After gardening in semi-arid Colorado for nearly 40 years, Debbie returned to her native state three years ago and has been learning how to garden in a totally different climate -– more rain, more heat, the dreaded heat-index, more bugs, and certainly more weeds.

Perennials are her passion and discovering and trying new plants is her addiction. She's also become a vegetable gardener on her two acre retreat in the country. Besides outdoor gardening, Debbie loves houseplants, especially succulents, begonias, and gesneriads, especially in the winter months when nothing else is blooming. As a new Master Gardener, she's trying to convince her neighbors that growing flowers is just as rewarding as growing corn.

 

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Where Oh Where Is Spring?
by Debbie Griffith - posted 03/26/14

Greetings fellow gardeners: It has been a long, long winter here in my neck of the woods, and I’m anxious for this gardening season to begin. I do wonder if winter will ever end. Even yesterday we had another 4-5” of snow followed by a cold night.

On the few days when the weather has cooperated, I’ve been outdoors cleaning out the flower beds which is not my favorite gardening chore. This year’s work is even more so because I didn’t get the leaves cleaned up last fall. So far I’ve filled 27 jumbo bags with yard debris, and I still have three more beds to clean out. I’ve composted much of the leaves, but still have many, many more on the ground.

There have been signs of life in the garden despite the weather: crocuses are blooming as are the Hellebores (Lenten Rose) even though they are late this year. My Hellebores usually bloom in February. Maybe they know Easter is late this year too. While the weather has curtailed outdoor gardening, I’ve been busy indoors. I’m trying something new this year: I’m starting many of my plants, both vegetables and flowers, from seed. I’ve devised my own type of greenhouse for the seeds. I use 2-liter Diet Pepsi (my drink of choice) bottles as individual greenhouses. I cut the bottoms off the liter, then put the peat pot with seeds into the bottom and reconnect. I remove the Pepsi label and write the name of the seed and the date onto the bottle. I can remove the lid to the bottle if there’s too much humidity inside. So far this method has worked very well. To date I have sowed chicory, lupines, strawflowers, blue bonnets, blue bells, merrybells, Chinese houses, monarda, borage, pansy, bloodroot, poppy mallow, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and a variety of heirloom tomatoes, all of which have germinated. I have a large, south-facing window and the greenhouses are on plant stands where they get plenty of warmth (well, when the sun is out) and light. Most of the vegetables have gotten their second set of leaves so I’ll be transplanting them into individual pots very soon.

Gardening has taught me patience, something I’ve sorely needed, and this year may be no exception. As I’ve cleared out the flower beds I’m detecting lots of bare space where plants grew last year. I’m hoping the plants are just slow to come out of dormancy and that I haven’t lost so many due to the severe winter. Time will tell. Let’s hope that Old Man Winter has finally retreated and spring weather will come…soon.

 

 

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