Springtime means: space!

Temperatures are very springlike in St. Louis this week: between 60ºF (15ºC) and 70ºF (21ºC) every day with lows that don't go below 50ºF (10ºC). That means it's time to start moving things out of the garage and basement!


I start with the garage, as that's where the plants are most in the way. With my workshop in the garage, any floorspace that a plant uses is space that I want back as soon as possible!

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So I dragged all of those nearest to the door outside. The ribbon bush looks pretty amazing considering that it got watered once at most since early December:


Plus it was getting feeble fluorescent lighting. I may need to prune it back a bit, but so far I'm so happy with how it's done!

A little bit of insect activity...


...but it looks so fluffy and pretty!

The Russelia equisetiformis is supposed to readily overwinter in dry dormancy:


We'll see, as this looks completely dead.

Pennisetum 'Vertigo' only got water once too, but the soil was quite moist when it was put away:


Clearly this is an easy one to overwinter, since last year it survived being in an open bag in the garage all winter.

So nice to see these outdoors again!


Even nicer to get the shop space back...


...so I can actually access some of those materials in racks on the wall!

The most exciting thing though:


Being able to work with the doors open!


Even though it reminds me that there are so many projects awaiting out there...

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Maywyn Studio  – (March 8, 2016 at 10:43 AM)  

Yay for the Outdoors!
This year, I think the mild winter has kick started thoughts of spring planting.

Denise  – (March 8, 2016 at 2:24 PM)  

Looks like the workshop and the garden are both ready for action!

Alan  – (March 8, 2016 at 6:17 PM)  

I just heard a segment on St. Louis Public Radio where Chip Tynan from Mo Botanical Garden said by at least one measurement method we're about a month ahead of the calendar due to our mild winter. As long as there's no late freeze that's awesome!

outlawgardener  – (March 9, 2016 at 9:33 AM)  

Your warm temperatures sound divine! Hooray for moving your plants out and having access to your workshop space. Do I see building a greenhouse in your future? Here March has come in like a lion and we've been having lows in the 40's; highs in the low 50's with wind and rain. Still too chilly to bring most things out of the greenhouse.

Hoover Boo  – (March 9, 2016 at 9:02 PM)  

Your dedication to those tender plants is inspiring. It takes energy! I hope your Russelia survives--they are great plants.

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