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veggarden.jpg Christy has gone off to a conference with Mr. ReddHedd so I have agreed to pinch hit some of her posts (as have others, for example look for Phoenix Woman to be host the Sunday Morning Talking Heads thread).

Long Island had a very late spring this year, the late winter flowers like snow drops and aconite have only just finished blooming. This truncated blooming season has caused varieties that normally bloom in succession, to all come out at once in way normally only seen in the illustrations in gardening cataloges.

Last fall, because I was hurt from being hit by a car and couldn't do any digging, ex-Mr. Prop decided to be a hero and gave me a really good dose of cheer me up by hiring some gardening help and putting in 500 new tulip and daffodil bulbs. They are all up right now and the show they are putting on is spectacular.

A couple weeks ago my ortho guy gave me the all clear for a little "light" gardening so I immediately rushed out and bought (and planted) about a thousand annuals. Yes, that did require several trips to the physical therapist to fix the kinks in my back, but it was worth it.

The annuals are just starting to expand now and will have fluffed out by the time the spring bulbs end. I am still procrastinating with indecision over what to put in my raised beds.  I have four 3X6 rectangular beds that get new content each years surrounded by 4 "L" shaped beds that hold herbs and the most fabulous raspberry canes (shiny not fuzzy berries and so delicious they almost never make it into the house. We just eat them right off the plant)

I have replaced herbs that did not make it through the winter and have put in a 3 varieties of beans in one of the beds, but still have three 3 ft. by 6 ft. raised beds with nothing but weeds in 'em.

No inspiriration on what to plant. Do I want cutting beds of flowers? Do I want veggies? Do I want flowers not for cutting but for viewing in situ? If I don't get off my behind and get something in these beds soon, it's gonna be too late.

So, what's going on in your gardens this spring?  What are you planting or planning to plant? Got anything new planned for this year?

Do you have any advice for mine?

(And yes, this being Long Island of course I will have tomato plants. I actually put them in my flower beds which get hotter sun, which makes for better flavor).

Update: Bob Geiger emailed the Saturday Cartoons. http://bobgeiger.blogspot.com/2007/05/saturday-cartoons_12.html
It's a large batch today and there are a couple doozies.

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