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Where would you greet spring?

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Longing for Spring to Begin

It’s snowing again, but rather than post another picture of the “White Stuff”, I’m going to go back to a happier time.
I was digging through my pictures and found these of ‘My’ Garden Center in April of 2012.
I call it My garden center, because I run it. It actually belongs to the company I work for.
I’ve been with the company, going on 8 years now and this coming March will be my 8th garden center. Finding these pictures is giving me the itch to get back outside again.

angel from the front entrance display

 

Front entrance display~ spirea, azalea, rhododendron, geranium, viola, arborvitae & water features are always a big hit.

 

another shot with a Korean boxwood and candytuft iberis- can you find the frog statue?

 

a sea of early violas and pansies

 

Early shrubs, just leafing out. They come in as dormant twigs and it’s exciting to see them leaf out.

 

early yet for tomatoes, but they are well protected in the greenhouse

 

Rising Waters

A little creek by my house that feeds into the Illinois River, usually not this high- They closed the road shortly after this shot.
We were fortunate. We were high enough above the Illinois river in our part of Morris. But for those in Marseilles, Seneca, and Ottawa who lost everything,  may God Bless them with strength and courage as they recover from their loses. And God bless the angels who donated their time and services to the flood victims. Your reward will be great!

Green Babies

We’re getting there Sissy!

The unusual warm spell hitting the Midwest right now has everybody itching to get out and start working in the garden, but should we plant our tomatoes and peppers now? We could, but then we all know here in Chicagoland, it will get cold again  (you’ve heard the saying “if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes, it’ll change”? It’s true here. Especially in Spring).
Our last frost date is roughly around May 5th and we would have to keep a diligent eye on the thermometer and the Weather Channel so we can run out and throw buckets, plastic and the spare bed sheets over our tender little plants to protect them from frost. But that’s a lot of work and worry if you ask me. I used to do all that, planting my tomatoes as early as possible, closely watching the weather on TV every afternoon, then running out in the evening and covering everything up (yes, I’ve done the bed sheet thing many times) and then back out in the morning to uncover before the sun came up an cooked everything. But I had more energy then, and time. Now, older, lazier and a fuller schedule, I just wait until late April and early May to plant my tomatoes and peppers.
As for my little Organic Babies here, they won’t be planting out size until around then anyway. This early warm spell has caught most of us growers with our proverbial pants down. As I mentioned above, people are wanting to plant their gardens now, but unless you started your own tomato and pepper transplants early, most greenhouses and nurseries here aren’t quite ready (but we’ve all kicked into high gear now!).
I would though, start planting my lettuce, peas, onions and potatoes now, while the weather is nice and the soil is dry, for soon, this weekend actually, it will be back to more normal March temps (I peeked at the weather just now~ 60’s are forecasted for the weekend for us).

transplanting Kellog’s Breakfast tomatoes

Happy Spring and Happy Gardening
from Lil’s Garden!
Get out and enjoy your day if you can!

pepper seeds
organic tomato seedlings

New 2012 Plant List is Up!

last years seedling ~ Tommy Toe cherry

Not in alphabetical order:
Tomatoes:
Lemony
Vintage Wine
Italian Giant Beefsteak
Earliana
Brandywine
Lillian’s Yellow Heirloom
Martino’s Roma
Rutger’s Improved
Black Cherry
Kellogg’s Breakfast
Marianna’s Peace
North Dakota Earliana
Cuore De Toro (bulls heart)
Tommy Toe (Cherry)
Tiny Tin ( Dwarf cherry)
Sun Sugar Hybrid (cherry)
Peppers:
Anaheim Chili- hot
Early Jalapeno-  hot
California Wonder -bell
 King of the North- bell
Gypsy Hybrid (sweet Italian)- non bell
Sweet Banana –non bell
Golden Treasure (sweet) non bell

For details and printable lists go to www.LilsGarden.net

More Flooding On the Illinois & Fox Rivers

We’ve had a lot of rain to go along with
our long, cool spring and once again,
our rivers are rising!
( We got another 2 inches of rain right after these shots! )
Junction of Fox and Illinois Rivers, Looking East

Veterans Memorial Bridge (RT.23) connecting Ottawa’s North Side to Ottawa’s South Side.

Looking across the water to Allen Park in Ottawa, IL The water is halfway across the Park.
This years flooding is minor compared to what we had in 2008. This light post is the same light post in the picture below (it’s on the boat docks under the same bridge in the second picture ).  Normally it stands above the water.
I think the water was a little deeper in 2008…. What do you think?   I had to stand on a nearby hill to get this shot because of the height of the water!

Before the Storm

 
Watching a storm build from the bleachers behind Ottawa Township High School

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