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THE GREAT ESCAPE

THE GREAT ESCAPE-WINTER!

Winter is the Great Escape from gardening! Yes, we truly need to “escape” from gardening at times to recoup, relax, and reinvigorate our thoughts and plans. There’s a mountain of new catalogs for plants and seeds to review, plan, and order. There’s a pile of books that we plan to read, along with some interesting pictures that we’d like to study, which we never had the time to do while tending the gardens here, fixing things outside, taking care of the weeds, and construction of a new porch and patio.

Now, we need to rest and plan for this years’ garden season while taking a look from indoors at the labor we just finished a few weeks ago. After this, we plan on working in the basement to catch up on some indoor projects. At least I plan to do this but my other half is going to paint some rooms upstairs.

Winter is indeed an ESCAPE from the outdoor things and it is a great time to get started on some indoor projects.  We’ll take a look at some indoor things to do to keep this GREAT EXCAPE an exciting time rather than just a time to wait for spring to come around again.

Do you STILL have years of photos I the closet? Now’s the time to get them scanned and put in a nice CD-R for yourself, family, and friends. You can use our recommended software

Present these as gifts for Birthdays and all Special Occasions.

Using this software, you can make many things-CLICK HERE FOR CRAFTS

CLICK HERE TO SEE AN EXAMPLE OF OUR ARTWORK

You can also make a scrapbook with the pictures. We are scanning all the photos in our closet boxes and giving the originals to our children. They will be handed down to their children. It takes a lot of space in the closet to store them, too. My husband’s mother made physical photo albums for each of her children, dividing up the old family photos.

That’s a good idea for passing down the originals. For us, we found that we enjoy the ease of looking at the scanned photos from our CD-Roms (or external drives) on the PC instead of going through boxes of photos or albums.

DO SOMETHING WITH ALL THOSE PHOTOS!

BLUEBERRY FOLIAGE IN THE FALL. WE HAVE SO MANY GARDEN PHOTOS TO ORGANIZE THIS WINTER!

PLAN THE GARDEN FOR THE NEW SEASON!

It is February and now’s the time to start some seeds! Order early as things are gone by March in many cases-I’ve had much experience with this! Recently, I went to order the trellis, that I planned to put in front for a climbing rose in spring, only to find out that it is SOLD OUT…. and this is the first week in February!

So now it is back to the drawing board for that area. Then the Philadelphia Flower Show is the first week in March. A trip there gives many people more ideas and searched at the plant centers for favorite plants. By planning and ordering early, you can save yourself headaches from waiting too long!

We do have perennials here but have not enough for a listing at this time. Since we haven’t  a large glasshouse, we don’t do the bulk growing in the annual flats. What we do is grow for ourselves and for containers of annuals that we make up for sale locally.

We grow flowers for cut flowers and sell locally in season.

HERB-WOOD BETONY

IT’S NOT QUITE SPRING YET THIS WEEK

It was a big snow here last weekend of about 14” of more. After plowing the carriage turn and driveway with our antique tractor, it was back to the fun stuff in the house.

This week I’m designing ceilings and walls. GO TO THE ARCHITECTURAL ELEMENTS page to see this. Oh! What fun this is but there are so many choices to make!

Meanwhile, my husband is continuing the painting and playing in the snow with the furkids. I don’t know who enjoys this more! Mr. Eskimo was making snow tunnels and got all balls of snow on his fur. The 3 corgwn had a ball, too, walking on the pathway that their Daddy made all around the house. They are short and the snow was up to their heads.

The robins came back before the snow and were bewildered after the snow. They all sat in the trees wondering how to get their food as the snow covered everything. Today they are happily poking in the grass. I think that they miscalculated their return this year as the winter has been largely on the warm side.

GO TO THE PETS page to see their pictures.

Today it is 60 degrees so most of the snow has melted-spring today and this weekend back to 30 plus degrees so it Is not quite spring yet!

MR. PAINT MAN AND HIS SIDEWALK SUPERVISOR,  MR. ESKIMO, PAINTING THE NEW WINDOW’S FRAME IN THE BACK OF THE HOUSE.  THE YELLOW WINTER JASMINE IS IN BLOOM! [FEB. 2006]

WE CHOSE NOT TO HAVE ANY GRIDS IN THE CASEMENT WINDOWS SO THAT WE HAVE A FULL VIEW OF THE GARDENS ALL YEAR AROUND.

GETTING READY TO LIVE OUTSIDE FOR SPRING AND SUMMER

Right now is near the end of February  and we are starting to plan for outside living. [I guess it is because I’ve finished all of my plant orders!] We are thinking of the things that we’d like to do as soon as the weather breaks.

Retreating to the basement still, as it is too cold yet, we are assessing the condition of the umbrellas, chairs, etc. as to what stays, what gets fixed, and what goes. It is a good time to get all the yard sale stuff ready in a corner, too. When it starts getting warmer, we won’t have the time to look through and sort things then.

We also have to look at the gloves and tools to see what we need to get for the gardening for March. The tiller has to be checked and the tractor looked at so that we can just –GO! Some of these things were done in the fall but some were left as the holidays seemed to approach too soon. Cleaning and stacking the stakes and supports for the gardens, checking for sharpening needs, and piling the clean pots in a neat order are things waiting for me at this time of year !