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Winters’ Cheery Cottage Garden Blooms

What I love about livng the the Southwest is the mild winters and all year long flowers. Though we do have a week or two of below freezing temperatures it doesn’t last too long, and there is always something blooming.  In my little garden shed where I keep the tender plants it is a delight to sit and admire the blooms and suck in the sweet fragrance of stock, petunias and lemon blooms.  Ahhit beckons an early spring..
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Little sprigs of geraniums I pinched off a mother plant and started. They are blooming nicely by the window.

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The paper whites I planted a couple of months ago are finally blooming and the smell is so nice, it hits you as you first open the door.  The white stock loves the cooler weather, and I think they prefer being potted as opposed to being in the ground.

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Snapdragons add the spot of color needed for the winter plants in the Garden shed. My 10 green pepper plants I dug out of the vegetable garden and potted for the Garden Shed are doing quite nicely and even bearing fruit.

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I start favorite roses with cuttings in the late fall and simply insert into any pot that has available room and insert a glass jar over it and just wait a few months then repot into another container or directly into the garden. It is so simple and easy to do.


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The little lemon tree loves the moist heat of the Garden Shed.  I had a little rose cutting left over from another cutting so I inserted into a cup and put a little glass bell cloche over it. It is growing very well in its mini hot house. These little glass cloches I found at the Good Will and Thrift stores for a dollar. So worth picking up some, as they come in handy for a lot of projects.

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The bout of cold weather did not seem to bother the lime tree and petunia, it is still blooming along with a few stock I planted in the garden.


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Some of my favorite roses are the David Austin English roses, they just don’t know when to stop blooming. Now that the weather has turned for the better the hanging baskets came back out to perform.

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