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Bud burst in the garden



Cold, windy, wild and wet with the odd burst of sunshine, today was exactly the type of day I love.  Brisk I think you would call it.

For me it's such a pleasant day to be out in the garden, of which there are no lack of chores to be done at this time of year.  It's Spring so everything is growing. The weeds are growing, garlic is growing along with mustard greens, cabbages and fat asparagus spears push through the soil.  Plenty of nettles too.  There are flowers like borage, apple blossoms, signs of cherry blossoms and the beginning of summer fruits like grape buds, gooseberries, currants and vigorous raspberries that constantly send runners all over the garden.




The weeds are easy to pull after the drenching rains and the soil is soft and perfect for planting.   Seedlings of sprouting broccoli and bitter radicchio go in today.   The weed tea I made a few months ago is filled with a mushy sludge that truly stinks and I generously pour that around the tender young plants.

Metal tags of that label the apple trees tinkle in the breeze.  I miss my dog who would normally sit by and watch when as I worked in the garden, and wince when I see the young rose bush that we planted over his grave.

Another job ticked off the list was chitting the potatoes, which means exposing them to a little light for a few weeks on a window sill so as to get those buds nice and strong before planting.   A couple of old egg cartons do the job perfectly holding little seed potatoes of pink eyes and pink fir apples.  Nearby a pile of seed packets of summer crops like tomatoes, pumpkins, basil, zucchini and cucumber sit ready to be sown.

But they will have to wait for another day.  Another squall hits and I collect the eggs before I head inside inside with my cold red nose, fingers crossed the fire's still on, where a pot tea waits patiently keeping warm on the wood stove.

 

14 comments:

  1. Oh I do like your garden Michelle. You tell its story so well x

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    1. Thank you Naomi, you'll have to come and visit one day! x

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  2. Your garden and country life sounds so romantic. You do tell its story well... it makes me wish harder that my home will sell soon so I can get to the country for a story of my own. xo

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    1. Sometimes it's romantic Sarah, those are the times I write about! I hope your place sells soon! x

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  3. Your garden and words are both lovely Michelle. It is a great time of the year for vegetables isn't it?

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    1. Thank you Jane, it is a great time of year I agree! x

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  4. I'm so happy to have found you on the web! We are moving in 3 weeks to a place with a backyard. I dream of gardens and can't wait to be able to grow food again. I'm staring at your gorgeous images with so much longing it's making the weeks go by so slowly ;) x

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    1. How exciting for you Sabrina. Three weeks will fly by for sure!

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  5. What a glorious day. I love that briskness too and to go inside to a hot cuppa and a fire, well, that's the icing on the cake. Your garden looks as if it will be very pretty. The borage is already beautiful, I hope it brings lots of bees in.

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    1. Thank you Rhonda, it really is the icing on the cake!

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  6. Love being out in the garden again. It's soul cleansing with a cup of tea on the porch rocking chairs. That is so lovely that you planted a rose for your dear dog.
    Ness xx

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  7. What a gorgeous glimpse into your garden this morning as I read your post Michelle - makes me excited to be spending the day out in my own garden today (like most days at this time of year), pruning, weeding, raking, planting, and simply tending...

    Take Care... :)

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  8. Tonic for the soul ... that's what my garden is to me. I can see how yours is too...♥♥♥

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