Spring

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Roger Williams Park

Today we headed out to Roger Williams Park (which I never visited when I actually lived in Providence) and hit up their Botanical Center. I talked to one of the URI Master Gardners for a minute or two and she said they have been working hard to clean things up and take better care of it. The master gardners also made a bunch of ferry houses that were spread out around the garden. If I still lived in the area I think I’d have to go frequently and bring some knitting or spinning and sit around the plants while I worked.

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The biggest greenhouse is quite tall, there were several others off to the right.

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The big greenhouse is filled with lots of tall palms.

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We enjoyed the pattern on the cut steam.

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Pitcher plant flower

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Ponderosa Lemon?

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Giant thorns!

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The outside gardens were mostly asleep, but some trees are starting to wake up.

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Artichoke!

At least all my artichoke growing effort has yielded something. I hope the other plants will decide to join in.

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They seem to have a bit of a pest problem, but the plants don’t seem to mind too much.

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And I have some assistance in the matter.

My luffas are growing like weeds, but still only have two fruits on them.

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They’re still attracting pollinators like crazy.

Gords

I think I want to plant some gords along the fence line and let them climb up the fence skeleton. I’m not sure how the tree stumps will interfere with this. Only one way to find out! I’m not sure if I’m going to have them grow straight up or I will make more of an A fram trellis and have them start somewhere between the fence and the driveway. THe later would give them more protection from the vicious weed eaters.

Pop-up Greenhouse!

I managed to talk my mom into getting a little temporary greenhouse for seed starting and season extending.  I’m so excited and this warm weather is tempting me to start stuff NOW!  Seeds are cheap so maybe I will start some now and some at the normal time.

Right now I have some artichokes started. I’ve been following these directions from the CT agriculture experiment station.

I’ve also got some garlic going strong. I should weed that once the bed dries out a little more.

And my might seed collection waiting for summer.