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This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Early Girls...No Kidding!

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

It's gorgeous out today but I'm home sick.  Doesn't seem right, does it?  Once again, I'm dealing with a cellulitis infection on my left and a slight fever.  I'd really rather be out in the garden but I'm too tired and achy to get out of the house.  This will be a second test of whether tea tree oil is a good alternative to antibiotic treatment for the infection.  It worked the first time, so I have high hopes.

But enough about me.  Check out what I found in the garden last night!

Those are tiny little Early Girl tomatoes hiding on the inside of the plant.  Aren't they adorable?  I guess these are aptly named since it is WAY early for tomatoes.

Over the weekend, we ended up at Lowe's and I found a stellar clearance deal on some rose bushes.  I've got a soft spot for roses and just can't resist them, so I couldn't pass these up for $1.00 each even if they look a little rag tag.  I'm hoping that I can nurse them back to health.  There are a couple of different varieties here - mostly red, but there's one red and white one.  Now I just have to figure out where to put them.  Am I the only one that buys plants without a plan?  :-)

Just $6 for all these rose bushes!
And I have one last picture for you.  This one is actually for fellow blogger Mary Ann over at Calamity Acres.  She commented on my earlier post that she loved my Climbing Blaze Rose.  So here's a picture of another one that we had planned on training up a trellis on our front porch.  This thing was a huge maneater and grew faster than we could get the trellis up (we were doing other renos at the time).  It quickly grew over the sidewalk and, after "biting" J. a couple of times when he was mowing the lawn, we had to pull it out.  I actually cried when we did it.  :-(

Prolific bloomer Climbing Blaze rose looked like this all summer!

As I write this, I'm listening to the weather and they're talking about calculating a heat index tomorrow, so I guess it's going to get steamy and hot here.  Oh, joy! I hope it moderates by the weekend, because I'm going to be blogging from the Baker Seeds Spring Planting Festival about 2 hours from here.

What's going on in your neck of the woods?

This post is linked up to the Country Garden Showcase, It's Blooming Tuesday, Garden Tuesday,  Tuesday Garden Party and Sunday Best hops.  Clicky to find out what other folks are up to!


  1. No, you're not the only one who buys plants without a plan. Guilty here as well. I couldn't have passed up that deal, no way.

    Here it is raining. Bleh. Talk about feeling unmotivated. I just want to crawl back in bed. Hopefully it'll clear up.

    Have a great day!

  2. lol - guilty too! your lucky to have some sunshine to look forward to (raining here) yesterday i got out in the rain anyway and did some gardening ~ the weeds come out much easier when it's wet! xoox, tracie

    1. Way to find the positive in the rain, Tracie! Gardening in the rain can be particularly refreshing when it's been a hot summer day, right? Thanks for stopping by!

  3. The weather has been unusual this year but wow tomatoes already.

  4. I saw superman in the jungle this morning, while huffing and puffing, along my hike.

    The weather, I think, should be warmer than yours, here in Malaysia.

  5. Always exciting to see the tomatoes starting to grow:@)

  6. I hope tea tree oil does the trick for your infection. Isn't it great when alternatives to traditional medicines actually work?

    Your early girl is so enticing. There's nothing quite like the smell of garden grown tomatoes.

  7. I would have SO bought those roses too! I have no room for them, but I would find some!

    Thanks for sharing at YSB this week. xoxo

  8. Oh, those roses are divine. I keep buying plants and then tell my husband that I am sure we will find some room, somewhere. Envy those tomatoes!

  9. How exciting to see those tomatoes! The flowers are so pretty. Hope you are feeling better soon.


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