When I lived in San Diego it used to amuse me how the radio personalities would talk about a rainy day or a period of cloudy weather in tones that suggested we were having a natural disaster, and the newspaper would advise people on how to cope. In Seattle we get a similar reaction to warm weather (above about 75 degrees) with advice on how to avoid heat stroke etc. Occasionally we get “normal weather”, like this weekend. The sun came out on Thursday and has more or less stayed out. The air is full of drifting white flakes—plum blossoms. It is time to visit the magnificent flowering cherry trees in the quadrangle at the University of Washington. The temperature range is absolutely normal for this time of year, and yesterday 2/3 of the front page of the Seattle Times was taken up with an article exulting over this news.
We had frost the night on March 23, very late for us, but I am assuming it will be our last. The soil temperature is 50 F, so i decided to plant out some of the seedlings i have been hardening off.
Yesterday I finished digging out the old plantings and digging in organic matter into the newly designated vegetable bed in the front yard—this is an area that had horrible soil and in which I had been growing tough, drought tolerant plants. However it is one of the sunnier areas in my shady yard so I decided to improve the soil, put in a soaker hose, and use it for tomatoes this summer and garlic this fall. I already put in the cages to prevent the cats from digging there, and yesterday planted peas to grow up the cages this spring and carrots in the area between the cages. I am assuming these will mostly be done by the time the tomatoes get put out there (late May).
The tomato seedlings are looking good. I used a tip from redloon and am using the capillary mat watering system from gardeners supply, which so far seems to be working great. Everything but the eggplants have germinated and are growing happily. I will try and find a warmer place to germinate some eggplant.
capillary mat seed starting system
blue spruce and blue sky
new place to grow tomatoes
full of scents and blooms
tulipa humilis alba coerulea oculata Blooming
Tulipa humilis var. alba coerulea occulata
not sure the bulb company sent the right color—i thought this would have blue centers
blue anemone Blooming
red flowering currant Blooming
making hummingbirds happy
crocus snowbunting Blooming
at last i get to smell them—a light honey scent.
crocus mammoth yellow Blooming
not very big for something called “mammoth”