Today I got back into the garden and planted a little more. It was not particularly warm, but it was sunny. I took comfort that here in Virginia, we don’t have what my cousin in Door County Wisconsin has. She said they’re sick of snow. Can’t say I blame them.
I started in the large outside garden where I used pavers to outline beds and planted asparagus last week. This week, I just did a little weeding and planted some flower seeds. I also checked the little blueberry bushes and tied the blackberry so it will climb on the fence. Well, one hopes it will anyway. No telling, really.
It has been pretty cold–highs in the fifties today, but that doesn’t make for great sprouting of seeds. I have been pleased with the spinach and lettuce under the row cover. They are progressing nicely. Under the pop-up tent, I do seem to be getting some tomato sprouts. Still, I interplanted with rainbow beets today. Under cover, the rabbits won’t get them, and I have tomatoes growing inside the house at this point. I also watered in the cold frame, to encourage the balky pepper and eggplant seeds. We’ll see.
Next week, I hope to plant flower seeds for the sidewalk border and have engaged a fellow gardener to help. Let’s hope for another good day next weekend. Yesterday it was actually spitting snow in the afternoon and felt a great deal like February. We could be in for a long cold spring. While I was in the garden, I did wander around. Most sensible people have not yet begun to dig and plant.
Still there are a lot of flowers coming up, not just in my garden but all around. And trees are blossoming–the small magnolias (as opposed to grandiflora, which blossoms in May), rhododendrons, cherries, redbuds, and maples in their reddish glory.
It’s a beautiful world.