Flowers

Every year I like spring more and more.

It’s hard to stay sad when pretty little flowers are poking up through the ground, and the world explodes with color.

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An Ice Day

Ice fell from the sky, and covered the gardens in a thin frozen blanket.

I wandered around, thinking about when it was warm and all the flowers were in bloom.

It won’t be much longer now.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I made a mini bog garden, and you can too!

I really like plants, and really don’t like bugs, so I’ve always been interested in plants that eat bugs! One day I decided to make a little mini bog garden and I recorded what I did in case anyone else is also interested in making a little garden that eats bugs.

Supplies

Carnivorous plants such as: Venus Fly Trap, Pitcher Plant, Sundew Plant

Peat Moss

Sphagnum Moss

Sand

Pebbles

Shallow pot that holds water

Extra plastic pots

Distilled water

The first step is to find some carnivorous plants. I choose a mature Sundew plant from a local nursery, and Pitcher Plant / Venus Fly Trap bulb kit from Lowes. I also bought a mature Venus Fly Trap from Lowes to bring to work.

Carnivorous plants thrive in poor soil and fertilizer and minerals will actually harm them! It is important for them to be in low mineral soil and only use distilled water. To keep these plants happy, a mixture of 3:1 Peat Moss to Sand works best. Also it is not 100% necessary for them to eat bugs.  They will grow just fine in a bug free environment. But I’m hoping mine will rid my home of any rouge gnats or flies that might make their way inside..

Because these plants live in marshes and bogs, a shallow pot that could hold water was chosen so the planter pots could sit inside and always stay nice and humid.

The plants were placed inside the shallow outer pot, and then three empty plastic pots were put inside to avoid the whole thing getting filled with rocks and being really heavy. The planter pots were just a little bit shorter than the outside pot, so they wouldn’t be too visible when the rocks were added.

The pots were covered with pebbles and some sphagnum moss to give it a natural look. Then distilled water was poured into the planter pots and into the bottom of the outer pot.

I wanted to try making distilled water myself. It was fun, but easier just to buy it!

This is the Venus Fly Trap that will be coming to work with me!

Both bog gardens are doing well so far. I can’t wait for the little pitcher plant and fly trap to grow big and start catching bugs!

Back in the Vegetable Garden

Last year my vegetables grew great.

Until my garden was suddenly overcome by weeds and then the vegetable plants got so overgrown and mixed with the weeds which turned into a giant green jungle and I got so overwhelmed I couldn’t look at it.

This year I really wanted to avoid that. So I make sure to spend a few moments once a week pulling weeds and taming the vegetable plants as they grow bigger and bigger.

My camera did a good job with this picture. Check out the detail!

I planted okra for the first time!  But I’ve never cooked with it before, hopefully I can make something good with it.

This year I bought all my plants at a nursery instead of starting them by seed indoors during the winter. It was a lot less work but it took forever for them to get big enough to start making vegetables, so next year I’ll go back to starting seeds indoors.

So far I’ve managed to avoid becoming overwhelmed, and I’m glad to be excited about my vegetable garden again!

You can check out past veggie garden posts here. It’s been a while!

A Garden Theme



A bit of a theme has appeared in the garden this year..


My wildflower garden was suddenly a sea of yellow and purple. 

A bit of an unusual color combination, but I didn’t mind it!

The Allium bulbs that were planted last fall had sprouted up as fluffy purple spheres. 
And the lone foxglove from last spring had certainly multiplied.







It’s interesting to watch what color themes emerge from the garden. It’s always changing.

A March Winter


It was a winter that was much colder than recent yeas had been. 

The flowers that begun to spring up in January of last year were nowhere in sight until March.

The cold continued, and it snowed more times in March than it had for the entire winter.















On the second day of spring, as I watched the snow covered the flowers, I began to forget what warm days felt like.  But now the snow has finally melted, and the cold has begun to fade away..  Winter might be nearly over.