Experience is a brutal teacher. But you learn, my God, do you learn.

-C.S. Lewis

Stream In January

Stream In January

Thursday, January 29, 2009


After complaining about the rain all day yesterday, I was rewarded with this beautiful sunset last night. The picture doesn't do it justice, but the sky was a gorgeous shade of pink. Today the skies are bright blue, the temperature is 42 and the bees are out working and enjoying the mild air.

I bought seed for lettuce, cabbage, parsley, cilantro, broccoli and pansies this morning. I hope to get them started over the weekend. I also bought 2 peony plants. Well, not really plants, but the little bareroots that come in a bag. Maybe it's a rhizome. (Some master gardener, huh?) I've wanted to grow peonies for quite sometime, but just couldn't bring myself to spend $15 - $30 dollars for a plant. I'll do some research this afternoon and find the proper name for what I bought and what to do with them. I know peonies need deep soil and room to grow, so I should be able to find a good home for them. I planted some small rhubarb plants last year, not knowing what to expect, and they did great. I moved them in the fall and this morning I pushed back the mulch and saw some nice red buds poking through the soil. There's a lot of life under all that brown.


vicree said...

Peonies should do well for you. They seem to thrive in the cold, although I had some beauties at my previous warm location. However, I planted very shallow to give them as much exposure to the cold as I could. Later this year when they are available at the less expensive garden centers I may buy some more.

You are a brave soul to try and grow so much from seed. Sounds like you need a greenhouse, but the cost of heating one is way high!

Lynn said...

I found out what I'm planting are simply peony roots. Not anything fancy. I also learned peonies ideally should be planted in the fall for good exposure to cold, but I plan to plant Sunday and they will be exposed to plenty of cold before spring arrives in the mountains. Wish me luck with the seed-starting. Wish I had room for a greenhouse.