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Slightly Torrid

Hello! I'm an often-frustrated but always passionate gardening fanatic. During our Minnesota winters I'm passionate about wine and hot coffee. But not together.
Mar 10 '14
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narcissus

Can’t wait for our snow to melt so that I can look for signs of these in my own garden!

passion4plants:

narcissus

Can’t wait for our snow to melt so that I can look for signs of these in my own garden!

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Feb 28 '14

Anonymous asked:

hello :) why can't you grow centaurea cyanus aka cornflower in your own garden? have a beautiful day! - p4p

Actually, the plant itself would grow just fine in my garden. The problem is that I live in an area over-run with rabbits and deer, both of which seem to absolutely LOVE it.

There are a certain number of plants which I *must* grow despite our wildlife, and so I surround those with wire fencing. This makes my garden start to resemble a prison camp in pretty short order, so I try to restrict my plantings to things the animals won’t eat or don’t care for.

As a result, I have daffodils in the spring rather than tulips, even though my preference is for tulips. I have more varieties of perennial geranium than I really want, but they’re bullet-proof and apparently unappetizing. And I pass on planting centaurea, although I adore the color, because it’s too painful to continually see the plant mown down.

Thanks for asking! :)

Feb 27 '14

Gardening posts will not resume any time soon.

And here’s why (apologies for the rant, but at least I rolled it all into one large complaint rather than doling it out over the past weeks)

Snow:
The snow is over 4.5’ deep at our house, and where the snowplow has piled it up, it’s over my head. It’s up to the bottom of the living room windows, where in a normal winter, little or no snow collects. I can’t clear the sidewalk with the shovel any longer, as I can’t throw it high enough. I haven’t seen our large round raised planters in the back garden for months. Driving is treacherous; it’s difficult to see around the snowbanks to check for oncoming traffic.

Cold:
Going to the office in -16F/-30F windchill is typical. Black ice and compacted frozen snow remains at nearly every intersection, and snow is frozen solid into my tire treads; it’s hard to get traction again once stopped. Going outdoors hurts my face, and my bones ache most mornings. I can’t wear half of my typical winter wardrobe, as it’s not warm enough unless I put on three layers. I’m heartily sick of wearing a parka and heavy hiking boots every day with every outfit, but my other coats and shoes are not warm enough.

Wind:
The wind chills are often dangerously low, as in “exposed flesh will freeze in five minutes and you will DIE” low. I haven’t styled my hair for a couple of months. Even brushing it prior to going outside is often futile, as it’ll just need to be redone when I get back indoors. The necessity of wearing a scarf and keeping the parka hood up ruins any attempt at a neat appearance.

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Feb 24 '14

inkandpenstemon:

First spring bulbs out! Galanthus ‘Brenda Troyle’, Crocus chrysanthus ‘Blue Pearl’, and Iris reticulata ‘Katherine Hodgkin.’

Oh, it almost hurts to see these beauties — we’re going to be So Very Late with the spring flowers up here this year… if they make it through the bitterly cold and snowy winter, that is.  :(

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Feb 24 '14
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aquilegia

The frost line is down 8’ this winter. I hope that at least some of my perennials pull through…

passion4plants:

aquilegia

The frost line is down 8’ this winter. I hope that at least some of my perennials pull through…

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Feb 7 '14
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centaurea

Sigh. Another thing I can’t grow in my own garden. LOVE that deep dark blue.

passion4plants:

centaurea

Sigh. Another thing I can’t grow in my own garden. LOVE that deep dark blue.

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Jan 24 '14

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hiking in the woods II

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Jan 16 '14
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orchids

Yet another thing I can’t grow… but they’re gorgeous!

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orchids

Yet another thing I can’t grow… but they’re gorgeous!

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