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Hurry up spring

February 19, 2013 - Janet DelTurco
This cold, dreary weather keeps on keeping on, day after day, and I am more than ready for some warmth and sunshine. I am making the best of staying inside by planting a few seeds and watching them grow. On top of the fridge I have one container of hyacinth bean vine seeds. These are seeds I saved from the vines last year. If planted in the ground they are very slow to germinate and to grow, so I am trying to hurry things up by having some mature plants to put into the ground in May. This is a lovely vine, fast-growing once it takes off, and bushy enought to cover any structure. The bright purple flowers are very attractive, and are followed by shiny dark purple seed pods.

I also have 6 containers of impatiens seeds up there. I leave them on top of the fridge, damp and covered, until the seeds germinate, and then they go down to the basement under the lights. Down there already are sweet peas, already 3 or 4 inches high, and some Pow Wow echinacea which is said to bloom in its first year if started early enough.

In my bedroom windows I have two large pots of hibiscus, an aloe vera and 7 or 8 geraniums that were dormant until recently. In the kitchen are chives and a bay tree. All this, along with the regular houseplants, takes some time to look after, and it sometimes seems as though the planting season is already under way.


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