Hopalong Hollow....

Hopalong Hollow, where the Blueberries grow sweet, and the moss feels soft beneath your feet.

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Part 3 of the Potager.... we are planting seeds now...in the house.

Good Morning from Hopalong Hollow!

Are you planning your garden?  It's one of the pleasures of the cold months to imagine how wonderful everything will be when at long last we get to dig into that soil and begin the process of CREATING the garden.
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It is very rewarding to start your own plants from God's tiny little miracle: the SEED
 I started these seedlings in the kitchen window in late Feb.: PENSTEMON and CANTERBURY BELLS.
If all of them grow to healthy plants, I will have dozens of beautiful growers for my cottage gardens and my Potager...for mere pennies.
 The seed is quite a wonder:  inside the tiny hardened compartment is all the DNA required to tell that miraculous little morsel what kind of leaves it is to have, what color, shape, size, and scent it is destined to be. 
A field of Poppies? A 7 ft, Hollyhock topped with soft pink ruffled and delicate blooms?
 A pear tree covered in red or yellow succulent fruits?
HOW AMAZING!
You can be the one to nurture these bitty seeds to become what they were meant to be, in just a few steps.
Part 3 of "Planning your Potager the Hopalong Hollow Way"


23 comments:

  1. pressure! i have been meaning to work in my grow space for a week and still haven't gotten to it. next week for sure!

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  2. That's okay! It better to plant seeds a little late than too early. I started some seedlings in a tiny greenhouse last year in late July and transplanted them in August to the garden. In the past week, even with this cold weather, those plants are at least 6 inches tall and healthy as can be.

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  3. Love your videos, Jeri! I agree a seed is just a miracle waiting to be nurtured by the gardener. I love seeing all of your jars and lovely seed boxes. A gardener has the heart of hope in his soul. Love hearing that from you! ♥

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    1. Martha, So glad you are watching the videos.... they take a huge amount of time to make and even longer to upload!
      I wanted to tell you that I've seen many of the unfurling leaves of the pips coming thru the earth... the ones you sent me... so exciting!

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  4. I always say that spring starts inside; it starts inside the home, inside the heart. Jeri, you inspire!

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  5. I never tire of watching your garden videos and seeing your garden journal! My gardens are not as well thought out as yours, but I am inspired by yours. I garden vicariously through you!

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    1. Cathy, not all my gardens are well thought out, but this Potager is pretty organized. I will happily garden for you!

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  6. Another informative and enjoyable video.

    Happy Spring dear Jeri ~ FlowerLady

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    1. Same to you Rainy, I know your place is lookin lovely!

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  7. Love this latest video...as always, you give me energy. Right now, I'm looking out an upstairs window at my raised beds that are covered in snow. We had a blast of snow mixed with sleet last night. Now everything is trying to melt, so I can't get out to do much until the mess clears up a bit. Can't wait to plant! It occurred to me to ask you if you are familiar with Bealtaine Cottage in Ireland? I came across her a couple of years ago and just like you, she is such an inspiration. If you type in Bealtaine Cottage on Youtube, it will give you a list of her videos. Her gardening style reminds me of yours, which of course, pleases me to no end! Just thought I'd mention her in case you don't know about her. Have a great rest of the weekend. I'm hoping to start some seeds this week (after I clean up the mess in the potting shed!).

    Love from Diane in North Carolina

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    1. Diane, I know about Bealtaine Cottage vids and watch quite often. Another special YouTube station is "Lavender and Leeks", she's in England on an allotment, but she is so sweet and refreshing with lots of good ideas. I'm doing more seeds today as well. I have so many trays to fill.

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    2. I should have known that you would have already known about Bealtaine Cottage. Yes, I also know about Lavender and Leeks. She and her dad are great family gardeners. Don't you just love the allotments and garden sheds in England? Wish there were more of these in America. I don't personally need an allotment, but what a great way to learn about gardening and meet like-minded folks. Good luck on the seeds...I've been on a quest to find the old-fashioned summer poinsettia seeds and finally found them today. There are a lot of amaranthus seeds out there, but I especially wanted the old-fashioned ones. If you don't have any of these plants, I'll send you some seeds when mine come in.

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    3. Thank Diane,I don't have any of those particular seeds. Did those ZInnias ever come up for you?

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    4. I just lost the last reply I sent to you. Grr... Maybe that's what happened to the one I sent you last year when I was telling you how wonderfully the zinnias performed. The colors were amazing and the birds loved them just as much as the butterflies. They bent the stems over sometimes in their zeal to get to the seeds. I'll send you some summer poinsettia seeds when they get here. I think you'll like them. The bright pink on the ends of the green leaves is so pretty. They truly do look like poinsettias in the summer.

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  8. lovely little baby plants.
    I look forward to things growing here.
    Mostly i am learning about the buds that are happening on the trees and bushes. This year I noticed for the first time, furry buds/catkins on the Quaking aspens. Only on the males. I love how there is more to learn always. Your garden is going to be so special!

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    1. Tammy, I so agree with you, there is always something new to learn. I wasn't aware of the catkins only being male

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  9. Lovely video Jeri - you inspire me to get my seeds start indoors too. Winter and cold weather has lingered - so perhaps now with turning the calendar we will begin to enjoy warmer temps. Have a blessed Holy Week. Hugs!

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    1. Debbie, and a Blessed Holy week to you to! I'm a newbie at starting seeds indoors, this is only my second year. But last years little success's encouraged me to go further.

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  10. Dear Jeri,
    I really enjoyed your video. Your little seedlings reminded me of the 110 little English lavenders I started years ago.. Unfortunately, only 3 out of them made it through the transition into the ground.. But I had luck with other flowers. Sweet peas, Nasturtiums, cosmos. I loved watching them poke there little heads up.
    I know yours will flourish! You are truly an inspiration.
    Wishing you a blessed Easter.
    fondly,
    Penny

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  11. Penny, 110!!! At least 3 survived. My lavender that produced so beautifully for 4 years now has to be pulled out. I think they drowned in all our rain these past months. Anyway, I have to start over with them, ugh. Love those country flowers you mention, I am planting them all too. Blessed Easter to you as well!

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  12. very beautiful and so lovely work :) i like your good idea ,Thanks for the inspiration!

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