Home of Stella's Gardens

We are now living full time in Northeast Iowa, and working on the new gardens. It will keep us busy for quite a while...

As an avid gardener since I was about 7 years old, that gives me over 45 years of experience gardening in this part of the world. And every year teaches me a bit more.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!

Holy Toledo! We have just have five record days of above average temps - not just wimpy ones but many degrees. Three days that broke 80. The local orchards are going bananas - buds are breaking and a hard freeze would be a disaster. Do we spray? The forecast calls for 60+ highs through the week. All I know is my daffies are blooming (and will prbly blast through their cycle in record time.) My grass is already greening - dammit. Our crabby apple down here, which is a very lovely sight in a normal year, dark pink buds that open to a fade-to-white, lovely indeed close up.
But this year will probably green up before blooming. Makes it a less spectacular show. But we shall see.


  1. Our crabapple is also getting ready to bloom! Not quite at the same point at yours, but close. I'm glad winter is over but I feel like spring is moving way too fast, that I may lose the chance to savor the spring flowers as they bloom in sequence. Especially because I have to travel so much for work this time of year.

    1. oh sorry to mislead, this was last year! but the buds are almost where the first pic is. after the rain this week they should just explode! i have been fighting an overwhelming urge to plant everything however....