Monthly Archives March 2013

a few photos from the garden…

Tom downloaded images off his camera today and there were a bunch of the garden, so I thought I would share some of them: For Christmas, Tom got me a peony plant- it was basically a root sticking out of a tiny pot of soil. So I transplanted it, put it in the sun, and […]

A trip to Homestead Farms

Last Saturday we made a trip out to a family farm not to far from home. I’d heard of the name before but never really investigated it. My wife recently changed her diet and was looking for some good local ingredients and found this place through a church friend. If you aren’t careful you’ll miss […]

A Trip to the Antique Rose Emporium

Last week my mom, sister-in-law, and niece and nephew were in town for a visit so Chris and I took them to Brenham, Texas, home of Blue Bell Ice Cream for a tour of their factory and then a stopover at the Antique Rose Emporium to see what that was all about. I had read […]

new growth

One of my absolute favorite things in the garden is when I spot new growth. It can be anything- seeds starting to sprout, new buds forming on exiting plants, a little spot of green on a branch, a tiny fruit starting to form. This is a pot of “sprouts” that I found growing in the […]

Happy Vernal Equinox

Other than the primrose in this flower bed by the mail box, everything here is blue. Bachelor buttons, Russian sage, and the bluebonnets pictured above. Spring is in full force here.

Sprout Dispatch’s First Ever Video Blog!

Sometime towards the end of last week I came up with the idea to sit down with my brother and do an impromptu video blog. I’ve probably been listening to too many podcasts lately and I’m sure that influenced me, but I thought our little sit down was fun. Sit down with a bit of […]

chel’s “duh!” gardening moment: harvesting sunflower seeds

So, I have a confession: I didn’t know how to harvest sunflower seeds until a few weeks ago. I mean, I knew the seeds were *in* the center of the flower, and the flower itself had to be done blooming and be dried before the seeds could be removed, but I had no idea *where* […]

Spruced Up

This past weekend while the rest the rest of the family was out of town visiting my sister and bro-in-law, I took to the garden to spruce up my new growing space. Last week I tore down the greenhouse. It took two truck loads of mulch to cover the area. Its now covered somewhere around […]

The Zoe Tree

A couple of months ago we transplanted a small pine tree that had been growing too close to the house in hopes that it would take and grow in its new spot. It looked good for awhile but within the last two weeks it went downhill and died. On Saturday Chris found a larger loblolly […]

garden gadgets (etc.) that have caught my eye…

It’s definitely spring! No matter how many seasons I go through in my little garden, I always *forget* how busy autumn and spring can be in a Florida garden. For most of winter, my basic task was watering, and a little planting, and a tiny bit of pruning. This week, that all changed- I went […]

Remember the…

With today being a day of remembrance here in Texas (Fall of the Alamo, 1836), I thought it only fitting to show where the greenhouse stood for nearly two years. It’s pretty naked over here now. I had been planning on taking it down later this year, but the high winds last week swept away […]

Hyacinths and Crocus (Croci?)

Hey, what do you know? I was going somewhere correct with the croci for the plural form of crocus but apparently crocuses works too. Croci sounds better…*shrugs* Anyway….hyacinths and croci! Behold! Chris and I both said that if we’d known the hyacinths were going to be this cool we would have bought more clearance bulbs […]

settling in…

When I first started gardening, I was OBSESSIVE about being out there, rain or shine, winter, spring, summer, and fall. I checked every plant, monitored every leaf and bud, counted and marked every seed I planted. I watered daily- some plants just a few drops, some a light mist, others a little more. I […]