Tuesday, March 23, 2010
The wisteria is ramping up, halfway to its big show, 2 dutch iris have color showing tonight, buds are swelling on the bearded iris, the biokova is blooming, and I see tiny, tiny baby plums on the Santa Rosa. It must be time to plant! Spring is here! I've seen tomato plants at the nursery, summer annuals too. But wait just a minute. This is one of those times of year that requires a gardener to dig around not in the ground but in the depths of whatever patience a gardener in spring might have remaining and just..stop. Those tomato plants and annuals are tempting, but another week or two or three might be a better time for planting them. Some nights are still dipping into the 40s and that makes summer planting a gamble. At least I haven't seen peppers and eggplant starts yet...those two will likely never recover if planted too early, too cold. So the gardener might indulge in a GADS attack (as my friend Carol would say)... doing a bit of pruning, maybe prepping a new garden bed, certainly weeding out all those spring weeds before they think they're allowed to move in permanently. Of course, the really impatient gardener might have put up her Wall Of Water a week ago and gone ahead and snuck a tomato plant in today. A gardener's got to do what a gardener's got to do.