What a way to spend a day. Plants and birds.
Cass is being recruited by a few schools as a prospective athlete, playing volleyball. We were treated to "official visits". This means we are guests of the school and we really didn't pay for anything! There are NCAA rules and we certainly abide by those, but the school showers a lot of attention on her, taking her to nice places to eat and soaking up the university's atmosphere. My only problem with this entire thing is that it is exhausting! Hopefully, she's close to choosing her preference and we can be done with that for a while!
After spending a frantic week on the road with Cass for college visits, I so much looked forward to today. I wanted to start my winter sowing!
The folks in the winter sowing community talk about it being almost fool-proof. Well, I didn't have a whole lot of success with it. My lids blew off. My containers dried out. My containers blew away. Lots of trouble with wind. I mentioned my issues to Sue, of Sue's Garden Journal, and she sent me some of the trays she uses. This was before Thanksgiving and I tucked the box away, so it wouldn't get wrapped and placed under the Christmas tree. (hey, it has happened!)
Today, I got the box out and began to sow the seeds for wintersowing. (Thank you, Sue, for the SEEDS, too!)
Sue's trays blew away.
I chased them down and began to think I am not cut out for wintersowing.
I stacked up the containers I'd saved and Sue's trays and realized the containers I'd saved fit right into Sue's trays. I fit the containers in and filled the room around them with rocks.
I had to deal with the wind blowing the lids off. I pierced the top and bottom and slipped a zip tie thru the hole.
Close up of zip tie solution.
Containers ready for seeds.
Getting ready for a busy transplanting season!
Today I sowed Goat's Beard, Pink Joe Pye, Cardinal Lobelia, Great Blue Lobelia, Northern Lights Snapdragons, Majestic Giants Pansy, Scarlet Flax, Tall Blue Flax, Pink Malva, and English Daisy.
In March, I will sow the tender annuals.
I covered the dining room table with paper and worked at my own pace, left alone all day. I was able to keep an eye on my feeders and what a wonderful reward I got today!
This makes me so happy, it's not right.
I truly was beginning to believe I would not see anything but the little finches. Now, I'm more inspired to lure more birds to my yard! This guy came back a few times today.
I wish he'd invite his friends!