And so it begins …

The wedding‘s over. Winter’s finally over, too. And I’m so excited about the upcoming gardening season, that I have started blogging again.

Today I finished cleaning out my flower bed in the backyard. Last year, when I started it, I put in four rose bushes that I bought from the Rosery in Needville, during their final sale. Now, I’m down to three rose bushes. One died at the end of summer last year, if I remember correctly. One of the ones that made it is the Carefree Beauty, and I’m looking forward to seeing it bloom in its second year.

My backyard flower bed, after I pulled out all the winter weeds and primed it with some "landscape mix" I got at RCW Nursery.
My backyard flower bed, after I pulled out all the winter weeds and primed it with some "landscape mix" I got at RCW Nursery.

This past weekend, Corina and I hit RCW Nursery over at Beltway 8 and SH 249. We got my friend Ben a pink hibiscus for his housewarming party. But that was just the excuse we needed to do some Spring garden shopping. Corina helped me pick out two tomato plants (they were $1 each). One of the tomatoes is called “Top Gun” and the other is called a “Beef Maestro” (see below). We also picked out three strawberry plants, one of which is a “Sequoia” and the other two are “Quinaults.” I hope these take off. I also got three different type of mint for Kim (she’s been talking about growing some, but couldn’t find any around Rosenberg). I got her a peppermint, a ginger mint and a chocolate mint. They should compliment the herb garden she’s starting nicely.

Beef Maestro tomato plant
Beef Maestro tomato plant, bought at RCW Nursery at Beltway 8 and SH 249 for $1.

But more than anything else, I’m excited about the seeds that ParkSeed is sending me. The order shipped today! And it’s only a mere 10 days after I ordered them online, lured by a free shipping offer. I wish it stated “free, but awfully slow” shipping. The waiting is the hardest part. Anyways, a lot of seed is heading my way. I’ll detail it all and provide links in my next post.

A yellow hibiscus I bought for Kim to remind her of our Hawaiian vacation. Also pictured: The giant pile of seedling containers I'll be using once my seed order from ParkSeed arrives.
A yellow hibiscus I bought for Kim to remind her of our Hawaiian vacation. Also pictured: The giant pile of seedling containers I'll be using once my seed order from ParkSeed arrives.

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