One of our African Violets as of today
Palindrome mentioned in another blog post about starting some hot pepper seeds for the upcoming season. It made me think that this type of endeavor would be just the thing for powering through the cold, wintery day.
Today is sunny, but it ain't warm (outside) however just getting back in the soil (even if it is soil-less mix) would be a nice reminder that Spring is coming. The days are getting longer again, although almost imperceptible.
If not seed planting, maybe re-potting, cleaning up the leaves, or propagating some cuttings would do the trick. I believe Palindrome also mentioned how her flowering African violets were so refreshing.
I totally agree! Surprised? You must be a new reader since gardening is one of my vices.
I had blooms on my overwintering eggplants last week. (purple) The geraniums and hibiscus are also kicking some flowers out, the African violets and even some sansevieria (snake plant, etc.)
I did not encourage the eggplant to set fruit but if some insects did in fact pollinate them, I will probably cut the fruit off. Why? Because my intention is to have healthy, stocky plants ready for late Spring. Older plants handle flea beetles better and I have had problems with them lately.
I am also overwintering a few herbs in our attached greenhouse. So far the temps have not gone below 55 degrees so as long as I remember to keep them watered. I should be ready for Spring.
I really should start some seeds like Palindrome but they are more sensitive about neglect and things have been a bit crazy around here with Mrs. Lee's recovery from her three weeks in the hospital and then 4 weeks in rehab.
For those of you who know her, she is doing well, but recovery for a 96 year young person is a good deal longer than 40-50. We may never get her back to her previous fighting status, but we sure are trying.