Thursday, February 23, 2012
spring is a comin'
So we are a plantin'. Trying to hold in the reins from buying anything that may freeze is pretty tough these days since it is so beautiful and springy...but we have finally found a way to do some early spring garden shopping that actually makes since in the crazy Texas weather that can be 70 one day and 40 the next. Here are the plants we have planted in the last week. Most of them will make it through a freeze but we will most definitely bring in the kumquat and perhaps the geranium if some cold wintery weather blows through. Some interesting little tidbits about each plant:
PEGGY MARTIN ROSE- my grandmother's sister's name was Peggy Martin so this rose is dear even though it isn't named after my Peggy...but it has quite a story...it was actually a rose that survived Hurricane Katrina, therefore, it seems to be deemed a hearty rose that will climb and climb and climb- if you ever see one get it!
KUMQUAT- my grandmother's other sister, Ellen, actually gave me this kumquat today and I was SO excited to get it!! Not only are kumquats edible, but my mom was talking about making a kumquat margarita the other day- sounds like the perfect post baby treat:)
RAINBOW CHARD- This swiss chard is beautimous! I know all of you probably know about swiss chard...but you may not know that it can grow just about anywhere!!! If you have room in a flower bed, a pot, up against a fence...plant it! It's not only beautiful but also SO yummy!!
GERANIUM- My sweet grandmother gave me a geranium today and I love it!! The smell of geraniums is strangely a bit like going back in time to my childhood.
FLOWERING QUINCE- The magic bush...goes from woody little shrub to beauty in the spring!!! David got me two for Valentine's Day...I can't wait until they get growing!!
FIG- Can't go wrong with a fig...I probably eat about an avg of 50 in the summertime...hopefully our two figs will start growing fast! Water them thoroughly and they will!!
PANSY- I like the smaller Johnny Jump Up variety. They are cute, they are edible, and I love them!
MORNING GLORY- "No brainer" in the Turpin family...we plant these seeds every year and I don't think that will ever change. They are great climbers and have the most beautiful blue flowers.
I hope this little write up inspires you to get plantin'!