“Sugar Magnolia, Blossoms Blooming!”

This morning I went grocery shopping and as I was walking into Sam’s I thought, “Man, it feels downright balmy compared to last week!” Uh… as I look at the temperature outside right now I see that it’s only 21 degrees out. Isn’t it sad that these kinds of temperatures actually feel warm to me? Ugh. I will say it a million times between now and March 21, but man I just can’t wait for spring. I’ve been looking through seed catalogs and dreaming of planting cheerful annuals around the house. I’d love to make a planting mound on part of our yard with one of these Japanese Magnolia trees in the center and perennials surrounding it. Yeah, that’s a bit ambitious for this year, I know. But it’s fun to plan!

This year’s garden will be kept simple: a couple containers of cukes on the deck, some easy-care annuals for splashes of color, and the rest I’m leaving to my CSA. Though there’s a chance I still might attempt a cutting garden this year of cosmos, zinnia, and a couple other flowers. We’ll see.


  1. wendy says:

    I’m just mentally planning my garden, too. I’m hoping for a bit more this year: zucchini, tomatoes in pots, lots of peas (the kids loved them) and maybe hot peppers again. I’d love to grow a few pumpkins, and maybe other squash, and add to my carnation patch so I have enough to cut for in the house.

    And every year I try to grow cilantro, but no luck yet.

  2. Sherry says:

    I’ve always laughed at my perception of the temperatures outside. In the late fall as we head into winter I’ll think, “wow, it’s getting really COLD!” and I’ll start bundling up a bit. But then those exact same temperatures in the spring feel so nice and I’ll say, “oh it’s so WARM!” and pull out my t-shirts. 😀

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