in big pots. They spend the cooler days and nights inside the greenhouse. And on the warmer day, I can open the windows. The onions and the garlic do well in the raised beds. They don’t seem to mind that it is 70ºF (22ºC) one day, and 14ºF (-10ºC) on another day. Once the vegetables can be harvested, a portion will go to the food pantry as well.

Mickey & Minnie Garden Decoration

Since about five years I’m looking for cute Mickey & Minnie garden statues. The ones I found online were either made out of poor material or out of my price range. Yesterday, I went to a local store. And there they were sitting in the shelf: Mickey & Minnie about 10 inches tall, hard plastic material, and for only $10/each. I had to “adopt” these two sweet mice, where they can make adorable decorations between the flowers in my greenhouse from here on forward. I might do something extra with them for Valentine’s Day. 💞💖💗

“Screw It! I Will Keep Gardening Anyway!”

… was my thought this morning. The North Texas nights are around the freezing point. And during the day, we get mild temperatures of upper 60s to low 70s (20ºC – 22ºC). It supposed to get cooler by the end of the week. But I’m tired to wait for Spring. And by that time, I have to plant the Spring/Summer crop.

Over the last years, I gained quite a bit of knowledge in gardening. And I’m still learning a lot. What grows best, and what crop I should stay away from in our region. But I’m also very stubborn and try and try and try. Sometimes I outgrow the advises, and put pumpkins and squashes in the garden, anyway. I curse the squash vine borers. But if it wasn’t for that one or two pumpkins, I probably had given up already. 😀

The Texas roller coaster weather throws another challenge in my direction. Over the last few weeks, I lost some crop due to the daily temperature changes. I watched carefully, what survived in the Community Garden, the Church Garden and my own garden. I just keep adding to it. My family likes their cabbages and kale. And screw it! I will keep gardening, anyway!!!!” 😉