Some gardening mishaps to report, folks. Contadina K’s seedlings haven’t done well this year. 😦 And if you garden, you know how much tender loving care goes into getting seedlings started.
So here’s how the situation devolved. At a certain point under grow lights, after the babies had developed third leaves, they began to look limp and miserable. They definitely had good lights and seed starting systems that had served me well in the past. Germination rates were awesome. This naive gardener thought, ‘Well, maybe they want to be in some rich soil, or perhaps it’s sun.’ So I transplanted earlier than I usually do, if at all, and put those babies in the sun…This turned out to be a bad idea.
Can you see that there are only maybe three out of… I’m not going to tell you how many pots that show any life at all? Did I fail to dilute the fertilizer enough prior to watering the little suckers? What the heck went wrong? Anyone?
Not for lack of attention, that’s for sure. So so sad! These guys were stressed out, and I burdened them out even more by transplanting. Then, with our temperatures of extremes, a bit of cold hit. And despite my efforts to protect them, they started to shrivel. Only a few are left, and haughty me, early on, I had thought I’d have seedlings to share. Oddly, some babies that I put in the ground way early are actually happy .
The Black Knight Scabiosa is perky and content.
And I’m hoping the pansies bloom before the heat rushes in here in Vegas. I know, I’m pushing my luck here. This weekend is supposed to hit atypical highs in the ’90s. So so sad.
Well, doing my best to look at the glass half full. I have so little space to spare, the miniscule number of seedlings left will fit in easily.
But this year’s failures have me leaning towards only the easiest seeds next year – direct planting as the soil warms up and none of this indoor grow light business.
I mean, look at how these zucchini seedlings happily popped out a few days after I had sloppily shoved them in the dirt!
Easy Rudbeckia that I started last year has just begun to bloom for me. I just shot this first bloom this morning! Riot of warm color in this one. But what the heck is happening in the center?
My “Honor” white rose was miserable for all of the 2 years that I kept her in a pot. After nearly breaking my back last fall rock-sifting so that it could have a home in the ground, look how happy she has become!
There is nothing so sweet as the scent of a rose!
The canes used to be weak and spindly. Now they are thick and substantial. I’m preparing myself for a huge display as all these buds are maturing at once! The bright blue Lobelia is also extremely happy right now spreading like crazy next to some sweet yellow primroses.
I guess equanimity must be my mantra as I discover what thrives here – wish me luck! And another opportunity to be deeply grateful for and to cherish what I have.
On to an entirely fruitful development indoors! Yesterday was one of those crafting days where everything worked out nicely and I was able to walk out of my lair with a creation in hand that I could prance and skip around the house with. Yes, folks, if any of you saw my Clearsnap Goodie Box video, you now know I’m a big old dork. So, yes, I prance and skip for joy and the best part is that this behavior I exhibit makes my man smile and laugh!
I ordered a Tag die on sale online at Joann’s, and as soon as it arrived, I started workin’ the crafty mojo! After a few days of fantasizing prior to the arrival of my die, and a day’s work in the lair, I made something I adore!
The result of a gorgeously detailed Hampton Art/Graphic 45 ABC Primer Stamp set, used along with Sizzix dies, Prima papers, my Martha leaf punch, a new fave Smooch Spritz, Colorbox pigment ink. And of course, intimate time with my paper haha!
In the end, I was especially pleased with how the right products made manifesting a soft, vintage nostalgia such a breeze! A stepped out tutorial for this tag will be ready for your viewing pleasure on Hampton Art’s blog May 1st, so keep your eyes peeled!
This week, it’s anything goes as Simon Says Stamp, so I’m going to give it a shot with this one! See you guys tomorrow!