Today was another gorgeous day. How can anyone understand the beauty of this weather unless you experience the bitter cold, the fluffy white snow, the treacherous ice, and the gray, gray gloom of winter? Not that all winter weather is bad. Winter can be serenely and hauntingly beautiful.
But that first warmth that travels through the air in spring brings such a heart beat of joy. The balmy breeze reminds us that the cold and damp are coming to an end, and the bright, sunny skies and warmth of spring and summer are approaching. We will soon be struggling to stay cool in the humid heat of deep summer, but for now, those unpleasant worries are distant.
I have most of my garden in – the tomatoes and peppers have taken hold and are sprouting new growth. My herbs are thriving. I have regular chives and garlic chives as well as rosemary, lemon thyme, regular thyme, tarragon, cutting celery, Italian parsley, two kinds of basil, stevia, lemon verbena, lemon grass, oregano, lemon balm, sage, pineapple sage, apple mint, and spearmint. I love herbs – or can’t you tell?
I planted cucumbers and sugar snap peas along my fence so that they have a place to climb once they are up and growing. I also planted pole beans and regular bush beans as well as summer squash.
And just to round out my little corner of the world, I have a sour cherry tree, currants, and some raspberries. The raspberries have decided to make my life a living nightmare. Raspberries are invasive – something I had forgotten – and will take over a back yard so fast it will make your head swim.
My perennial corner around the middle of May
The cherry tree is in back beside the bleeding heart
I am putting in a floating deck to the left of the bleeding heart – just a small 8 x 8 foot deck, but it will be big enough for me.