Thanks to all of you for participating in the Renee's Garden Seeds contest, and telling us what's going on in your gardens this spring....I hope you all enjoy the sweet pea seeds you've received in thanks for sharing your gardens with us...
Reading all of your plans and ideas has me jazzed up for spring...here's a compilation of what you're up to this spring.....
Starting Over: Adrienne recently moved into a 40’s bungalow in Lake City with a neglected garden. As she cleaned out debris, she discovered a gardener used to live here. She's uncovered 30 roses, a woodland garden, a pond, and a large perennial border. Best of all, plants she thought were dead are coming back to life.
Mary moved to Sonoma last year, and while she misses her Seattle garden, she feels she's now gardening in paradise. She took her new garden down to the dirt ("a gardener's dream"),…and is planting lemon, orange and espaliered apple tress, roses, succulents, herbs, strawberries and herbs…
Lisa bought a new house in Lake Forest Park last December, and can’t wait to see what comes up in the garden this spring. In the extra lot they bought next door, she’s creating a veggie garden. “I think I'll order some of Renee's Chioggia Beet seeds as one of my first plantings. Beautiful color and very fun. My kids might even learn to like beets!”
The Ambitious: Connie in Mill City, Oregon has, over the last eight years, turned a cow pasture into a five acre garden with perennials, shrubs, flowering trees, vegetables….this spring she’s added 35 own-root David Austin roses, including Evelyn, Cottage Rose, Abraham Darby (left) and Winchester Cathedral.
The recycler: Bonnie is building a greenhouse from vintage windows she’s collected over the past year. “I’m giddy with possibilities,” says Bonnie who plans to create a rose garden around the new greenhouse as a tribute to her mother who passed on the gardening bug to her daughter.
Carol is creating a vegetable garden border of multi-colored lettuces interspersed with rows of bread seed poppies, a scene she describes as “Food for the table and the eye.”
Victoria is building raised beds for asparagus, snap peas, carrots, beets, spinach, lettuce and Romanesco broccoli.
Chris from Gig Harbor writes : “Last spring when we visited Whidbey Island, we stopped by the Inn to see their beautiful kitchen garden and I was fascinated by a plant that looked like it had come from outer space. I contacted the Inn and they put me in touch with Jodi, who worked on the design and planting of the garden, and she told me it was Allium Schubertii (left) ....so I ordered 5 bulbs from Brent and Becky's bulbs and so that is what's new in my garden this year. They are already up about 2 inches...all FIVE of them. I'm so excited to see them in bloom!!”