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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A Look Back While Looking Forward..

Everyone knows that we have had a much colder (freezing) and wet January here in North Florida compared to January of 09. I decided to see what blooms I had on January 26th and 27th of 09.
I found a couple photos of Narcissus Double Erlicheer.
Today, the majority of my Narcissus' are out of the ground, no buds so far.
Two of my Gerbera Daisies were holding on this time last year..
This year, they are just a memory.
Last year my pink Verbena, which I call Miss Prissy, was still blooming-this year nada.
And my lovely Candytuft was in full bloom last year, this year it is just setting it's first buds.
This time last year I had seedlings up which I started indoors...lesson learned, it was too early.
I believe it's time to start some inside now.
Seeds I started this past Saturday.
Brussel Sprouts
Lettuce Romaine
Leaf Lettuce
Sweet Spanish Onions
Evergreen Bunching Onions
Mustard Kale
We also broadcast two packets of Wildflower Seeds.
I do have 19 wintersown containers on the back upper deck that I started Jan. 13th and 16th some are showing a little activity. My husband bought and planted our first Raspberry plant, I can't tell if it's a bush or a vine??? Should look it up. I found a medium size container of Calla Lilies on the 'sad' rack at Lowes for $4.oo it came home with us too.
As I look back at the blooms this time last year I am overcome with joy an anticipation of looking forward to a new and improved gardening season!
Today I am thankful for the joy in my heart...


Deb said...

what a difference a year makes...love the photos...

Regina said...

Beautiful blooms.
Great captures!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

A year does make a difference doesn't it?

I think that I remember reading your blog last year, while we were suffering through the worst winter in decades. I remember thinking with awe that you had narcissus blooming in January, and how unreal that seemed.

Hoping that your weather changes for the better soon.


imac said...

The flower Queen does it again, such beauty.
Also sounds a great veggie plot too.

Tootsie said...

wow Darla. that cold didn't do you any good did it? I know you will bounce back...and be better than ever!!!
go with those seedlings girl...I planted over 300 geraniums yesterday!!! I am back in the dirt and lovin it!!!

Skeeter said...

I believe the cold and rains are making our gardens act differently this year as well. Rain has become a nasty 4-lettered word for us lately. But I do not want to complain as it was not that long ago we were in a drought. So I am thankful for the rains even though they are making life messy for us here in GA....

PS, the one pic of the dove in the tree is interesting. It looks like some strange bird maybe a turkey-dove with the tree limbs shadowing it :)

Tatyana@MySecretGarden said...

Darla, I know what happened - this winter got lost and went to Florida instead of our place. I am begging for some snow, I had dreams about it, but... nothing. I hope next winter will be normal.
19 containers sound very impressive for me. I guess I should start thinking of a new season instead of crying about snow. BTW, do you eat your apricots?
Thank you for your comments on my blog. They always make me smile.

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

I was doing the same this thing morning. Last year, I had daffs blooming in mid January. This year, not even buds yet. The foliage is just starting to poke its way out of the ground. I really hope I'm wrong about what I think February will bring. I need some warm weather, SOON!

George said...

Aren't archived photos wonderful to remind us of the blessings we had as well as the blessings we have to look forward to? It sounds as if your vegetable garden for this year is off to a good start.

Noelle said...

Hopefully, your frost damaged plants are only delayed by a week or two this year. I love candytuft. I grew it long ago and love the bright white flowers.

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

It's a wacky wacky year isn't it? I have photos of my tree in full bloom last year all pink and pretty with snow on it. It's starting to bloom even earlier this year-I hope we don't get a freeze.
I also see many birds having their babies early this year.
Hope you are able to save what the freeze wants to claim.


Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Darla, Isn't it amazing how one year can be so different from the next???? Here in TN---we seem to say, "If you don't like the weather in TN, wait ONE DAY--and it will change!" ha... TRUE!!!!

First we had rain and floods. Now it's cold and flurrying... Duh!!!!

Sounds like Spring/Summer will be very productive for you--when it comes to flowers and veggies.

Becca's Dirt said...

I have been having problems with blogspot today.

I have tried 3 time to leave a message.

Oh well - maybe since the cold has caused the plants to be later in growing will yield even more beautiful flowers this year.

Last year everything was beautiful and this year will be better.

You sound like you are as ready as I am. You sure started a lot of seeds. You go GIRL! Can't wait to see it grow.

Roses and Lilacs said...

It's really sad to hear about so much destruction and frozen plants. I guess these bad gardening times make us appreciate the good ones that much more...or I hope so anyway:)

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

It is interesting to go back and see the differences year to year. I bet your garden will be back to it's old self in no time. You really started a lot of winter sowing. I've got more to go still.

bennie and patsy said...

I am looing forward to your spring garden very much.It will be April befor I can plant the seeds you sent me.We are looking for snow and ice next few days.

Anonymous said...

Hi Darla~~ I love comparing years too. Funny, with our cold December, January's average temperature is the second highest on record. My fingers are crossed for a calm February too, for both of us.

I've been growing raspberries for many years. The type you're growing makes a difference in how it is tended. Everbearing vs. single-crop. The everbearings are easier. The one thing I wish I would have known ahead of time is that they spread by underground runners. If I were to do it again I would make sure there was some sort of underground barrier to keep them where they're supposed to be. I can share more of my raspberry blunders if you want. They're so worth having.

Dorothy said...

Hi Dalra,
So sorry Old Man Winter has been so hard on your flowers!! It sounds exciting to be starting all those seeds now. I'm looking forward to seeing all your pretty 'bloomers'!

Julie said...

Amen to being thankful for the joy in your heart...it is what gets us through like in a semi-non-torn-up-fashion!!! LOL.

Everything sounds like you will be having a whirlwind of plant activity coming up soon around there!!! Good luck!

Valerie said...

Amazing look back. It never stays the same does it? Nothing in life stays the same. I am glad that you have joy in your heart.

Evelyn Howard said...

Nice photos, the Narcissus and Candytuft are my fav. Good luck with the planting - i look forward to seeing your blooms, which I am sure will be fantastic.

Anonymous said...

Hi Darla, first off, congrats on the mention for your photo over at GGW! I thought you should have won. :-) It certainly has been a colder than usual winter here too. We have had crocus blooming by now, nothing so far, but the witch hazel Diane is opening and there are colorful buds on the hellebores so I guess things are progessing at the proper pace. Like you, I usually plant seeds too soon in the greenhouse. Trying to do better this year. It is so hard to wait!

KarenSue said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. You sure are getting me in the mood to work in the yard. We have had a colder winter also here in central Florida. Nothing like the North.
Happy day to you

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

We are starting to get blooms on our Daffodils, they are always the first to announce that spring is coming down here in the deep south. Thank you so much for stopping by. I had forgotten about the contest. I have really been having alot of computer problems and just forgot to go look.
I love your photo, it was just awesome.
You blog is very nice, I will be dropping back by.

Lola said...

I think it's nice to compare. My garden has gone bye-bye. Anxious to see if anything survived this fridge weather.

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

It's always fun to see what happened last year and when! I wish I could start that kind of planting here but it will be a little while. Sugar snap peas should be ready to go soon though.

Amy said...

Thanks for letting me know about GGW contest. I was so excited to hear the news and congratulations to you, as well! :)

~mel said...

Don't feel bad... my garden is still under 2 feet of snow! I'm a wee bit jealous; but really not quite ready for spring to happen here yet.

Anonymous said...

Ooo! Love the photos. but, I like the photos on the side, too, of your family and that little kitty who read the journal. Funny. Thanks for visiting my blog!

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

That's one thing I love about gardening, every year it's different, and it never gets old.
Congratulations on the GGW photo prize. I love your image, and it amazes me how the weather cooperated so you could participate.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Darla: May your blooms sprout and your perennials return as your land warms.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Boy, you have started early!
Guess you can do that down there. Maybe I'll start some seeds at the end of Feb.

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