It’s been such a long time since I’ve updated the blog. I sincerely apologize. Isn’t it funny how time just ticks on without us even noticing sometimes? This winter seems like it has been especially cold. In fact, the day I was out taking photos was the first time in months that I was able to go out and look around the backyard. Imagine my delight when I was treated to the first anemone bloom of the season!
Instead of building a large hoop house this year, I opted for smaller tunnels. I’m still very much experimenting with growing ranunculus on a larger scale on the off chance that I’ll finally be able to afford a real “farm.” As you can see, my plants have very much been struggling. With temperatures seldom going above 20F, they have been locked away in their tunnels with very little light.
I’m also experimenting with plants grown outside of the hoop without any kind of protection. Above, you can see that the unprotected ranunculus are not growing well. I don’t think that they’re a complete loss yet – but definitely not looking good.
Above, are the sweet william dianthus. Dianthus are technically a biennial here in my zone. Despite their appearance, I’m really not too worried about them. These things are seriously tough. Last year’s plants looked exactly like this mid-winter, and every single one came back to produce armloads of blooms.