Here is what the January Surprise found in the garage now looks like. And the bonus surprise is the fragrance! I probably wouldn't have noticed it outside, but standing next to it in the garage, its fragrance really had me dreaming of spring. It's a Corydalis 'Blackberry Wine' that came to me as gift on May Day 2006. It lived on my front porch until I thought it was a goner in December and moved the pot to the garage. For now, it sits by a window in my garage, but in a few months, I think it will find a permanent home in a shady flower bed by the patio so it can really do its thing.
No peas sprouting in the garden from last week's sowing so I decided to get a few cool weather crops underway inside. Lettuce, spinach and snow peas, plus flowering sweet peas. I really hope the sweet peas will grow well here. We've had a few days of some odd & warm weather (more Pineapple Express from HI, I've learned), but the garden soil just seems so cold and wet for encouraging little seedlings. I can watch them grow inside for awhile, protect them from slugs and then get them cozy outdoors later.
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