Saturday, March 28, 2020

Planting Seeds and Gardening to take away my worries of Mom and #COVID19 #GardenCuizine #tuttoandràbene

Planting Seeds 
and making Rainbows!

The COVID19 pandemic arrived on the heels of mom having a nightmare hospital experience that landed her in a nursing home. Mom is so hard of hearing that we can't talk over the phone. We can't go visit with COVID19 precautions. And, now, we can't even do her laundry anymore. What can we do? We can follow the recommendations for staying safe, think positive and carry on. 

Children around the world are making rainbows and hanging their art in home windows. I'm going to make a rainbow sign with the Italian words: Tutto Andrà bene to show mom via Google Duo. She will love that. Everything will be all right!  And, in trying to be normal, today, I finally got a flat of seeds planted and under grow lights. Yay!

Seed starting indoors can be done any time. For our gardens, I have always started our seeds on St. Patty's Day; this is late for me.  

I never know just what I'm going to plant. The fun part is sorting through the many colorful seed storage containers piled high with thousands of varieties. 

Seeds store well in airtight baggies and commercial packets kept in a dark closet. Some seeds are pretty old; they keep for years. Keeping a garden journal helps me keep track of germination results.

Some seeds will be directly sown outdoors. I scattered some native seeds: Meadow Blazing Star and Echineacea Pallida yesterday. Seeds I selected so far for under our grow lights include the below list. 

For those of you reading this who have traded with me in the past, let me know if there is anything you want. I'm sure we can plan a safe swap with no contact driveway pick ups. When I get the next flat planted, I'll post the list.


SEEDS planted 2020
Happy Frog soil w/ pro mix
Plant
Sown
Germinated
1.      Moonflower Giant White 2018 Burpee
3/27

2.      2017 Chiltepin
3/27

3.      Petit Moineau Tomatoes 2017
3/27
4/3
4.      Salvia Fariosasa blue salvia
3/27

5.      Zinnia Giant Lavender 2016
3/27
4/2
6.      2014 Yvonnes Salvia
3/27

7.      2015 Goldman’s Tomatoes
3/27

8.      2018 large Heirloom Red
3/27
4/4
9.      Lady in Red Salvia
3/27

10.   Chocolate Cherry tomatoes 2015
3/27
4/4
11.   2011 Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate
3/28

12.   2018 green top red bottom heirloom tomatoes
3/28
4/2
13.   Salvia Splendens Vista Purple Lynn Weidman’s garden 2009
3/28

14.   2018 Coral Nymph Salvia
3/28
4/3
15.   2011 Italian Parsley comm seed
3/28

16.   Surprise seed ??? tomatillos?
3/28

17.   Sweet Basil meadowbrook 2009
3/28

18.   Zinnia Envy Ferry Morse
3/28
4/2
19.   Coronado Hyssop 2014
3/28

20.   Large white salvia 2010
3/28

21.   Zebra Heirloom tomato 2014
3/28
4/4


Be safe and Happy Gardening!
Andrà tutto bene!
God Bless you and your family - Diana
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Sunday, March 8, 2020

Enjoyed our Riviera Holiday at the Philadelphia Flower Show #FlowerShow

Philadelphia Flower Show 2020
Riviera Holiday

Enjoyed our Riviera Holiday at the Philadelphia Flower Show yesterday, despite the fears of the Corona Virus starting to close in on us. The French Riviera located south of France runs along the Mediterranean Sea. Yes, the beautiful coastline from the same Mediterranean region that made the Mediterranean diet the healthiest diet in the world!
Port Norris Sunset - South Jersey Wetlands - photo by Diana Wind
We couldn't wait to see my photograph in the photography exhibit! It is an honor to be selected by the judges to be in the show. There were a lot of people enjoying all the photos.
As always, there is never enough time to see everything. The displays featured a lot of rosemary, thyme, lavender, salvia, lemon and lime trees. 
I especially loved all the pergolas, mosaics, stone, terra cotta and pottery seen throughout the show.
The PHS Flower Show paid tribute to the late Princess Grace Kelly of Monaco. A replica of Princess Grace's wedding gown was featured in a garden display adorned with roses in all shades of pink.
We were hoping to see the butterfly exhibit, but the wait was 45 minutes so we did not get to see it yet again. Oh well... maybe some other time.

Next years show sounds wonderful, "Habitat". My kind of theme. I imagine it will feature native plants suitable for pollinators such as butterflies and bees.

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