Gardening

Friday’s Flower-Dwarf Iris

Dwarf Iris

It is time for another Friday Flower, and I wasn’t expecting to find anything in bloom on this day (except the crocus), but out the door I went, camera in hand.

There is a lot going on in the flower garden right now, most of the perennials are pushing up green, but that is all there is-just lots of green.  There is the promise of many blossoms soon!

I was about to give up, when I spied a bit of blue color in a jumble of weedy mess on the side of the yard-

what a pleasant surprise to find this little clump of dwarf iris in bloom!

I would have missed this blooming all together if I hadn’t gone looking!

This iris is related to the crocus, with many similarities.

Dwarf Iris reticulate

  • Dwarf iris is a 4 petaled flower with grass like leaves
  • It is the first of the iris types to bloom
  • It is low growing at 6 in tall
  • Will grow in zone 4-10
  • This iris grows from a bulb, unlike the more familiar tall iris that grow from rhizomes
  • Plant bulbs pointy end up, 2-3 inches deep
  • Dwarf iris should be planted in the fall, like the crocus
  • They come in blue, yellow and white
  • Bloom time is late winter to early/mid spring
  • It likes well-drained soil, and likes to be on the dry side
  • Dwarf Iris naturalize well and will grow into a nice clump.

How nice to have old man winter behind us, and new growth coming on!

Do you have anything blooming in your garden?

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2 Corinthians 5:17

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;

the old has gone, the new has come!

 

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It Is Spring!

Yes, It Is Spring!

Tell me mother!

I keep hearing you say the word Spring….

Please -tell me- is it really Spring!?

Will I no longer just gaze wistfully out the window,

watching the wind and snow,

dreaming of moles,

waiting for Spring?

Will I no longer have to wear my dreaded sweater?

No more creeping under the covers to sleep?

(You know this is ALWAYS a good place to hide… hee… hee… hee…

now you can’t find me to put me in that awful crate!)

Now I can poop outside!

And dig in the dirt instead of the trash!

Ahh…I can’t wait to for the wonderful smell

of dandelions and forget-me-nots!

Isn’t Spring wonderful?

I can help you collect the eggs!

And take long naps in the warm straw mulch!

(While you are weeding and sweating…hee…hee…hee!)

Mother, I am so glad it is Spring!

What a wonderful life!

And, yes, the dog mom is glad it is Spring, too!

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No matter how long the winter,

Spring is sure to follow.

English proverb

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Psalm 37:4

Delight yourself in the LORD

and He will give you the desires of your heart.

 

 

 

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Today-3 Things

March 17

#1

I was planning to post a weekly ‘Friday’s Flower’ –

Here is last weeks Friday Flower…

well, we enjoyed it while it lasted!

Right after this photo was posted, we were hammered by an awesome (?) winter storm.

Here is the same view of these poor crocus a week later…

It is all hunkered down and surviving under the snow.

Still waiting for spring.

This storm was a quite a surprise, in its intensity and bitter cold.

We didn’t get the great amount of snow that the northern part of PA did,

but the wind and cold temperature was bad enough.

It was probably made worse in that we are all weary of winter,

and were beguiled by the stretch of nice weather the previous weeks.

Church was cancelled on Wednesday.

So, since I have nothing else blooming right now,

here are some ‘flowers in the snow’ pictures.

A clump of daffodils in the snow-many buds ready to bloom…when spring arrives.

Hyacinths pushing up.  Can’t wait for their fragrance!

And some veggies-

The garlic patch, under its protecting wire grid.  The chickens are being let out every afternoon

to scratch about before the garden planting begins and this grid stops them from scratching in this bed.

The garlic will survive just fine, but they are looking sad right now.

Rhubarb, pushing up.  Can’t wait for pie!  Soon….

This green, grassy perennial vegetable is coming up nicely.

Do you know what it is?

I think no home should be without it-I love it, and love using it in my cooking.

I will tell you all about it later!

It deserves a blog post all of its own.

#2

March 17 was Dan’s birthday.

Son Aaron made him a pan of Rice Krispie Treats-his favorite.

He loves some with his morning coffee  (or pie!)

I am thankful, and rather amazed that 3 of my sons like to cook and do it so willingly!

#3

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

I put an Irish jig on and asked Dan if he would dance an Irish jig for us, but he declined,

said “I’m not Irish!… I’m Scottish!”

Ah, yes, I know that…

‘You may kiss an Irishman but…

its a Scotsman you take home!’

That I did!

And glad I did!

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Ephesian 1:7

In Him we have redemption through His blood,

the forgiveness of sins,

in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.

 

 

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Reasons to Start Your Own Garden Seeds

Reasons to Start Seeds

Yes, I know there is such a huge selection of seeds to choose from!  Hours can be spent in pouring over the seed catalogs.

How to decided which seeds to grow, which varieties of each kind, it can be mind boggling to make the final decisions of which seeds to grow from year to year.

(This is where your garden journal comes in real handy-you can look back and see what did well for you last year.)

It is wise to grow again what you found that grew well for you, and it is always fun to try something new.

The seed catalogs just keep coming, and the photos and descriptions are so tempting….it is so easy to succumb to the lure of the gorgeous imaginary of the in-the future garden.

The catalogs are not the only siren song-the stores are filling up with enticing seed racks.  Sigh.  But, eventually the choices must be made, and the seed starting begins.

 

Why would you start your own seeds?

  • Save money.  You can start many more plants and save $$ over buying nursery started plants.  For the price of one seed packet you will have many more seeds than you will probably need for a home garden. The extra seeds can be saved to grow for another years garden.
  • Bigger selection.  You will be able to choose many more different varieties than you can find at the local nursery.  Most greenhouses will only grow the tried and true varieties that they know will sell well-which are still very good choices.  They usually know what will grow well in your area.  Many nurseries are now growing some heirloom varieties.
  • You can grow more heirloom varieties.  One of the advantages of heirlooms is that seed can be saved from them and they will grow true to kind.  If you save seed from year to year, the variety becomes acclimated to your specific garden.
  • You can do seed swapping with your gardening friends, and even share the starting of seeds.   One can start the tomatoes, and one can start the peppers.
  • You can control how the seeds are grown.
  • Seed starting gets you ‘gardening’ sooner.  You can get your hands in the dirt right now, when you can’t garden outside yet.
  • You will avoid the ‘shopper’s crowd’.    Everyone and their brother seems to show up on the same couple of weekends at the greenhouse at the end of May.  It can get crowded and the selection gets low.  Good for the grower, bad for you.
  • It is just plain FUN to start seeds…to get to play in the dirt, plant the little dead looking seeds, and marvel at the new growth when it comes.  Seeds are one of God’s marvels-new life from ‘dead’ seeds-it never ceases to amaze me.
  • Seed starting is a good activity to involve children in.  They will learn about growing things and can help with many of the chores involved, and hopefully become excited about the growing of seeds.  Let them grow the things they like to eat, and also some things they don’t like to eat-maybe they will like to eat it after growing it!

Do you start your own seeds for your garden?

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Psalm 33:4

The word of the LORD is right and true;

He is faithful in all He does.

 

 

 

 

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Friday’s Flower-Crocus

Friday’s Flower

Crocus

The crocuses bloom again,

The silken violet reaches from the green,

Nestling its golden yellow smile for the sun.

Night is over!

The last of winter’s fingers fade,

And beneath the budding blossom shade,

The crocuses bloom again.

Ms. Amendable

Oh, what a sight for winter weary eyes!  The crocuses are blooming again!  What a late winter delight!

The blooming of the cheery crocus signals the ending of the winter, with it’s blooms gently ushering in the Spring.

Yes, I know winter is not done with us yet-a winter storm warming has been issued for tonight and tomorrow, calling for snow, and winter driving cautions.  This is hard to believe with this sunny day and temperatures in the low 50’s, but with March weather anything is possible!

But when the crocus are blooming, we can handle a snow storm yet again, knowing that underneath the snow the blooms are waiting to rise again.  Spring is on the way!

These crocus are growing in the flower beds lining the front walkway to the house, and are such a cheery welcome to all who come up the walk.  Every year, when they are blooming,  I say that I will plant many more come the fall, but somehow it never happens-I am weary of gardening by then, and ready to call it quits!

About Crocus

  • Crocus are members of the Iris family, and grow from small bulbs, or corms.  The corms should be planted 3-4 inches deep, with the pointy end up.
  • Crocus are hardy from zone 3-8.
  • Crocus grow best in full sun, though some will take some shade.
  • Crocus like well-drained, loamy soil.
  • Crocus are a low-growing flower, only growing 2-4 inches high.
  • Crocuses have grass like leaves, and will spread out to make an ever spreading clump.  They naturalize beautifully and can be grown in the lawn.
  • The crocus flowers open to the sun and close up on cloudy days.
  • Crocus colors are blue, orange, pink, purple, white, yellow and striped.
  • Crocus are not much bothered by deer, squirrels and rabbits
  • Crocus are long lived
  • Plant crocus in the fall, before the ground freezes, from September to October
  • Crocus are the first flower to bloom, blooming in late winter and early spring.  They will bloom through the snow.
  • It is good to grow crocus in amongst, or in front of perennials-the emerging perennials will grow to cover up the brown and dying foliage.  The foliage should not be cut back until it is dead.

Crocus

Purple crocus smiles-

It’s greeting gives me hope-

Spring will soon be here.

Carol Shelton

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Hebrews 11:6

He that cometh to God must believe

that He is, and that He is a rewarder of

them that diligently seek him.

 

 

 

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