So many leaves have popped since the last time I had a chance to post a Sunday Stroll, so this is a long one! While I’ve got a few flowers, there are many more buds yet to open and I’m impatiently awaiting the show they’ll put on in June.
The bleeding hearts are taking over the partially shaded back garden, even after I pruned them back and picked a bunch of the flowers yesterday. Believe it or not, this is only their second year in bloom.
Buds on the blue lace-cap hydrangea in the back garden. This will be the first of my many hydrangeas to bloom.
The peony in the front flower garden has a bunch of buds, and I can’t wait to see those big pink blooms.
Our one and only apple blossom. I’m surprised that the Jonathan tree got a blossom so soon after we planted it, but I’m happy to report that all six trees are alive. I don’t expect an apple this year because there’s no other flower to pollinate it. Unless, of course, a bee makes her way from my parent’s orchard a few minutes away.
The mixed baby lettuce is doing well.
The spinach that overwintered is ready to pick.
The peas have started to climb up their wire supports.
One of the heritage red raspberries in our brand new berry patch.
Some wildflowers in the neighboring hayfield.
Our two sugar maples that we planted last fall survived the winter and are full of bright green leaves.
To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.
This week is spring break and I’m planning to enjoy the time off on my vacation. The sunny location I’m visiting is right in my own yard. I spent today outside in the gardens, cleaning up and getting ready for the growing season. When all the work was done, I grabbed my camera so I could post an update.
I started the day by planting more raspberries, this time Royalty Purple, and some Chester blackberries. The photo above shows leaves on the Heritage Red raspberries we planted about a month ago.
In the vegetable garden, the mixed baby lettuce is starting to emerge, which is the first among the many different lettuce varieties I planted.
The peas are up and stretching toward the sun. I hope to see their tendrils wrapping around the wires before long.
I weeded and cleaned out the front and back flower gardens, as the hydrangeas, bleeding hearts and peonies are coming out of dormancy. But the flowers already in bloom stole the show.
The daffodils are still beautiful, as more and more of them open each day. I’m already scheming to plant more of these bulbs up around our mailbox in the fall. The one day of planting is well worth the show in spring.
The potted pansies are still showing off, thriving with the chilly evening temperatures.
What’s going on in your gardens?
We had a bunch of pea pods ready, so yesterday I picked and froze them. It’s pretty simple, so here are the directions:
- Trim the ends and remove the strings.
- Blanch in boiling water for 1 minute.
- Put in ice water bath to stop the cooking. (I forgot to have this ready, so I just ran them under cold water.)
- Place in freezer bags, label, and freeze.
- 8 oz dried bowtie pasta
- few handfuls snap peas
- handful basil leaves
- 3 Tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper
In a large pot, cook bowties according to package directions. Trim and remove strings from snap peas, then slice each into 3-4 bite-sized pieces. Add the peas to the pasta during the last 1-2 minutes of cooking. Drain in a colander. Combine pasta, peas, olive oil, chopped basil, juice of half the lemon, and salt and pepper to taste. Serve hot or cold.
It was dreary outside today, but we still spent most of the day out and about. We went over to Ed’s parents’ house to pick up one more load of aged manure. Here’s Ed using the tractor to dump manure into the truck. Too bad we had to use a shovel and a wheelbarrow at home…
After we got the manure into the garden and spread out, I was finally able to plant some of my seedlings. I hope the lettuce and peas will be happy in their new home.
Since I was filthy anyway, I decided to weed and rake out the back garden, which I had been neglecting. No blooms there yet, but the bleeding hearts are close. I hope the hydrangeas and peony will do well, too. Since it’s shady there in the afternoon, I plan to fill this garden in with impatiens.
Special thanks to Molly and Frieda for their manure. Why do they remind me of Eddie (the Sheepdog) so much? Oh, because they’re hairy and look grumpy in this picture.