Backyard plans, daffodils stealing the show

The back yard looks like a construction zone: Here’s a closer view: You can see my ugly but effective way of holding the shovel and rake, and the giant holes David dug for the kiwi vines. We have one male and two female hardy kiwi vines that have to be planted next to a pole…

Golden Legacy narcissus collection

I have written about this before, but it is worth repeating. White Flower Farm offers a collection of 100 narcissus bulbs from the Dutch Van Der Veek family. It’s called “The Golden Legacy”. I got one of these collections three or four years ago, and it’s been one of the glories of my garden ever…

daffodils arrive

I have had daffodils in vases for a week now, but I cheated–I brought some inside still just budded, and they quickly opened. But this morning the first ones bloomed outside. We braved the wind to walk around the yard admiring them. Didn’t have my camera with me, but I’ll get some pictures soon. Here’s…

Sunny day in April

It rained the day before and it is raining again today, but yesterday we had sunshine. I went outside with my camera. The gardens are mostly still brown and drab, which is fine, no reason to hurry when frost can still catch us. But of course the crocuses are blooming. I have been very restrained…

Planting fruit trees and shrubs

This will have to be a quick post because I’m working on grading some student papers, but I wanted to record and share our new venture in the garden world. This weekend we planted our first batch of fruit trees and shrubs. We’ve started our orchard! I’ll write more about this soon, but for now…

brown outside, planting seeds inside

So far I have started seeds of: hollyhock, a fancy kind of annual rudbeckia, delphinium, nasturtium, and ornamental sunflower. The hollyhocks are already sprouted, but I had too much water in the tray and most of them have a little white fuzz–mold? on the stems. I took the lid off, sponged up the extra water,…