Warning: Picture heavy post. Technically my garden is outside, but I'm beginning my wander with some indoor photos. Tomato plants enjoying the light by the patio door. They are growing so well. I think I might risk putting them into the greenhouse this week. I'm a little cautious that way.
I've been saving egg shells. It's been a little tricky opening the eggs without cracking them right in half. Tapping the narrow end to crack, then gently prying away pieces with my fingers has been messy, but I've wanted to have as large an egg shell remaining for starting seeds. On my windowsill the basil popped out yesterday. Are they not so very cute? Bachelor's buttons are stretching upwards, but the butternut squash seeds are still asleep.
If you try this: Be sure to rinse out the egg shells well. It's easiest to do this just after emptying the shell. A faint odor that had me sniffing under the sink, the dishcloth, and the garbage container was finally traced to my starter shells. Once filled with dirt and water - well, just a warning! I have another tray to start and those shells have been rinsed and washed and rinsed again.
Now we head outside, through the garage door onto the patio, past the barbecue shelter and herb garden. Peony buds are promising lots of beauty in the days to come. I'm in no hurry. There's a plethora of enjoyment in the garden these days.
Tiny cherries forming. Netting will be on our shopping list soon.
It won't be long before we'll be eating these - like in a day or two. Another raised bed holds garlic, planted last fall, now growing tall and green. I've made a rhubarb pie and a rhubarb crumble from fresh stalks. Three slender asparagus stalks were grilled briefly over the weekend and added to our dinner plates.
Blueberry bushes in the foreground, a pyramid of strawberry plants in the background, and to the right, the bean towers still taking their winter rest.
This is what makes me think the greenhouse is warm enough for tomatoes - a volunteer cucumber plant already getting its second/third leaves. And the plastic hasn't even been lowered.
Growing along the fence, over the compost bins. Our neighbour's neighbourly grapevine.
Rounding the last corner now, apricots are forming. In our climate the apricots need full rain cover. So....
Here's a photo of the south-facing wall, built above a natural stone wall in our lower yard. The cloth covers our Meyer Lemon tree. You can see a few lemons peeking out at the bottom. We'll take the cloth off next month. To the right of the lemon tree is the apricot tree. In the foreground, not under cover, is our raspberry bed, flourishing green and lush.
Now we'll head back up the slope along the patio. A stop to sniff the lilacs and take another lilac photo.
And finally, the chives, in bloom. This particular clump is not in the allotted herb garden, but really, who cares?
I fairly danced with excitement after this walk through my yard. It's a regular suburban back yard, but it's filled with promise just now. Am I this excited every spring? I can't remember. I'll just enjoy it.
What's new in your garden?