Thursday, January 15, 2009

Bad Kitteh

As I was plugging away at work today, I heard my phone go off indicating that I got a text message.  I checked the phone.  It was a message from the Husband.  It said, "Nico bit me."  I started cracking up, then I pointed out to him in a text message back that no one likes a tattle tale.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

If At First You Don't Sucseed

Ok, so I failed miserably at some of the seeds I tried to grow last year. That doesn't mean that I am giving up. Here's my list for 2009. Wish me luck!

This is a Coleus Wizard Mix. It'll be great for the north and west side of my house which doesn't get much sun.

Columbine Origami Mix. These will look great in the area next to my Japanese maple and ornamental grasses.

Flowering Tobacco. I've read that these are on the easy side to sow from seed. I purchased a couple of plants last summer which were quite pretty, so I thought I'd give these a try.

Mystic Mix Impatiens. Impatiens were my huge success last year, so I was no doubt going to get these again.

The first summer the Husband and I were in our house, I purchased Sweet Alyssum as a border flower, and they grew very successfully. I thought I'd try my hand at growing my own. I've never seen these pastel shades in any nursery.

The Petunias I tried to sow last year never took off. Not even one seed. I have no idea what I did wrong, but I'm willing to give them a second chance. This color combo really drew my attention.

Ahhh, onto the Zinnias. So easy. These are Double Cherry Zinnia.

Apricot go with...

Deep Apricot go with...

Orange Zinnia. These are all dwarf zinnias.

Scarlet and Yellow Swizzle Zinnia.

The following three photos are of Asti. Look how great the colors coordinate together. I was drooling over them. They are actually the inspiration behind my petunias. At a whomping $6.95 for a packet of seeds, I don't really want to invest in this plant yet with my lack of experience, but maybe next yet.

I decided that I am going to get a couple of tools to assist with the gardening once the plants get going. I'm going to purchase some Watering Spikes for my larger planters, to get water to the bottom where the roots are.

Aqua Pads for my hanging baskets. These things will make it so that I only have to water my hanging baskets once a week. Nice!

So here's hoping that I have a successful growing season.

Christmas Eve 2008

We spent Christmas Eve at my parents' house this year, which was nice. A couple of traditions we have are to find the pickle ornament hidden on the Christmas tree after opening gifts (which I failed miserably at this year, and I'm still pouting), and we also watch Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The original from 1966. No Jim Carrey crap.

I love going home for Christmas. It just reminds me so much of being a kid. Dorothy was onto something...there's no place like it.

O Christmas Tree

Our Christmas trees and fireplace mantel for 2008.