Gardening Magazine

Pretty in Pink

By Kate_miller
Pretty in Pink Stargazer Lilies are lovin' some sunshine.
 There’s this old saying, “make hay while the sun shines,” but what’s an impatient gardener to do when it’s been raining cats and dogs? Every day! For 6 long weeks?
Pretty in PinkAnd, just how do I get Lilies and Tulips to bloom at the same time? It's oh-so-easy!Plant Lilies indoors, in the depths of winter. Quick cure for cabin fever. :)
I took the polar opposite approach, starting a full-on veggie garden, by seed, during the soggy month of May.
With those little darlings screaming for more wiggle room, I devoted the whole, blissful weekend to happily transplanting enough vegetables to feed an army, come harvest.
Pretty in PinkDrifts of Wild Phlox carpet the pasture area of our property.
That is.. IF they survive. Given our bee-zarre weather patterns, it might too early to be throwing my precious little seedlings to the wolves.
Mother Nature probably has one more trick up her sleeve. But, I couldn’t wait a moment longer.
I not only want it to be summer. I need it to be summer! It’s just downright nutty that I should have my furnace running in June!
Pretty in PinkLast summer's Hot Cha Cha Geraniums are still growing strong. They flowered, indoors, all winter. (Thanks, Amy!)
So, let's say a prayer. Light a candle. And, cross our fingers that this glorious weather will hold.
* Veggie seedlings don't make the most interesting pictures so here's some of the pink pretties gracing the garden today. This is what I squished into the raised beds:
  • Pretty in PinkGolden Beets
  • Chioggia Beets
  • Romanesque Cauliflower
  • Walla Walla Sweet Onions
  • Radicchio Rosso
  • Sadie’s Horse Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Luca and Fariolo Italian Beans
  • Scarlet Nantes and Parisian Carrots

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