Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Gardening: Boredom and anticipation and aimless rambling

.I keep thinking that I want to write a gardening post. And then I go stare at the screen and type nothing. What to talk about? Seed catalogs? Did that. Egyptian walking onions? Did that. Potato onions? Meh; they failed last year due to lack of sun, so I'm nursing a grudge against them.

Zinnias? Well, zinnias are pretty. In fact here's a picture of one that I grew in 2005. Isn't that pretty? But, well, what else is there to say about zinnias? They're pretty, happy, circus flowers. Grow them. If your taste matches mine, grow the more daisy-like ones, like that one, instead of the ones that are more like a chair cushion.

I'm sure that the problem is the weather. There was a brief burst of excitement when I realized that the daffodil shoots were showing, but that's over now. By the way, here's a daffodil that I grew in 2007. Also pretty, right? Later in the spring, there will be a couple of hundred of these by the street. That'll be nice. And a few hundred of the big yellow trumpet kind inside the fence, around the front yard.
And the magnolia's showing buds, so it's not too long before we'll see those big pink aerial tulips again. So, another photo. See? Pretty!

You see the problem? It's all anticipation. I want spring and I want it now.

Maybe I should take up leeks.

Photos: Mine.

9 comments:

  1. Awesome. I think a lot of us garden bloggers are feeling that aimlessness right now. It's hard to generate the enthusiasm for posting on topics that you have to dredge up from a landscape of nothingness... you did a good job of taking the challenge and writing about *that,* though. :)

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  2. Thanks! :) I keep thinking that I should grab a new garden book and read and review that, but even that seems "bleah".

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  3. I feel leery about posting pictures of my yard right now, because everything is the same shade of yellow-beige. Maybe because I'm new to blogging, I find excuses to dredge up old pics of past doings lol.

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  4. Yep! I'm ignoring reality and going through old photos. (Maybe I could post about old photos? I mean, even more than I just did? Hmmmm.)

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  5. Stunning picture of the flowers, will definitely make my day. Keep posting. Iflorist.co.uk

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  6. Thanks, Jaspreet! Welcome to the blog!

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  7. Spring is coming - I promise :^) Seriously though, when does your weather start to warm? We are just starting to experience temps that are in the 60's. I love your flower photos and look forward to you adding more from this year's garden.

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  8. I know, I know. I picked up my copy of "The Gardener's Year" this morning, in the hope, just the faint hope, that it would say it was time to do something ... It didn't.

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  9. Noelle, we're getting highs in the low fifties, and lows in the mid thirties. So we're not _too_ far from spring, but too far for my taste.

    Hey, Sue! Yeah, there's just nothing exciting to do. I'm trying to work out when's the earliest that I could plant peas without it being a guaranteed waste of time.

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