a little post about nature’s calender over at tend this week. come on over
i am really excited to introduce a little project i have been working on with 4 other lovely ladies. come on over!
when i was young i remember my mother getting up early to walk around her garden. she has a beautiful property settled on the border of a woodland. it is very private and there are many different little micro-climates full of diverse plant life. she lives near by and i visit often. when i go to visit her she will say to me “do you want to go for a walk?” i know this means walk the garden. now that i have my own garden i too love to get up early and walk the garden. even though it has a totally different feel than my mother’s in size, and style, and setting, i still love this morning ritual. especially in the spring. i like to check out what may have bloomed overnight, if any seeds have sprouted, and make plans for what more needs to be planted. i laugh sometimes at how different my walk feels than my mother’s. as i walk down the corner sidewalk which runs between my gardens, the neighbors getting into their cars heading to work for the day give a wave, the jogger that runs by each morning gives a nod, the kids on the corner waiting for the school bus fill the air with chatter. but then the morning doves sitting on the telephone wire above give a coo, and a robin red breast hops by searching for breakfast, and i look down at a fiddlehead uncoiling at my feet, and i realize how similar, yes how similar.
i have been busy in the garden these days seeding, transplanting, building, pruning, and dreaming up new spaces. this year i have plans for more rock walls, a bigger chicken coop, a few more fruit trees, and possibly a bee hive. i think we may have to put the hive on a roof though since we have such limited space. check out rooftop beekeeping in ny city.
i have spring fever.
one of my remedies is forcing bulbs and branches.
it’s a simple way to bring spring indoors a little early.
i have been forcing paperwhites since christmas on a regular basis.
i buy a large amount when they go on sale and have them on hand.
i also am forcing some grape hyacinths or muscari (the little ones)
which i think are so sweet. they take a little longer than paperwhites.
but since they are small they can be placed in with other plants in a terrarium
or all by themselves with some moss.
i also love to bring branches indoors. they look beautiful just by themselves even before they bloom or together with a bouquet of tulips or other flowers.
right now i have some cherry branches that have just begun to blossom
i found them outside of our library on the ground where the trees were being trimmed that day.
the workmen were delighted to lessen their load as i tied them onto my bike.
things are starting to bud outside here too which helps to bring my fever down a bit.
i noticed the witch-hazel in bloom as i drove by our local arboretum.