The GUL plants in the basement are holding their own under my benign neglect.
Pic 1: Yellow onions sown in Dec on the left; combo of red & white onions sown in Jan on the right.
Pic 2: Clipping from geranium in Dec is putting out its 2nd bud while the 3 surviving B&B salvia cuttings are looking darn good.
Pic 3: 3 of the 4 saved salvia plants brought in and stored in the cool dim crawlspace have survived with only an occasional water. They got really leggy. Today I hauled them out and cut them down to regrow for spring. I saved all the nice tips for rooting.
Pic 4: Salvias trimmed, watered, a touch of fish emulsion and under light.
Pic 5: The 4th of the saved salvias and the 3 original saved geraniums are doing well in the front bay window, especially since I taped up more plastic to help keep out the bitter cold of this winter.
I will put the salvia cuttings into potting mix this time - no messing around with sand (that was a total failure).
I scored last week at Lowes and brought home 5 packs of Zahara zinnia seeds. They turned out to be the PERFECT zinnia for along the turnaround beds. Sure, they're a little spendy (2.49/14 seeds), but they usually all germinate and the plants are outstanding!
It's still deep in snow outside, but a mild week is forecasted. I suppose I should be thinking about starting peppers and some perennials next. I'm really low on lavendars - so many died from LAST winter so I can only surmise I'll have even fewer out there in Spring. Time to replenish those beauties.
Last year I kept the B&B salvias in pots on the deck but this year I'm going to plant them out in the gardens. They have a heavy resinous fragrance and plants like that usually get a pass from the deer. Fingers crossed.
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