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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019


This post is a lot lighter and shorter than my last post... I know I was stirring a hornet's nest but I went ahead with it anyway. Thanks to all those who have been brave enough to comment. I know it wasn't easy for most of you who commented... It was much appreciated. It stirred a lot of interest because I got 180 views and the number will keep going up...

I took a photo of the moon last night with my zoom lens from an upstairs window but still, it doesn't show the face in the moon. It was very light outdoors with the brightness of the moon and all that snow but bitterly cold.

These are Orange Maverick Geranium seedlings planted on February 13

Today is sunny and still a bit cold but I wanted to show you my little Geranium seedlings. One sprouted on Feb. 15th, then one day apart the other three sprouted which was amazingly fast. It said to soak the seeds for 24 hours before planting but I didn't do that. I planted them in these little peat planters and placed the plate on the heat mat and covered them with a glass dish.
I planted another 10 Red Maverick Geranium seeds on Monday and none of those has sprouted yet.

I have these under glass in the sunroom and they are sheltered from direct sun with two small potting soil bags so they don't overheat in the sun.

This is the first time I'm using these tiny pressed peat pellets. Before planting, I soak them in warm water and they swell up before planting the seeds in.

I have other seeds to plant but it's still a bit early for home planting unless I had a hothouse.

I hope your day is going well. Thanks for your comments, they are much appreciated.
Hugs, Julia


  1. Those seeds sprouted mighty fast! My mom liked to start plants from seeds. My dad always had cold frames made from old windows to start his vegetables. I plant so little that I just buy the plants. I have mostly perennials and fill in a bit with annuals.
    Gorgeous moon. I missed it :(

  2. I have never had much luck with seeds not sure why but I am always amazed at your plants from seed.
    The moon was amazing husband and I took a walk in the very cold dark to enjoy it.

  3. It's fun to see signs of new life in this dreary winter!! Before you know it, they'll be blooming brightly!

  4. I love your seed-loving ways:)
    Keep growing:)

  5. I've never started anything from seeds indoors. It would be fun to have a greenhouse and see what I could grow! We had a crazy winter storm this morning but now it's raining and getting warmer. I couldn't get a shot of the moon since it was so cloudy last night. Have a good rest of the week.

  6. Hi Julia,
    I am starting to plan my garden this week. I will order seeds that I need. I will start some seeds the first full week of March. I am getting excited!

  7. Hi, Julia! Great to start seeds in the midst of winter weather! I didn't catch your last post, so I've no opinion there.:-) We're having rain, rain, and more rain here, and no chance of seeing that moon last night, nor tonight either. Rain is predicted to be with us through Saturday! Take care! xo Nellie

  8. I planted seeds on Monday in a tray. No action yet, but I’m hoping to see some popping up this coming week.
    We’re excited.

  9. I love your seedlings! How nice they are growing. It just takes over that longing for green doesn't it.
    I am so glad spring is around the corner, but the Old Farmers Almanac has us with pretty much the same cold and rain for all of March. Have a lovely day.

  10. You have been busy. I'm looking forward to seeing the seedling grow up.

  11. You are going to have some very lovely flowers in the spring. I have never started seeds inside.I will plant some in the ground when it is time and the weather is right. I want to plant flowers around PoohGirls grave and some in other places that the bees and butterflies will like. I will be anxiously awaiting to see all the beauty around your place in the spring sweet Julia. Hugs

  12. That moon was beautiful! It was so bright, almost like staring at the sun! Looking forward to Spring here too! I'm still in the thinking stage of gardening tho...;-)

  13. hope, your seeds keep growing...
    have a great day

  14. I've tried using those seed starters but haven't had any luck. The little plants died after they sprout. I must be doing something wrong. Do I take them out of wrap to plant them in bigger pots? I've planting the whole thing. I've been trying to get hollyhocks started.

    1. This is my first time using those tiny peat mesh pods. They can dry up quickly because the humidity is very low in our house this winter. Some sprouted very quickly but some have not sprouted yet. I hope they make it before they dry up.

  15. Ah, the wonder and delight of new life!!! Well done for your looking after the seedlings so well! I can't wait to see them grow!x