Paperwhites : Narcissus tazetta

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Have you ever tried growing these? It’s my first time!

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This set was a Christmas present,  5 bulbs, some porous rocks, a plastic liner & the box with instructions..place the bulbs on top of the rocks , set the base of the bulb into the rocks , add water..TaDa..an indoor garden!

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this is after 2 weeks, they are almost ready to bloom…amazing!

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they get quite tall, I fed them alcohol as per instructions, to stunt their growth

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perhaps they needed more,  I just tied them up

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the blossoms are incredibly fragrant & beautiful!

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The petals are luminous, can you see the shimmer?

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I tried to capture that in this painting …

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Meyer Lemon Trees & Marion Berries

The trip to Bob Duncan’s Nursery was successful  & so informative! Wow what an interesting operation, amazing what you can grow with some ingenuity!

Oh, the temptation 😉

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we came home with 2  Meyer Lemons and a Marion Berry..

sigh…they are pretty small so it may be a while before we have any, there is a little lemon forming and a few blossoms 😉

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Here is his website if you’re interested, his You Tube videos are also good!

Bob Duncan’s Fruit Trees & More

A couple of other items had to be ordered, so we will wait till April to write about those …fingers crossed that these babies will grow….

Here we go….

Happy 2014!!!

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We’re off to a great start….its been mild and dry for us on the Wet West Coast, with signs of spring starting to show…

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Iris & daffodils are popping up…

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The Robins have left us some berries…

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winter broccoli is producing well..

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more broccoli

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the peas have been struck by frost..

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but new flowers are growing..

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the celery I transplanted is sending up new shoots…next year they’ll go into the greenhouse

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isn’t the color of the January King Cabbage beautiful?

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Red Ball Brussels haven’t grown much, perhaps I didn’t transplant them early enough, something to try again this year….

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Looking forward to seeing how early we’ll have Walla Walla onions…they’ve done well under cover

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Garlic is just starting to show some signs of life…

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My list of what to do in the garden is starting to grow too 😉

Don’t you love the beginning of a New Year, there are so many possibilities…