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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.


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Moveable feast garden

capillary mat seed starting system

old secrets garden

blue spruce and blue sky

spruced up garden

new place to grow tomatoes

old secrets garden

full of scents and blooms

Day 139

tulipa humilis alba coerulea oculata

Tulipa humilis var. alba coerulea occulata


not sure the bulb company sent the right color—i thought this would have blue centers

Day 3006


Day 139

Crocus tommasinianus 'Ruby Giant'

Crocus tommasinianus

Day 371


Scilla siberica

Day 1631

blue anemone

Anemone blanda

Day 1402


Brunnera macrophylla

Day 3006


Trillium ovatum

Day 2581

red flowering currant

Ribes sanguineum


making hummingbirds happy

Day 171

crocus snowbunting



at last i get to smell them—a light honey scent.

Day 161

crocus mammoth yellow

Crocus vernus


not very big for something called “mammoth”

Day 3006


Euphorbia amygdaloides



  • flowerweaver

    flowerweaver wrote:

    That IS news whenever weather is normal! Glad your tomatoes will find a sunny spot!

    Posted on 26 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • rosemarieGardener

    rosemarieGardener wrote:

    I applaude you for designating your front yard to vegetables. I live quite rurally so wouldn’t give it a second thought but I know that when people live in places where certain parts of their property have names like ‘front yard’, ‘back yard’….etc. …..front yard usually means ‘lawn’. So, I like hearing you making good, alternative use of that sunny area you call a front yard.

    Posted on 26 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • anelson

    anelson wrote:

    Hi flowerweaver and rosemarie

    Seattle is a quirky city where it is not a problem to do whatever you want with your yard. I still have lawn, but it gradually shrinks as whenever i run out of space and need to plant something i dig a bit up. I dont plan to get rid of it as i like the look of lawn and my kids and i like to run around on it and lie on it on a sunny day.

    Posted on 26 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • redloon

    redloon wrote:

    I’m glad that the capillary mat system is working well for you. I recommend potting up the tomatoes pretty soon – they’re the one plant I’ve had problems growing to planting out size in the APS kits since the soil stays so moist the tomatoes are prone to start damping off as soon as their leaves start touching their neighbors.
    Beautiful flowers!

    Posted on 26 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

  • anelson

    anelson wrote:

    thanks for the tip redloon!

    Posted on 26 Mar 12 (about 3 years ago)

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