|I saw this view many times this winter|
I wouldn't want to take care of this house by myself on a permanent basis but the good news is I managed just fine for a couple months. A lengthy vacation home to BC helped too. I walked away from the constant storms and stepped off the plane to this.
I can't tell you how relieved I was to see my husband and green grass all at the same time. Vancouver is about two months ahead of PEI when it comes to spring.
I made good use of my time in Vancouver .... shopping, eating and..... looking at flowers... of course! A day was spent at Van Dusen Botanical Gardens. I stopped by various community gardens, shopped for seeds and plants and took copious amounts of photos. But that will be another post.
When I finally did come home the snow had almost completely disappeared. There was grass. It was brown but still ..... I could SEE the grass in my lawn for the first time in months... and there was work to be done.
I immediately set to work planting seeds. I was several weeks behind schedule due to my vacation so there was no time to lose.
|The dining table looked like this for a few weeks|
After the seeding I went directly to the great outdoors. I surveyed the damage. Lots of chewed and broken branches from heavy snows and voles. In retaliation I planted trees. Hemlock, larch, spruce, birch and ... a magnolia! While we were in Vancouver THIS caught my attention.
So very pretty, and yellow.
Jody took note and brought me home a Yellow Bird magnolia from a local nursery. Of course now I'm planning a whole new bed around this tree. More work to come!
After the trees came the vegetable garden. Currently I'm still working away on getting the beds ready but I did manage to get my spring veggies in. Claytonia, arugula, mustard, lettuce, garlic, spinach and kale don't mind some chilly temperatures and it means we'll have spring salads in no time at all.
|One half of this veggie plot is dug over but there's a lot more to do yet...|
|This flower bed may be my undoing ....|
|Look to the left and you can see sweet woodruff growing under and around the stump|
|A sample of the plants I have dug for the sale so far|
In short, I'm a busy bee these days. There's much more to catch up on and I hope to get back into blogging as much as I can throughout the summer. I have taken a semester off school and have until September to garden to my heart's content. Hope everyone is well and I will attempt to visit you at your blogs soon. Until then, happy gardening!