Tuesday, April 28, 2009

I think spring might finally be here

Perhaps all that rain we've been having was worth it. Check out the tree in front of our house. All this leaf growth just happened in the past week. Spring might actually be here. Everything is greening up nicely.So far, the forecast for this weekend looks good. I might actually get to do some planting outside if I'm lucky. Yea!

Monday, April 27, 2009

Garden Plans

This is my plan for the garden in the front of the house this year. I've got lots of plants ready to be moved outside. The soil there is heavy clay, so I looked up some plants that are supposed to do okay in clay and poor soil. We'll see how it goes.

And this is my plan for my secret garden behind the garage. I bought a bunch of bare root plants to put back there this year. Getting bare roots was the cheapest way to go. I just hope that they grow since the soil isn't too great back there either. There are lots of rocks, broken glass, and roots in it. The perennials that I planted last year are already returning this year so I guess that's a good sign.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Will it ever warm up?

Oh, how I wish it was warm enough to start planting outside!

I've got lots and lots of plants that I've started indoors that are just begging for me to transplant them to outside but it still gets too cold at night to do so yet.

I really went overboard this year. I guess it's because I've got the time on my hands being unemployed and all. Gotta keep busy somehow. This is a list of the seedlings I've started inside:

25 geraniums
5 lupin
17 cosmos
10 pentas
11 snapdragons
3 four o'clocks
5 delphiniums
10 rudbeckia
9 osteospermums
34 shockwave petunias
17 salvia
5 shasta daisies
14 asters
5 catchfly
5 coneflowers
8 dahlias
12 wild flax
21 zinnias
19 petunias
7 nasturtium
2 zucchini
5 mini belle peppers

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spring Fever

If you live in Milwaukee you know about how unpredictable our weather is. Getting snowfall as late as May is not that unusual. Sometimes it feels like spring will never get here.

When I was a kid and cabin fever was really starting to set in, my mom would take my brothers and I to the Mitchell Park Domes. There we could run around without our coats on for at least a couple of hours. It's a good way to deal with Spring fever when it feels like it's never going to warm up.

We took a visit there with our friends Gigi and Jane when they were in town. Here's some of the pictures I took just with my little digital point and shoot. Enjoy!

First is the TROPICAL DOME which is by far my favorite one.

Next we went into the ARID DOME.

And last we went into the SHOW DOME which is my least favorite. It's display changes with the seasons. Here it's set up for Easter.