Despite the bitter wind, we walked up round the back today along a section of the Great Flat Lode (which isn’t flat) and were delighted to see so many violets in the hedgerows and the Bluebell buds beginning to colour up.
Cornish violets for my cousin in Australia
The views of the sea from the top are especially good on cold clear days like today.
The Atlantic, the A30 and, in between, three chimneys from the tin mining era
Spring has certainly sprung in our garden with the promise of more to come. We’ve had sunshine this week but still very cold winds and not really enough rain. (We don’t often say that in Cornwall.)
1. The tulips in pots are magnificent.
2. The Sweet Pea seedlings are coming along nicely. We have popped fleece around them when frosts were predicted. It’s almost time to tie them in.
3. To accommodate the new Amanagowa Cherry tree, the lovely Mr S has re-designed the lawn and the curve is very pleasing.
4. The buds on the tree are almost ready to burst.
5. Baby plants arrived today from Sarah Raven, ordered with Christmas and birthday vouchers from family. I have potted up the Cosmos and the Osteospermum, some of which will be in the pollinator border at the allotment and some at home. The tulips above were also bought with birthday vouchers. It’s really lovely to have presents that keep on appearing. We’ll be able to eat some of them too as we also bought vegetable seeds and baby plants yet to arrive. .
6. Because we now have the allotment, I am having one of the raised beds in the garden for cutting flowers. There is already a line of Sweet Peas by the trellis and today we have dug the last of our leeks to make space for my flower garden. So, not strictly garden, here is the Leek and Chicken Pie I made for supper tonight.
Chicken and leek filling
Golden pastry crust
If you’d like a peek at other gardens, pop over to The Propagator who invites folk to join in Six on Saturday, and follow the links in the comments to see gardens all over the world.
I went to check on the allotment today and discovered that the Jackdaws had pulled out nearly half of our baby Broad Beans! I planted some more beans and covered the bed, hopefully to foil the irritating Jackdaws! I was cheered by the Tete a Tete in a corner of our plot, Tulips on a next door plot and a glorious golden Dandelion in the midst of a bed of Forget-me-nots.
The Kalettes are flowering and make a pretty vase-full. They taste good too if caught before the flowers open so that they are like Purple Sprouting Broccoli.
I spotted this delightful door knocker in Penryn the other day after leaving the optician.
I love this poem. It sums up my blog for me – ordinary things being just perfect.
What happiness looks like by Marge Piercy
Some things are ordinary but perfect: drinking coffee on summer mornings with you as the cats laze about, fed, on you or on me or curled together in the bay window on a sunny pillow. Outside the weeping beech stirs in the wind, leaves hanging down like just washed long tresses. We talk softly of the pending day. This is all I would need of heaven that I don’t believe in, but this I believe.
It has been a beautiful day in so many ways. The sun shone and Daughter no 1 visited for the first time in a very long time. We cooked the frozen pasties that she had ordered some days ago and we ate them in the sun and Spring-filled garden. They were truly scrumptious.
When we were in Nepal some years ago, we went to watch the amazingly beautiful sunrise over the mountains and on the way back down, were persuaded to buy a small stone egg which, when tapped, broke in half to reveal an ammonite. LiveWire No 4 has a birthday next week and is interested in fossils and rocks so we have sent it it to her and ordered a book to go with it. We are now using Bookshop.org to buy books as we cannot go to the shops yet. Every purchase with them pays a share to your nominated local bookshop and avoids using the huge warehouses where the staff are not treated properly.
On our walk today we went through the park on our way into town and passed a very young Cherry tree with just one branch full of blossom.
Today we have planted three Blueberry bushes in one of our raised beds. Now that we have the allotment, we are giving more space in the garden to the Raspberries, some Blueberries, the sweetcorn and a cutting flower bed.
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.