Graduation Day

It’s the long weekend in May and time for my little green house sprouts to leave the safety of the nursery.  It is time to plant these babies out in the garden.


All week-long I have been getting them ready or “hardening them off”.  Each day I have increased their exposure outside the solarium; taking them for short outings to get use to the wind and direct light.  Last night I intentionally left them out overnight.  They have come through splendidly and proven ready to take the big step and go out into the world on their own.



The final graduation row call:

  • Geraniums – which I wintered over
  • Zinnias
  • Cosmos
  • Cleome
  • Morning glory
  • Dill
  • Sage
  • Assorted Hot Peppers

Tomato Plants:

  • Bonnie Best
  • Tegucigalpa
  • San Marsano
  • Rose de Berne
  • Ludmilla Red Plum
  • Chocolate Cherry
  • Ground Cherry (which really are not tomatoes)

Today I will also be sowing more seeds directly into the garden:

  • Beets
  • Carrots
  • Black eyed Susan
  • Bachelor Button
  • Marigold


In or out Molly.  Don't just stand in the door way.

In or out Molly. Don’t just stand in the door way.


About westlakemusings

In 2013 my husband and I retired. We bought an old pre-confederation house out in the country. This blog is about our new world in the country as we explore all of life's possibilities.
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18 Responses to Graduation Day

  1. Wonderful work! You are going to have a great garden. Ours is smaller and seeded, but we’ll enjoy some veggies and fruits.

  2. Deb Williams says:

    Good morning Diane
    Things are progressing slowly here. So nice to see the plants ready to go. Enjoy the planting process and the journey into “full bloom”. 🙂

  3. wildsherkin says:

    You are soooo organised! Doesn’t Molly Doll have a very wise look in her eye (and very long, delicate legs) 🙂

  4. I know how Molly feels! I just helped my son and his girlfriend plant our garden–am now a bit sore but happy with dirt under my nails because I never remember to wear gloves. You have a wonderful assortment — I am so impressed!

  5. Paul and Marilyn says:

    I’m so envious. You are amazing.

  6. Im curious about those chocolate cherry tomatoes – I’m going to have to look them up. I bought the tomato and pepper plants yesterday that we (my husband) will be planting this weekend. Yesterday he planted 25 lbs of seed potatoes, then leeks, onions and a bunch of seeds. Today and tomorrow he’ll finish the rest. It’s fun seeing it get into the ground.. Unfortunately, Im not bendy at all right now, so I won’t be helping with this phase of the garden this year. I was the planning phase, he’s development and I will come back in for the production part. 🙂

    • My neighbour gave me the seed package for the chocolate cherry tomatoes. I didn’t use all of the seeds so I gave the package to another neighbour. Sorry but I don’t remember who packaged them. They are reddy-brown in colour, hence the name.

  7. Beverley Ellis says:

    Hi Diane
    I have been following you for quite a while. Marilyn told me about your blog and I have enjoyed it very much. I lived in Wellington till 2007 , lived in Sarnia and just moved back to Wellington in May. Loved hearing about Marilyn’s eyelashes and yours look good too. Love reading your blog. Your garden looks great, but a lot of work. Take care and keep on blogging. Enjoy.

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