Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Changeable Weather and Selecting Seeds

Two mornings ago we woke up to this:

By 11 AM the same scene looked like this:

They say around here that if you don't like the weather, just wait a few minutes.

This time of year I start thinking about the garden we will grow in the upcoming season.  I start browsing through seed catalogs and seed racks. I have already purchased seeds this year because I just have to. I can't resist them, even though I already have lots. I have saved seeds for years in a big Tupperware bread box. Then the box goes into our garage refrigerator to keep them cold and dark. 

I have already planted these seeds in my unheated greenhouse. The onion is called Cortland and is supposed to be a very long keeper. I have not grown this one before. The onion down below is a Cipriani type called Berretta.  I have grown it and I love it. Such a good flavor! That's Tom Thumb lettuce and I have seeded it. All are in small divided plastic containers using a seedling mix. Then, I saved seeds of Little Marvel Peas and planted those as well. Now I have the beginnings of an early spring garden.

I discovered something this winter. Marjorum seems to like winter better than summer. In summer it continually puts up little blossom heads that make it hard to harvest. In winter the leaves are large and bushy with no flower heads. Parsley, of course, always likes our winters. The garlic I planted last Oct. is coming along nicely.

I have read that fresh vegetables are going to be very pricey now. So, I plan to double my efforts to grow a good garden this year. I have had nice gardens in the past but I am guilty of slowing down the watering program in mid-summer because I tire of the chore. So, with the purchase of some new garden mats and a new drip tape system, it should be even better this year. 

This is how it looked the day we had snow.


See you next time.

Saturday, February 2, 2019


It was just announced!! We will have an early spring this year. I am so excited!! 

That means we will soon see tulips, daffodils, narcissus, iris, crocus, anemones......all sorts of beautiful spring flowers in fine array.

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are already seeing tiny snouts pushing up from the soil. 

Look closely. You can see where a deer walked through the bed. Hmmm. At least they don't eat daffodils.

Do you love Lenton Roses.  These are from the north side of my house. I love them.

These porcelain mugs would make a fine gift, don't you agree? 

 THANK YOU, MR. GROUNDHOG, for not seeing your shadow today. 



Friday, February 1, 2019



On February 14th you will need to give your Valentines to your special person or persons. Best to be thinking of them now so you won't be caught whining that you didn't have enough time or be found perusing through picked over merchandise at the last minute. Not fun at all.

Etsy shops are filling up with wonderful valentine gift ideas. Mine included, although I must admit I do not have cards or candy. Only great vintage gifts or perhaps a handmade quilted item made by me.

Did you notice this darling old reverse glass painting?  Old fashioned young love is so special and this cutie would make a great Valentines gift.

Here is an idea. Remember this guy? He was the all American heartthrob in the 1950's and early 60's.
This special vintage magazine tells his story from birth to his shocking death, complete with many photos for a fan to drool over. 

Or, you could make some Valentine cookies for the whole family with these vintage Hallmark cookie cutters.

And, lastly, here is a gorgeous upscale vintage compact that says it all. This compact can be purchased from Whirley Shirley on Etsy. The link to this compact is below the photo.