We had a delivery today – of frozen pasties! Daughter No 1 is visiting for lunch in the garden on Sunday and whenever she visits, Cornish pasties have to be purchased. She’ll be here on Easter Sunday when the bakery will be shut so she pre-ordered them to be cooked later at home. I was delighted and amused to see that they came with paper bags!
I’ve never seen a flower that has grown up quite like this.
A lovely sunny, blue-skied day and we met good friends to walk around a local garden where the Rhododendrons are fabulous, the Magnolias magnificent and the enormous skeleton leaves from last year’s plants both delicate and truly lovely. What a treat to spend real time with real people after all this long lockdown.
There is so much happening in the garden now as Spring really takes hold. There is plenty of work to do too, both in the garden and in the allotment.
1. Today I have moved lots of Snowdrops ‘in the green’ to go around the newly planted Amanagowa Flowering Cherry.
2. The tulips are beginning to give us colour, some very short as I commented earlier in the week and some the height I was expecting.
3. It’s lovely to see shoots and buds, anticipating the loveliness to come. The Clematis Montana has lots of buds.
4. The Lily of the Valley are sprouting well with tiny flower buds just beginning to show.
5. We are still harvesting the Flower Sprouts / Kalettes and enjoying having fresh greens. We are astounded by how regal they look and how tall they are in their raised bed.
6. Tonight I made two more Little Puddings as the ones I made the other night were so delicious with Blueberries. These I made with slender pale pink stalks of Rhubarb from the plant which we inherited on our allotment – our first produce from Plot 30.
If you’d like to look around some more gardens, pop over to The Propagator where he gives you Six on Saturday and there are lots of links in the comments.
We found the granite block in our garden when we moved in some thirteen years ago, somehow moved it out of the border and left it at the side where for a couple of years it served as a seat for little LiveWires. Those two are now twelve and ten years old and far too big for the stone settee and we want to dig a new sunny border.
I advertised it, found it a new home and then we tried to move it! After some hours, we decided that the thing to do was put it back but vertically and keep it. We have spent many hours and various techniques borrowed from the Romans, levers, rollers and ingenuity, and it is now in place. However, it’s too dark to take a photo so I’ll show you tomorrow.
Supper was a delicious Chicken and Hatch Chile Stew.
Reader, I bought it! The bird box that I coveted last week but left behind, was still there when we returned to buy a tree. It was the first thing into our trolley and now has a new home. We’ll have to wait and see if any birds choose to make it their home in due course.
In the garden of every house we have lived in from our very first one in 1971 (just for interest, a 1930s semi, bought for £3,750) we have planted an Amanagowa Cherry tree, poplar shaped and very lovely with its delicate pink blossoms in April and beautifully rich russet leaves in Autumn. . We haven’t really had a place for one here but today, the lovely Mr S said he would dig up some lawn to make space so it’ll be in the ground soon and in blossom, we hope, before too long.
The white Narcissi have opened and are very lovely.