Gardening was out of the question this morning, as it was rainy, windy, and cold. The clouds cleared and the temperature rose by late afternoon. Attila arrived home a bit early; he took the opportunity to fertilize the lawns and gardens, and to cut the grass. The last few years have been very dry and the gardens struggled through. This spring is cool and wet. The plants are lush and new growth is thriving.
In full bloom at the moment are the columbine, the sweet woodruff, the William & Mary, the lily of the valley and the spirea.
My nasturtium seeds have sprouted in the front garden. Tiny calendulas are popping up all around them. The morning glory seeds I planted three weeks ago are now three inches tall. I plant them every year around the front porch and in the flower boxes along the fence in the back patio. They always thrive around the front the porch but languish in the flower boxes. This year they are doing well in both locations.
Soon the comfrey will bloom, as will the sage, the coral-bells, and the peonies.
We have been making plans for planting our tomatoes, hot peppers, and basil. We purchased our bedding plants from our friendly local organic farmer. They will arrive sometime in the next few days. The weekend weather will be perfect for planting, intermittent sun and mild temperatures.
Our garden shed is a charming old building at the back of the yard. It is constructed of cheap particleboard stained dark green and has pine doors. This spring we noticed the roof is sagging around the skylight. The squirrels visited the interior over the winter and chewed my old garden gloves to bits. Under the sagging wooden plank floor lives a ground hog and family. We will have to do some repairs soon and have discussed building a new shed. I think that soon I will become obsessed with the in and outs of woodworking.
"The Teenager" has gone camping with friends for the long weekend. Her girlfriend's family has a cottage a few hours from here. There will be plenty of parental guidance, although I do worry a bit. I think she will have a wonderful time. She called from her cellphone after she got her tent setup and daylight was starting to fail. She sounded very excited and happy.
Attila and I will have a quiet weekend together. Perhaps we will sit in the gardens and enjoy the fine weather.
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