Spring garden rush has begun.
The evenings are still just a couple degrees above 0C, but daytime temps are now between 10-20C and very sunny, so it’s definitely spring. Everything is budding, flowers are starting to appear and butterflies are everywhere. I’ve started cleaning up the garden and grounds best as I can, though I’m sure it will take at least a few years before everything is under control. So far, I’ve cleaned up the dead matter from the perennial beds around the house, pruned two raspberry hedges and a grapevine. Definitely have the beginnings of a huge new compost heap in the corner of our lot as a result. Most of the seedlings I started (as well as a good portion of my houseplants) have been moved to the greenhouse and we broke ground today on a new raised bed.
Small narcissi (pretty sure they’re Tête à têtes) alongside our driveway.
Larger narcissi alongside our driveway. There are also white ones.
Not sure what variety these big ones are other than some sort of trumpet. We’ll see next week.
Another view of the daffodil bank.
Siberian squill circling one of our fruit trees.
Snowdrops ringing another small tree trunk.
My greenhouse! It will need a bit of patching up and repainting in the next few years, but it is made of window glass, so it’s pretty sturdy.
The buds on the grapevine in the greenhouse are about ready to break any day now.
Tommi’s grandmother gave me this clivia our first year here. Finally, it has a chance of flowering again.
Some of my cucurbit seedlings.
More baby squash in the greenhouse. They look so happy!
More seedlings. I always plant double since they are prone to dying when transplanted.
Pumpkins moved to the greenhouse.
First leaf on my baby pumpkin 🙂
Baby squash at my kitchen window prior to the move.
I bought a new pink peony but still haven’t decided where to plant it.
I seeded this lavender last spring and it hung on to dear life all winter. Now it’s starting to perk up.
Currant and gooseberry bushes all in a row, starting to break bud.
More currant bush buds. We’re going to have a LOT of fruit.
There is a little pond with a bank of iris and daylily along the sides. Need to clean it up still.
Pepe, the neighbor’s cat. He hasn’t quite grasped that his family moved next door.
…so he still keeps coming to our door instead and following us around.
He’s a sweet little guy, though, and will hopefully be taking care of any rodents for us.
The left side of the raspberry thicket. Pruned down to the just the one year canes after a day’s work.
Right side of the raspberry thicket. LOVE raspberries, so am happy there are so many.
A horsetail shoot — these have been popping up amongst the right raspberries.
Rhubarb, starting to grow leaves. Last week, they looked like bright red dinosaur eggs.
Two days later and you can see how much they’ve grown. Soon, they will be in a pie!
Our covered strawberry patch, in need of a bit of TLC. Plants are starting to leaf out so need to fix soon.