I think this year is the first that Attila has had the opportunity to create a full-blown vegetable garden. We have had gardens here at Mist Cottage ever since it was purchased in 2010, but renovations came first, and the five hour one-way commute slowed down any long term gardening interests, or even keeping up with watering and weeding in the short term. But this spring, there are no big renovation projects underway, and we are here almost all the time, so watering and weeding are easy to keep up with. And last night, Attila finished planting the very last of his seedlings, started earlier in the spring, they were waiting patiently in the cold frame.
Already I’ve had two meals made from ingredients from the garden. Both were sauteed spinach with garlic scapes, and oh my it was good. I’ve been eating bits of produce as well, every day. Usually there is one ripe strawberry on the hanging basket, or a sweet pea, or a leaf of spinach. Over the weekend we also harvested about a cup of wild strawberries from the front “lawn”, and I made a batch of muffins with them. Wild strawberries have an intense and exquisite flavour, the best strawberry in the world in my view. But very labour intensive to harvest, they are the size of small peas.
We have flowers! The cosmos is blooming, as are the Dianthus and Peonies. Attila brings cut Peonies in for me every so often. They make the house smell wonderful. I am careful to capture the ants though, that come in with them.
Wildflowers are in full bloom, the Hawkweed and the White Clover, and even a few dawdling Dandelions. The Wild Geranium blooms are spent though, but even their seed pods are pretty, so they continue to grace the garden. The Wild Geranium were particularly popular with the smaller bees in the garden, the blooms saw constant activity.
Our Scarlet Runner bean plants were attacked, and almost destroyed by Bean Leaf Beetles. When we first discovered the problem, many of the leaves were already past hope. On Sunday we killed over 30 beetles, and we did not get them all. Since then we have been killing any we find, and we check several times a day. I knew that Neem oil would control them, but it is not readily available for sale here, or if I an find it it costs a small fortune. So I decided to give Tea Tree Oil a try. I filled a liter spray bottle with water, a tablespoon of dish soap (not detergent), and 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil. So far no new damage out there, but it could be that we knocked back the population by hand, rather than the spray being effective. Only time will tell.
Attila even planted a tomato out at the Camp, and it seems to be doing quite well, probably because we have received adequate rain, at adequate intervals all spring.
Life is quiet, enjoyable, peaceful, uneventful, busy…
I had a routine doctor’s appointment earlier in the week. When I checked in at the reception desk to let them know I was there, I was told my appointment had been cancelled. Well, nobody told me! Apparently they should have called me to reschedule, but this had not happened. I wasn’t happy about it. So we rescheduled for a another day, problem solved. I sure hope that doesn’t happen again!
We have had the windows open every day throughout most of the spring, but summer is arriving today, so the windows will be closing. It is 18C as I write, lovely temperature, but severe thunderstorms are in the forecast and then the temperature will be 28C and humid. And so it begins.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH
Date: 10:00 AM EDT Wednesday 26 June 2019
Condition: Partly Cloudy, Lightning
Pressure: 101.5 kPa
Dew point: 17.7°C
Wind: S 14 km/h
Visibility: 24 km
“The easiest kind of relationship for me is with ten thousand people. The hardest is with one.”
I guess I am doing things the one-on-one hard way! Most of us are, I suspect, when it comes to relationships.