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It's that time of year again

I noticed buds on my hydrangeas over the weekend. This is my kid-at-Christmas moment. I ran inside the house to coax everyone else outside to take a peek, but they were non-plussed. I'm not surprised considering they were playing Wil. Hydrangea buds vs. Wii Sports is barely a contest. Anyway, there were a ton of flowers for sale for Spring planting in Paris, though I haven't noticed as many in the states. I did take a moment to peruse the newly-stocked garden aisle at Target, and had to exercise restraint or else I would have filled my cart with seeds and soil. I didn't leave empty-handed, however. I bought a little starter set and planted some moon flowers and morning glories. I'm kind of obsessed with climbing flowers, and last year, I waited too long to plant them. I figured I'd get a head start, though previous attempts to start seeds indoors have all failed. Try, try again, I suppose. I'm feeling more confident this year. Plus, I'm watching over them like a mother watches over her newborn. I'm sure Evan thinks I've gone off the deep end. Have I? Any fellow gardeners out there? What are you planting?


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by claudia b

I'm into ranunculus this year. I got a bouquet from trader joe's for my dining room table, then 2 plants for my backyard, and then my lovely husband got me 6 more plants for the front yard, since he saw how much i liked them.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by risamay

We're waiting for the wild orchid seedlings to blossom and burst into a low thick forest of lush in our backyard right now. They resprout themselves every year and are amazing each spring. My neighbor picked up some seeds on a hike in the hills one year and just sprinkled them randomly around the backyard. Brilliant. It's the gift that keeps on giving, every spring, without fail.

Other than that, we've got lobelia, nasturtiums, and other low-maintenance blooms in our backyard. It's quite a small area and my neighbor does most of the gardening. I've got a big pot of lavender though, right outside my kitchen/office window, which I'm looking forward to enjoying again this year.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Leila

I'd like to try nasturtiums this year. We're just a bit north of you though so we're still getting snow and nastiness and no buds. I'm trying to be patient.

I had moonflowers and morning glories last year and, although I also planted them too late, did get a few blooms right at the end and they're definitely going back in this year in the same spot. Keep us posted on your indoor seed progress!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Risa –

I am a huge nasturtium fan. I planted some last year that grew over 20 feet! I will definitely get more this year. We can't plant anything outside until after May1-ish, so it's tough to wait.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Krista

No buds here… still under some snow! But there are certainly bulbs and seed at the stores!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Noodles and Waffles

I did a post about planning my garden. I've got basil and cilantro planted and I'll be planting beets and spinach soon.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Our Sound Home –

I adore clematis! I have three (is that too many?). I planted an autumn clematis last year, and was stunned by how fast it grew.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by OurSoundHome

Oh goodness, I just purchased my first house a couple months ago and I am so excited for spring and summer to work in the garden, I just can't help myself! I got a Clematis plant, along with some Clematis bulbs I also want to try out. I also love the look of those climbers! Happy gardening!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Krystal

I so wish I were gardening this year…someday when i have my own house it will be at the top of my list!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by kim

My dwarf irises are finally flowering :) I was certain I planted them too late but they still deliver. The first flowers in my new city courtyard "garden". For summer I'm also planting morning glories and loads of aquilegias – if my garden wouldn't be in full shade I'd definitely plant cosmos (cosmea), they're my favourites.

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