Hooray, sun! An afternoon for much needed gardening.
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.