Lot of Firsts…

Fist time in my memory (of 8 years that I lived) in Puget Sound, winter is over in January
It is almost guilty to hear chilly stories from East coast, while they are blanketed in deep snow. As far as south Texas panhandle is getting icy storms and London seeing record snowfall. All while we at Pacific Northwest enjoying record highs for January, looking for signs of winter that lasted just for few days in December. Cascade mountains have hardly have a snow cover.
We are getting glorious mornings, temperatures in 50s, birds singing, daffodils blooming (and tulips too, go check out Shell gas station in Redmond, I’ll get picture proof if I can). Winter is over.

I am seeing lot of first buds and blossoms of the year

Bare Raspberry cane with bud, Almost flowering Rosemary (flowers in Feb, that’s first!)
Perennial Oregano is showing signs of life,  Young leaves on Rose bush


We got first bloom of the year in my backyard
Check out Hellebores in bloom…


Helleborus, also known as Helleborus orientalis, was the hands-down favorite for shade. Hellebores have become so popular because they bloom in winter – wet or snow – in February. That’s when these low-growing evergreens with white, lemon  blossoms come to life, blooming until late spring. Their evergreen foliage then graces the garden for the remainder of the year.

First Harvest of edibles from Garden 


Check out this lovely bunch of chives up and ready to be picked, I saw one small flower bud coming up too. I remember last year, chives were not ready till late Feb. I picked chives and broccoli side shoots. Few months back I wasn’t sure if I should call broccoli as failure of 2009 garden, not so much….

Chives were topped on sizzling Roti (below). Broccoli was used in Vegetable Upma (below)

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Seeds Inventory for 2010 garden

My first ever seed order has arrived, with few trades and saved seeds, leftovers from last years – I am ready for 2010 season.DSC_0001 (2)

Here’s Inventory list:

Pinetree Seed order
Clemson Okra, Ichibaan eggplant, Henna, New Ace pepper, Only the lonely nicotiana (flower), Silver cup Cauliflower, Pinetree cabbage mix, Red Amaranth, Stevia, Lemongrass, Bunching onions

Seeds Trade
From Daphne’s dandelions – slimJim eggplant and sungold tomatoes (Thank you Daphne)DSC_0003 (2)
From wintersown.org – cold set, shayenne, kimberly and 4 other tomato varieties, dukat dill and wildflower mix packet ( Thank you Trudy)DSC_0007 (2) 

Leftover seeds from 2009
bunching onions, carrots, beets, bush beans, Brussels sprouts, cucumbers, zucchini, Basil

Saved seeds
Marigold (I have zillion seeds of these, 3 varieties), Cosmos, Zinnia, Bitter gourd

To start year’s sowing, I scattered few onion seeds in one of the empty container last week. I am taking wintersown approach on this one.Happy gardening!