Lunching and Gardening

Today, we had some glorious, sunny, warm weather. It was the kind of day I might have spent in the garden. Alas, I had a long lunch with a friend in a restaurant I hadn’t been to for several years. We sat by a window, had a glass of wine each (Chardonnay and Malbec) and caught up. It was lovely.

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Pretty bare, but at least not weedy. I didn’t have time or the light to prune the roses.

Tomorrow evening, I’ll be having dinner with a professor from my undergraduate years. I never had a class with her or her husband, but they were active with the students in the department and have stayed in touch with many of us. So that will be a catching up as well as some intellectual stimulation, no doubt!

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The garlic looks good even though it was under 20 inches of snow.

Of course I did get to the garden. I trimmed the soon to be rampant trumpet vine, pulled a very few weeds and got a feel for what would need to be done before planting.

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This was once a sprout. Not that long ago.

I was extremely pleased to see the lettuces in the cold frame. They looked really good in spite of the fact I left the frame vented through the bitterest temperatures we had, mostly because I just never got back to close it completely.

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Maybe I can start eating these next week…

I did manage to order all my seeds, plants and supplies for the garden this weekend. This included a variety of row covers and shelters against varmints to see which (if any) work the best. I may write about these after they arrive. I hope everyone has a lovely week!

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51 Responses to Lunching and Gardening

  1. Beachbums1 says:

    Your post makes me even more excited for spring to arrive. This weather makes me anxious to start gardening as well but I’m never sure when I can trim vines. Now that I’ve read you did some trimming, I might do the same!

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  2. Mary Tang says:

    Planting is such an exciting time; thanks for sharing Unfortunately I find I do not have the room or the time to plant annuals. My tomatoes are self seeded ones from the compost πŸ™‚

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  3. Sylvie G says:

    You are such an accomplished gardener arlingwoman. That garlic is impressive (and I am struggling to find any at the moment) πŸ™‚

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Ah, it is a sad thing to be without garlic. If you have a place to grow it, you should try. Start with fresh local garlic and bulbs that have large cloves! I plant in late summer/early fall. They come up and then winter over (even if it snows) and are ready by June (usually around my birthday, which is a very nice treat!). Thanks for stopping by. Pretty soon the blog will be all gardening all the time!

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  4. reocochran says:

    I like how the gardener I n you was “itching to get back to it.” Barely able to enjoy lunch and catching up. Made me smile about this. Cool how some lettuce plants, even while vents open to cold air, thrived. Happy nearly Spring to you, happy gardening to you! πŸ™‚

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  5. Here we are with the seasons turning again – and already! We have a bitter cold wind blowing in from the Antarctic today – a real shock from the heat and humidity of the last couple of weeks and a promise of what is to come. But at least I could go get some messages and impulse buying done
    [ πŸ™‚ ] in daylight hours, leaving puppy safely in the car ……. If you are too busy lunching and socialising to do much gardening – well, Yay!! Have a great week Lisa!

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    • Once again, I’m with Pauline. The mood of the moment is important, so…yay! I am totally interested to follow your gardening trail, now that I can enjoy it from the start. (which I could not do last year, because I didn’t even know it existed!). About garlic…I am an aficionado of garlic…I specialized in it, both horticulturally, culinarily and artistically. One of the most beautiful things about them, this time of year are the “scapes,” which always made me think of land-scapes, not to mention es-capes and beautifully curled and twisted things in general.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      It’s too soon to have Antarctic blasts! Glad you could get some shopping done. It was nice to spend a couple hours dawdling over lunch. I don’t do that very often–and should try it out more. Take care, Pauline!

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  6. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, that winter by went fast! It won’t be too long before you’ll be planting again!

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  7. BunKaryudo says:

    Wow! That huge vine grew from a sprout very recently? You have to be careful with magic beans. I’d advise keeping an ax handy just in case you have problems with giants climbing down the stalk.

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  8. Well done. I look forward to the further progress

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  9. Your lettuces are doing better than mine ever did all spring and summer! Pauline’s Antarctic cold blast hasn’t hit where I live further north yet – but it will happen! I haven’t even started to gather firewood!

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  10. We have a wonderful warm sunny day here too yesterday!!! My son just arrived from bittercold Canada, we walked in the park and soaked up that warm sun!!! Good thing we did…today cold and grey again! Your lettuce truly amazes me!! xo Johanna

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  11. jennypellett says:

    Isn’t it lovely to think that in a few weeks things will be burgeoning again. I can’t believe your lettuces survived your harsh weather. Enjoy your week too, Lisa, it sounds like you have more social catching up to do. Might as well get it all in before the gardening in earnest startsπŸ˜‰

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  12. KerryCan says:

    You make me so wishful for spring . . . and we’re due to get a big ol’ snow storm and frigid temps! I will live vicariously through your gardening . . .

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  13. arlingwoman says:

    Alas, It will be turning cold here for Wednesday and Thursday! But it can’t stay cold for much longer, even up near Lake Champlain!

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  14. Robbie says:

    Green! Your stuff looks great:-)How exciting to be outside. Yep, the warm weather is on the way but this time of year mother nature likes to tease us and play hide and seek with spring-lol. We have snow this morning on the ground but I don’t have to shovel for it will melt by noon!Now that is my kinda of snow. I have been hardening off my cole crop seedlings, historical pansies, and other spring veggies. I can hardly wait!
    I have a trumpet vine that has a gnarly thick vine like yours running through my fence. They get huge but I have to say, I enjoy them in the summer. Some people hate them to the core. I know they wander-I just pick it out and move on for they provide for some of my wildlife:-)

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Yes, mine borders a sidewalk, so I have to keep trimming all summer. But in the spring, there is always a bird nest in there. I’m pretty excited to get in the garden, but apparently that snow is coming east!

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  15. Robin says:

    I think it was Eliza who mentioned this, but reading this post made me think that winter rushed right past us. Hard to believe it’s almost time to start over in the garden. You’ve reminded me, too, that I should get my roses pruned and do some cleaning up in my garden. We could probably go ahead and plant some more broccoli and greens.

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  16. LB says:

    Lisa, your posts offer such a sense of contentment and reveal such a lovely life quality. Have I said that before?
    I’ve seen this video twice now and thought of you. Have you see the FLOTUS visiting local DC gardens? You probably have, but just in case …
    http://www.letsmove.gov/blog/2016/03/03/surprise-first-lady-visits-unsuspecting-local-gardeners

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Holy moly! This made me tear up. The looks on those kids’ faces! Thanks for sending this. Wowsers. I think she did a lot for gardening. As for my quality of life, I’m working on it! And it gets better when the days are longer and warmer! Thanks for stopping by, Laurie!

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  17. Boomdeeadda says:

    And so it begins, another chapter in the novel that is, “Garden Glory with Lisa”. HA. You’re well ahead of us in the north. There’s still snow in our mostly shaded yard, although yellow grass peaks up here and there where the sun is generous and warm. Who knew Garlic was so tenacious? Does that make it perennial in your region? Today it’ll be 9C or 48F ! We consider that a crazy nice March day. Enjoy! x K

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I suppose if you let it seed, it would be perennial, but since you dig up it’s bulb and roots…and I never let it bloom or seed, since that takes energy from the bulb. Sounds like your weather is as good as mine today at least! Not bad for still winter! So good to hear form you! I hope your tan hasn’t faded!

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  18. Hi Lisa! I’m gradually catching up in the blog world. Your garden plot looks so fresh and full of promise. There is nothing quite like it, is there? I love the promise of a good season ahead. I’ve been pulling weeds and grass throughout the garden, preparing my two raised beds, and constructing (from a kit) a third one. I will officially plant on March 20th, though it feels like spring arrived a month ago.

    It’s nice to hear you’ve been catching up with friends. Soon the days will lengthen and our time in the garden will be a regular part of our days.

    Enjoy your week to come.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      You are a busy woman Alys! I’ve been a bit crazed myself lately. I’m wondering if the raised beds or the ground would be more water efficient. I can’t imagine you haven’t looked into this. Probably something to do with volume needed to water and volume that dries out. I am going to try to do a little planting this weekend if it isn’t chilly. I have some row covers to try out! Thanks for coming by and reporting on your garden. I’m so looking forward to spring.

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      • Lisa, my decision to add raised beds had more to do with the space I have available to plant vegetables. We have quite a bit of shade in our garden. I grow things along the back of the house. The front beds are only six inches deep, the back are twice that. The deeper rooters, like the raspberries go along the back and grow on a trellis.

        I also liked the idea of containing the garden in beds, and find them easy to prep each year with the finite walls.

        I’m intrigued though about the idea of water volume. Something to research.

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      • arlingwoman says:

        My friend Paul has a lot of raised beds in the driveway, where all the sun is. He has installed irrigation for them, which would be quite controllable for you, but you no doubt have other methods figured out.

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      • We have drip irrigation all over the yard, including the boxes. But we just added a rain catchment system, so I’ll be irrigating (at least half the season) with rain water. We hope to hook it up to drip. I’m excited!

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      • arlingwoman says:

        That’s pretty cool.

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