I'm off to New Orleans in less than a week--and I still need to get some more comfortable shoes. I foresee a quick trip to DSW this weekend for kicky yet cozy shoes. My alliteration also sucks ass, by the way.
Ch-ch-changes are happening around the Wealhtheow household. Among other things, my daffodils are poking up through the snow, and I can't wait to see their darling little faces. And a few months after that, tulips! Springtime is lurking in the air, and I can't wait. My worms are back inside, and busy producing gorgeous castings, so I imagine in late March I'll bring them downstairs, harvest a layer, and work it into my beds in preparation for spring planting. I planted a lot of perennials last year, so we'll see what comes back. I also have PLANS for my hostas, namely moving them around so my cute mini-hosta doesn't get hidden by my giant hunka-hunka hosta. God, I love these plants. I'm thinking about going simple and stunning this year, and doing nothing but hostas and impatiens in the shady part of the garden. Gorgeous, no?
I need to decide where to put my tomatoes. If we expand the fence, that solves the problem rather neatly. But we might not expand the fence this year, and I'm reluctant to place them in the same spot we placed them in last year--I think they need some fresh soil, and they did so poorly last year. I think that was mostly the result of the intense heat, but I think crop rotation would be a smart move just in case.
I'm taken by the idea of doing more with vegetables this year. I think we'll try some squash, and maybe some peppers in the soil instead of in a container. My strawberries should come back, so let's see if this year I can figure out how to keep strange little animals from eating them right away. I'd also love to grow some eggplant, but I'm not sure we have the sunlight they need. I'll have to check it out.
My morning glories will almost definitely come back from seed, and I might try sweet peas again, this time starting them indoors and starting them earlier, as well as giving them adequate support with a trellis. I'm not sure what other ornamental flowers I'll put in--I'm kind of enamored with columbine, and maybe some foxglove for the back of the border. Any suggestions?