There is just something about the tiny little blue flowers of Forget-Me-Nots that always makes me smile. It's like a little piece of the sky is sparkling down in the gardens...
Friday, April 27, 2018
I have a slight obsession with my fruit trees... I freely admit I talk to them & do daily inspects for aphids & ants.
The Lapin cherry is now showing some blooms... fingers crossed they are pollinated & we get to try a few fruit later in the season.
The crab apple is loving life & is absolutely loaded with blooms. I'm not sure if I will be thinning out the apples once they've set (like I do with the apple tree)... will have to do a bit of research & pondering as I really like the crab apples this tree gives us.
We are amazed at how many blooms are on the plum tree. Every day we check it out to make sure there are no ants (we've reapplied the sticky barrier around the trunk). I keep looking for bees - mason bees or bumble bees or any kind of bee - as I would really like to have these blooms pollinated & have some fruit set. We do have quite a few wasps & there are lots of other pollinating insects.
Such an exciting time of Spring!
Such an exciting time of Spring!
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Slowly each spring, the tulips are getting stronger. The gardens are slowly starting to fill in with plants, which are certainly enjoying some fresh soil this year & now some amazing warm sunshine!
The Canada 150 tulips all seem to be a bit 'tired' this year, but they are putting out some blooms. Hopefully a bit of bulb food & a little TLC will help them produce next year like they did their first year.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
It may seem so slow, but the seeds are starting to sprout & I'm sure with a few more days of warm sunshine & hopefully a bit of rain, they will really start to take shape & fill in the garden space.
|~ difficult to see, but there are onions sprouting center & to the right. The spinach is doing well, sending up new leaves - same as the cilantro in the front. ~|
~ I seeded arugula, mescluns & a few other greens. Looks like some are starting to sprout! But I have found Spook lounging in this garden space, so I'll have to sprinkle more cayenne pepper to discourage her nap time in the warm soil. ~
|~ the kale is still sweet & I'll throw in a few stalks with flowers when making salads. Should try cooking them too! ~|
|~ so happy to see the garlic doing so well. There are broad beans starting to come along inbetween & I'm looking forward to having them flower & give sweet smelling flowers to the pollinators. ~|
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
The fruit trees are just starting to show their potential this week...
|~ the crab apple is in a dreamy state with some flower buds just waiting to burst out. How I love crab apples! ~|
Monday, April 23, 2018
Then along comes a few of the herbs...wild weeds or planted monsters on purpose... doesn't matter much to me in my garden, I love them all!!
|~ very excited to see new cane growth on the marionberries - not quite a blackberry, nor a raspberry, nor a loganberry... but something inbetween all seasons of harvest & flavour. Desserts this year will not be the same!! ~|
Sunday, April 22, 2018
My journey around the gardens continues...
|~ the front gardens are starting to pop too. The daffodils are finished & the hyacinths are nearing the end. This is my good luck 'witch's stone' along with sedums in the front with rosemary in the back. ~|
|~ I adore just plain red tulips...from the inside out...~|
|~ I'm still waiting to fall in love with all the hyacinths that keep popping up in the gardens & they do fill in the spaces until some of the later spring plants fill out, like the 'basket of gold' alyssum in the background. ~|
|~ just a hit of red that catches your eye ~|