In the garden: Happy Leap Day!

Friends! Romans! Countrypeople! The leap day hath swept past us, and Super Tuesday is upon us! Oh happy day. I’ll be following election results on Twitter all day and you shall know me by my lamentations over the exit polls. But if you’d rather look at flowers than politics, hoo boy have I got you covered, because February was flower central around here thanks to a nice mix of rain and sun (seriously I had to mow the lawn twice and it already looks scraggly again, so, great, add that to the list of things I need to deal with this week).

As you may recall, I finally transplanted my strawberries like a grownup, and I am pleased to report that they are leafing out and thriving now that I’ve actually given them, like, fertiliser. (Free gardening tip: If your plants look sad, try fertilising! And/or watering, it turns out plants like that.)

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Strawberries are digging the new digs.

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When I transplanted them, I also threw out some marigold seeds, because they make good companion plants — they deter lots of insects. However, the seeds weren’t super recent or very high quality, so I wasn’t positive that they would germinate. After weeks, I was very certain they would not germinate and I was sad.

But then…

HEYO! LOOK AT THAT.

The magic of life!

Speaking of the magic of life, let’s have some bulbular action.

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Unfiltered daffodil.

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Finally blooming and they smell so nice.

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This anemone in particular is fascinating to watch, because you can actually see it following the sun over the course of the day. Walk out in the morning and it’s extended eagerly to the East. Hit it up in the afternoon and it’s shyly tilting towards the West. I know that plants do this, but I still feel like it’s completely miraculous.

Some of you may recall that this is one of the first things I planted when I moved in:

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Spring creep.

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It’s actually doing very well, though it would do better if I clipped it rather than letting it get leggy. (I’m sentimental about clipping plants, I know, it’s terrible.)

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The tortilla thief.

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Finally, here’s a bonus chicken!

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