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Round the corner

January 7, 2011 - Janet DelTurco
I have proof positive that spring is just around the corner. I found, ordered, received and planted the first seeds of the year! A couple of weeks ago when I first started to twitch with the need to plant something, the only seed catalog with annuals that I had received was Park Seeds, and so I ordered from them. Since then the catalogs came tumbling into the mailbox, and now I would have about ten to choose from with a much wider choice. But I ordered two packets of Flirty Skirts pansies. Pansies are tough in spite of their delicate appearance, and will take light frosts with no damage, so they are the first seedlings to be put outside. Mine are never as sturdy as the ones that appear in the garden centers in early April, but they catch up quickly and do OK. I planted them in peat pellets two days ago, and they will stay on top of the refrigerator covered with plastic film until they germinate in about a week, and then they go in the basement under the lights. I was disappointed when I opened the seed packets, which promised 25 seeds in a packet. I only found 17 in one and 18 in the other. With the price of seeds now it is disappointing to get less than you pay for, and I will not get my big order from Park this year. The geraniums in the basement are still crispy with no sign of new green shoots. I left them in the ground much later than usual last fall, due to the wonderful warn weather, and I hope it was not too long. All those geraniums are at least five years old and have served me well, so if they did not make it through the winter I shall just have to start with some new ones. The trees from the fairy garden are doing well in the indoor garden that runs the length of my desk in aluminum pans linked to make a long garden, and seem fairly good bets to make it until it is time to go outside again. Won't be long!


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