The site for the new greenhouse has reached (I hope) the lowest point in its development. We have removed the old green plastic affair,and begun to clear the area.
and attempted to cut the root of an old philadelphus in half.This is not a bright idea, but this shrub is one of the original ones and has such sweet-smelling flowers I am reluctant to dig it right out, even though the root will make it hard to get past the new greenhouse.
In the meantime every crocus in the garden is out, not to mention some early tulips and the garden is awash with primrose and miniature daffodils.
Finally, I can’t hide my pride in our first broccoli. This was cut and eaten on February 22nd.
Here in Quebec we still have snow on the ground.
I know, I sort of feel bad talking about spring here when I know how cold you are. We had a visit from a friend currently living in Canada and she was struggling with the length of the winter.
Here, the tomatoes are finally reddening and we ate some in a salad. Broccoli in February? Amazing.
I am dreaming of tomatoes reddening early in the new greenhouse…
The daffodils are blooming and Peggy is getting excited about her raised bed gardens… and broccoli. So are the deer and the ground squirrels. 🙂 –Curt
Deer and ground squirrels? I used to garden for someone who had deer and rabbit problems. The garden sprouted many chicken-wire cages – for the plants! The deer and the rabbits mostly won.
Yeah, Hilary. They do around here too. 🙂 –Curt
You have my dream garden, Hilary. For some reason your post has not appeared in my reader. Some posts show up 3 times. Oh WP, what is going on?
At my last British home I tried to turn the back garden into a wildlife area. I planted all sorts of native species. There is an excellent book on wildlife gardening, by Chris Baines if I recall correctly. I’m sure your garden must get lots of creatures great and small. Wonderful.
Thanks Andrew, yes we are extremely lucky, it’s not that big, but it’s got a bit of everything, so wildlife seems very happy, though thirty years ago we would bump into hedgehogs on a regular basis and now I search each summer for the rare signs of them.
A few weeks ago all the blogs I followed by email disappeared. I had to go and find a box on a page I had never seen and uncheck it! WP were helpful, but it’s unsettling.
My Grandpa in Kent has a great small greenhouse, when I was younger I used to love picking the fresh tomatoes especially the yellow variety he grew 😉 he had peppers too.
That’s what I’m dreaming of, the smell of tomatoes in the greenhouse and munching those small golden ones. Sweet peppers would be good too.