~ Doing things differently ~

 At this time every year, I'm restless to begin seed starting. I've done it for way more years than I can count on my fingers.Irisquilt1 My enthusiasm knows no bounds as I dream about the seeds transforming into healthy, beautiful blooms. Each spring finds me contentedly preparing my six or seven seed-starting trays. Miraculously, or so it always seems to me, little shoots soon appear under the grow lights. Thus begins my gardening season.

While the urge  to start seeds is at its strongest now that the snow's melting, I'm resisting it. All winter long, I've been tossing around ideas about what I want to do in the garden this year. Rather than having trays of seedlings that I madly dash around planting when the last frost date passes, my plan is to spend more time working on my soil and dividing perennials.  I am also going to start some summer bulbs in the hopes that they blooming earlier than they do if planted near May's end.  

I'll let you know if I can keep up my resolve and stick with my winter-concocted plan.

37 thoughts on “~ Doing things differently ~

  1. Billy Goodnick says:

    Kate: sounds like the promise of summer blooms is keeping your fire stoked for now. Sometimes I wish I had time to garden, but alas, I’m an X-shaped candle burning at all four ends and zero time (or dirt) to take advantage of. I’ll know my life is back in balance when I start my first bonsai in 25 years. Now THAT is an act of patience.
    BTW: As I’ve told you so many times, luscious photo. I don’t know how you do it but you always rock my senses.

  2. Kathy says:

    I changed my approach several years ago, too. I realized I never did justice to the seeds I started. They never got planted in time, were always pot bound–or dead. So now I only direct sow, and not very much of that. I still feel rushed trying to get through the Spring Madness, and I can’t imagine how much worse I’d feel with the pressure of seedlings to tend as well.

  3. dinahmow says:

    Hooray! I have found your blog again. (Lost some bookmarks and I was guessing the URL!)
    I do soak up some atmosphere on your Flickr page, but I haven’t time to wade through those annoying invitations! 😉
    Bookmarked again, I’ll come back…

  4. joey says:

    Kate, your iris photo is stunning! Your spring head melds with mine … I’ve never been much into seeds(except nasturtium) so spend precious hours amending my soil and digging/dividing & sharing perennials (since I’m as old as dirt, they are everywhere). Happy April gardening!

  5. Shady Gardener says:

    Kate, Sometimes it’s just as exciting to vary your plan and do something a little different. There is never a lack of things to do “out there,” which is a good thing! 🙂 I know you’re so looking forward to Spring!! We’re finally getting there.

  6. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    It sounds like a good plan to me Kate. I rarely get seeds planted outside let alone inside.

  7. Annie in Austin says:

    Since your perennials are bulking up and ready to be divided they deserve attention, too, don’t they, Kate?
    This year I kind of counted on annual seeds sprouting and was disappointed…at least with perennials even when they don’t bloom as well as you’d like, there may well be interesting foliage and you don’t have a blank spot in the middle of the border where the larkspur were supposed to grow. Have fun with whatever you plant!
    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  8. entangled says:

    I admire your resolve! But I couldn’t do it myself. Even though a lot of my seedlings never make it into the garden, I like to hang on to the illusion that I have room to plant them all.

  9. Connie says:

    Beautiful photo! The wonderful thing about gardening is the chance to start over again every year and to make changes as we see fit. Sounds like you have a good plan. My seeds are up and growing here….now if it would only stop raining, I could plant some of them out. 🙂

  10. VP says:

    I’m trying the same approach this year – lots of getting the soil right and preparation for a major revamp. It’s hard to resist the urge to plant stuff as well though isn’t it?
    I must go and check my feed from your blog – I came over to check as I thought ‘odd, nothing’s come through from Kate for ages’ only to find you’ve been chatting away for ages and my feed (and therefore me) hasn’t been listening.
    I do hope you are keeping well 🙂

  11. Silvia / Salix says:

    I haven’t sown seeds this spring yet either, except for peas, beans and parsley. I usually have loads of trays with seedlings by now. A lot of my flowers seed themselves, so I might just wait and see what comes up.

  12. Nancy says:

    I just started my first tray. We usually just sow right in the ground here in San Diego.
    Your blog is fantastic with great photos. I’m glad to have found you!

  13. lostlandscape says:

    Some of the other people commenting have already mentioned it, but I still had to tell you that I love that iris photo with the warm background colors!
    I often start my seeds too soon and end up with little plants that don’t seem to have any advantage on the ones started at the proper time. And then I end up with more seedlings than I have space for. It’s all a little stressful, and your plan sounds like a nice breather to try something new.

  14. Barbara says:

    To change ways of working, plans, habits makes life so interesting (and gardening too 🙂 !). Wishing you good luck for your new go. BTW beautiful picture (as all your pictures are!).
    Enjoy Spring time!
    Barbara

  15. Aiyana says:

    That’s a good plan. I always have a lot of new plants I want to try, but I seem to miss the planting window of time. I’m now too late for most all my planned plants as everything has to get established before the heat of summer, and one month is not long enough!
    Aiyana

  16. pRiyA says:

    very beautiful kate. how did you get those gorgeous background colours?
    i have an iris plant here which simply refuses to bloom in spite of my taking very good care of it.

  17. Elizabeth says:

    I am a miserable failure with seeds, so I am just trying a few, and if they work out, fine, if not, fine. You probably are much better at it.

  18. Selma says:

    I can’t wait to hear what you’re going to plant and to see the results. I am so excited. I feel like it’s my own garden!

  19. our friend Ben says:

    Courage, Kate! I direct-seed my beds, and plant transplants of things that need to wait for warm weather. This experiment will give you a chance to see if you miss seed-starting, and if so, how you want to do it differently when you get back into it. Meanwhile, you’ll still have a beautiful garden!

  20. Karen - An Artist's Garden says:

    What a beautiful photo Kate.
    It is always a good idea to try and do things differently from time to time.
    I am looking forward to when I have big enough perennials to divide, until then – on with the seed trays 🙂
    K

  21. Yolanda Elizabet says:

    Sounds like a plan, a cunning plan so good luck with it Kate. I’ve started sowing only a few years back but I’m hooked. I’ve sown quite a few things last month and will sow some more this month and the next too.
    Looking forward to spring in your garden soon, Kate!

  22. Gail says:

    Hello Kate, Your Iris photo is like a luscious water color…delightful to the senses. I hope you can hang on to your resolve and divide and multiple….everything I’ve read says this is the smart thing to do. It increases your plants, it’s healthy for them and having more of the same plants keeps the garden from looking like mine~~ Clown pants! When I do sow…it is directly in the garden with seeds I know will grow…Zinnias, The Susans, Cosmos. There are many if you get the urge to sow! Gail

  23. Thomas says:

    That’s a stunning image. The details and color of the flowers is awesome, but its the bokeh and the color of it that amazes me. WOW

  24. Tatyana says:

    Kate, thank you for such special comment on my post about our family trip to Whistler! I knew that there should be someone around who remembers those Soviet-Canadian hockey games. What exciting time, great sport and outstanding players! How many people were touched by those events!
    I peeked at your blog. You are not on Blotanical, that is why I haven’t seen it before. No doubt, I’ll be back!

  25. Tipper says:

    Lovely photo of the Iris. Your gardening climate is sooo drastically different than mine. Your plan sounds like a good one. Sometimes I feel like I worry about planting new things-and forget about taking care of my beloved plants who’ve been around for a while.

  26. ChrisND says:

    I know what you mean…I have resisted starting warm season things too soon thus far. Might have jumped the gun on some of the cool season transplants — the weather might be okay, but the soil stays saturated for a while. I am still at the point of deciding how much I really gain from starting seeds indoors…I will eventually arrive at what creates the least work (for me) but still satisfies the early need to sow — or so I hope.
    Taking care of the perennials should be a nice way to slow things down a bit. I know I am taking some of this early spring energy and planning some new beds.

  27. Pam Morris says:

    I love the image of the iris – and I hope, with months gone by, that your seedlings are now happy in your garden. I’m late (horrifically so) and still want to plant seeds of annuals (taking advantage of our long growing season). There’s nothing like sunflowers blooming in October – one of my favorite months down here along the SC coast.
    I hope that on this summer solstice day, that your summer is getting off to a wonderful start!

  28. Debi says:

    I’ve no time for gardening these days, but enjoy visiting your blog to see your photos, read your prose. This photo of the purple iris with orange background made me extremely happy this morning! I love this image! Hello and hope you are doing well!

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