Damn Wind…big sigh

After being in the 70’s for a few days we are heading back into the typical Northern Nevada Spring…






I hate the wind. And I’m not too keen on that 28F morning temp coming up as the Pear tree is starting to blossom out! Wind and Cold Temps…not good for pear blossoms!

I think the lilacs have a better chance of surviving.

Columbine can weather most anything…

So do the Tulips ~

I have to get going…the bird feeder outside my work window is empty and the finches are staring me down.

Part of the Garden is in ~ cool crops 2012

Over the weekend I turned over half of my garden, that sits behind the garage, with manure and blood meal. I’ve been itching to play in the dirt for a while now. 🙂 Here in Northern Nevada we have “unsettled weather” through the end of May…so it’s only safe to plant the cool weather crops right now.

Part of the seeds!

I planted Sugar Snap peas on one side of a trellis and will plant some more this weekend on the other side. In front of the peas I planted some Easter egg radishes and Scarlet Nantes carrots.

Sugar Snap Peas, Scarlet Nantes Carrots and Easter Egg Radishes.

The left side of the garden I planted Heirloom beets, yellow onions, radishes, and two types of garlic ~ Early Italian purple artichoke and Silverskin Italian Late.

Heirloom beets, radishes, yellow onions and two type of garlic.

In two barrels that the previous owners left behind I planted red onions and Island Sunshine potatoes.

Red Onions in a barrel.

The middle part of the garden will house peppers, pole beans, dill and cucumbers, and eggplant (I’m an adult…I should give eggplant another try! LOL!). I’m going to plant the squash and pumpkins on the side of the house. I have a pallet that will be an herb garden.

I’ll probably get a barrel from Lowes (they have some from Jack Daniels)…between that and other containers that would take care of the tomatoes.


A lot of the trees in my neighborhood have been blossoming…and then the winds blew them all away! Luckily our pear tree hasn’t come out yet…but it will soon! 🙂

Soon to be Pear Blossoms!


While watering the front yard I spied something that I totally forgot I planted! Peonies from my Grandma’s yard in Nebraska (dug up before she died).

Grandma's Peonies.

Also some tulips that one of my faculty gave me from work.


Wow! It’s May Day ~ Where have the days gone?!

It’s been pretty busy here at work this week (and every week since my coworker moved to a different department and left me to run the office on my own!)…

I wanted so much to call in sick and just lay in bed, wrapped up in my quilts, listening to the rain. But here I am…the ever reliable Michelle…patooey.

No big plans for the weekend…there are a couple of auctions, a book sale put on by the Friends of the Library (5205 Mill St. Reno, NV), yard work (still pulling up part of the front side lawn to put in another garden!), quilting…and I’m going to bake some goodies for the next-door department for helping out so much since I’ve been on my own.

The garden is growing nicely…at least what I’ve planted so far. Broccoli, Cabbage, Brussels Sprouts, White Radishes, Radishes, Carrots, Red & Yellow Onions, Garlic, and Heriloom Beets. I’m still wondering if the Horseradish will be making it’s appearance soon. May 16th is the UNCE Master Gardener Plant Sale! Woo HOO!

Some pictures of a few flowers out in the front yard this morning.


My BEAUTIFUL Sensation Lilac is Blooming! Lookie at the varigated flowers…white and purple.