So I thought I would post an update on how the season is progressing around these parts. One word: Cold. I'll add two more words to that: Windy and rainy.
Some plants, however, are loving the cool weather including the hellebore I purchased at Canada Blooms. I can't believe that it's been blooming for almost 2 full months now!
The blooms start off deep pink, then lighten as they mature - so gorgeous!
The past couple of days have been lovely - the perfect gardening weather. And I've tried to take advantage of it, but I'll be honest. I haven't been motivated lately as I've been perpetually tired for the past few weeks. There's nothing going on, really, it's simply a matter of not getting enough sleep. Why? Because the kids are going to bed late every night (one of the "ugh" factors of having teenagers, I guess) and I need at least a couple of hours of unwinding afterwards.
One of the only shows that we actually watch as each episode is aired.
There are just too many spoilers to wait until the end of the season
Photo Credit: Wikipedia
And that's my tale of woe & why I haven't been raring to go lately.
Now, let's switch gears to what I HAVE done. All of the beds were "composted" in April (that's my way of saying that I added compost to them 😁) and all they need now is individual amendments depending on which crop they will hold. The lettuce, onions, kale and broccoli were finally transplanted late last week:
It always amazes me that these tiny, wispy onion seedlings
will turn into globes of goodness by August
|Merveille des Quatre Saisons Lettuce|
Red Russian Kale
In April, I had also sown a few squares of spring crops that are now coming up. These include radishes, beets, turnips, claytonia, arugula and mache.
Baby turnips finally making an appearance
The driveway is a busy place these days
There has also been...drum roll please...a harvest!
First asparagus of the season!
Also on the harvest front - or I should say "possible" harvest front - are the haskaps. I have two varieties (for cross-pollination) and this is the first year when BOTH of them have bloomed. The bushes are still rather tiny, but perhaps I'll actually taste a berry or two??
Fingers crossed we get some pollination action on the haskaps this year.
Shopping trip number one. Total haul: 26 plants.
|My cart overfloweth…|
My car overfloweth….
This weekend looks like it will be quite nice, weather wise. And I'll be missing it altogether. In early April, we made plans to spend the Victoria Day weekend with my brother-in-law and his family. At that point, the garden was still sleeping and I optimistically thought "it's only a couple of days". Well, as it turns out, that's quite a lot of time when good gardening days have been few and far between. I should have known better. BUT I know we'll have a great time so I'm going to put the garden out of my mind and not think of what I'll not be doing and simply enjoy the moment.
Next week the plan is two-fold: (1) Start unwinding earlier by getting the kids settled in at a reasonable hour and (2) temporarily switch to full caffeine (but just for next week!). I'm hoping that more sleep and a bit more of a charge in the morning will make for a big dent in my "to do" list.