Hooray, sun! An afternoon for much needed gardening.

April 11, 2017

Oh hello sun!
I remember you.
One of the very few times I saw you lately was St Patrick’s day.

Yup, March 17th. That’s the day I start my annual sweet peas and garden peas.

Actually, I usually soak the pea seeds a few days earlier so I can plant them on St Patrick’s day.
So I got out my vintage clay pots and bought some seedling soil and started all my seeds, in the sunshine, in the garage/studio/potting shed.

Started: peas, squash, lettuce, beets, baby’s breath, straw flower, shade garden mix, pollinators, and snapdragons.
The radishes went straight into the cold garden soil.

And then it rained and rained and rained.
And my little seeds began to sprout.

While I felt like Milo.
Who wants to go out in the rain? Not us.
But I kept thinking that I’ve got to get out there because in a few short weeks the garden will be on public display for the Art in the Garden show! Yikes!

Suddenly today, SUN!
So I got my morning appointments out of the way and hit the garden for three hours.
I put away our little girl’s toys and got my seedlings out of the garage and out of the cold frame.

Morgan was the usual help.

I planted out the peas and beets, and also some previously bought Swiss chard, kale, and lettuce seedlings.

Then I did a bit of weeding and planted two new climbing roses.

Then, the really big chore. I felt like I wanted to thin the ornamental plum to let more sunlight into the garden. It shoots up suckers like no other tree I know.

There. Now all I have to do is tie these branches together and put them into the green recycling bin to be picked up on Monday.

Unfortunately tomorrow it’s back to rain. But for today at least I got my vitamin D and feel good sunshine and a start on the garden.

Oh, and one last thing I did on this sunny day is brought in armloads of my camellia; the most beautiful camellia in the world.
The blossoms only last a day or two and fall off, but how glorious while it lasts.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Catherine Llewellyn April 11, 2017 at 11:02 pm

    Utterly delightful and magical – how I envy you your capability in the garden – love to you X

  • Reply Kathleen April 12, 2017 at 12:44 pm

    oh—i am green with envy.
    we are still under mounds of snow and ice…..and i am longing for a good dose of vitamin, and the bittersweet aches that accompany those first few days back at the gardening!
    loved your post–gave me hope that , too, will soon get back at one of my most favorite things!
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  • Reply Susan April 12, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Isn’t gardening the best. So rewarding to see the rebirth that Spring brings. Your garden is beautiful. Early flowering plants are always such a welcome sight. Plus, no doubt about it,. everything is better in the sunshine. Enjoy.

  • Reply Hildie April 12, 2017 at 5:21 pm

    That beautiful red vase…..Czech glass?

    • Reply Veronica April 22, 2017 at 6:10 am

      Yes Hildie, I brought it back from Prague about 20 years ago. It’s one of my favourite vases ever.

  • Reply Daryl April 20, 2017 at 5:13 am

    it feels as if you just finished the ‘art shed’ reno … now its time for the garden tour … you never stop, i am always amazed and impressed … personally i could use a nap

    • Reply Veronica April 22, 2017 at 6:01 am

      Me too!!! LOL. The fact is that Robert is always telling me that I don’t take enough rest, and he’s right.

  • Reply Julie@frogpondfarm April 22, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Our camellia is just starting to flower now .. love your photos V. How lovely to get out in the garden and get some planting done. That’s exactly what I’m going to be going today πŸ™‚ Hugs

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