We live in zone 6a and I have been gardening and cooking for years. This blog is an opportunity for me to share with you my success and those failures that come about on occasion. Plus, I want to hear from all the gardeners and bakers and cooks out there and learn from you. Feel free to share your ideas.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Amaryllis-Spring is Gone and Snow Flakes Are Here

Yesterday it reached 80 degrees and today we had snow flurries. So much for that marvelously sunny weather we had yesterday. I certainly enjoyed it and i know in a few weeks we will have consistently warm days. As promised below is a photo of my amaryllis that has re bloomed for the second year.
It looks pretty spectacular in person. There are a couple of other blooms that have almost opened. I do not baby these bulbs. I will put them out in their pots on the patio this summer, provide water and fertilizer and hopefully remember to bring them indoors in August so that they will bloom for Christmas.  Directly behind the amaryllis is my Meyer lemon. Yep it has about 10 lemons and I have had this plant for several years. It goes out on the patio in May and I bring it indoors in October.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Spring Is Here- At Least For Today

It is in the 70s today and I believe this has been the warmest winter we have ever had in Southwest Ohio.  The daffodils are starting to bloom in the garden and I cut  a few for the house. The sun is shining and I have cleaned up the raised beds again since the weather is so terrific today. The garlic I planted in November is sprouting and I predict it will most likely be harvested earlier than mid July. Flowers seeds have been ordered and should be arriving next week. Of course I cannot sow those outside for a couple of months. As a side note, one of my carry over amaryllis bulbs is just starting to bloom for its second year. I can often get them to re-bloom, but they have I mind of their own  when that happens even though I follow the directions for getting them to re-bloom at Christmas. I will post a photo once it fully blooms.