Spring Is Springing

I have been a very bad blogger since my last post–neither visiting nor writing.  I apologize and will try to catch up on all the news, soon.  It’s a beautiful Easter Day here today, and I’m resting after making starters for the dinner I’m going to later and cleaning up the kitchen.  A cup of tea wouldn’t go amiss right now…


Not the kind of rabbit that eats my seedlings!

Yesterday I worked long and hard in the garden.  You may remember that I work three gardens.  One is for me; the other two, a small garden inside our fence and a larger space outside it, are for the Plot Against Hunger.  I only have pictures today of my own garden.  For some reason, I keep forgetting to take a camera or forgetting to take pictures when I do have it.


The oregano is thriving and I cut some to put in pasta…

I planted the small garden a couple weeks ago with some head lettuces, radishes, carrots, cilantro, zucchini and summer squash.  Everything, except the dilatory carrots, is up.


I cut some of this to go with the oregano in the pasta–along with a little olive oil, some nuts, and some Romano cheese. I love that meal!

The large garden was another story.  You may remember last year, that the larkspur were glorious in it.  And they gloriously seeded.  I spent much of yesterday pulling out larkspur.  The asparagus I planted have come back, and next year, I expect we will have an asparagus harvest.  Yesterday, while weeding (larkspurring?), I discovered that one of the small blueberry bushes I planted last year had survived.  I cleared out nicely around it and will nurse it this year.


These were an amazing sight, gloriously thick on the ground.

My plan for the large garden is berries.  Since it is so open to depredation by passers-by, I thought I would put in permanent, perennial plants, and the sort of thing that you have to take some time to steal an amount worth eating from.  Outside that, I’m going to keep planting a flower border.  I’m considering strawberries, but frankly, I’m not keen on picking those.  The blackberry has done very well in the garden and was well-picked last year by me and passers-by.  The berries were delicious eaten right off the canes, which is probably why they were so well-picked!


The garlic won’t be ready for another couple months, but if it were, it would be going in that pasta dish as well.

So in the next few weeks, I’ll finish off clearing the large garden, purchase some berry plants and canes, get a flower border started and then settle into the work of weeding and harvesting.  I’m looking forward to seeing how things grow this year, and having cut flowers in the house again!


The irises will be in their purple glory soon.

Happy Easter and best wishes for the coming week.

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35 Responses to Spring Is Springing

  1. Hello dear Lisa, you have been missed! I’m glad to see you out in your garden again and those larkspurs are gorgeous! I hope you left some to flourish and self seed again – imagine the delight of the passers by if they could freely pick those! Hope all is wello with you and your family. Easter greetings! xoxo

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  2. TanGental says:

    looking fab; interesting to guess how far ahead you are than us; we are at least six weeks from that level of garlic growth and four for the irises

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Interesting. It seems that Derrick and Jackie’s garden is ahead of us. Are you far from them? It may be that their garden is sheltered, too…

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      • TanGental says:

        Their garden is about 100 miles south west of mine. It’s sheltered though less than a mile from the coast. There’s isn’t much ahead of mine, not really and I’d say not ahead of yours. Fr’istance their irises and mine aren’t budding like yours. There maybe some where the role is reversed though. And Jackie is a better plantswoman than me!


      • arlingwoman says:

        Even with Britain’s mild climate, I’m considerably south, so it makes sense.


  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Spring is such an exciting time of year with all that garden goodness ahead of us. Enjoy your pasta – sounds yummy!

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  4. Gosh – I wish I could get my larkspurs to self-seed! They’re fabulous!

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  5. smilecalm says:

    beautiful garden!
    happy Easter 🙂

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  6. KerryCan says:

    Your pasta meal sounds fab–I could eat that sort of meal every day for the rest of my life. Your gardening is going full speed! Here, the irises are only about 2 inches tall so far.

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  7. How annoying are those passers by


  8. Like Kerry’s, my irises are only two inches tall. Love the bursting purple of yours and how everything else is blooming in your part of the world. Enjoy!

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  9. Looking forward to seeing your irises bloom soon!

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  10. tonytomeo says:

    Oh, the iris are just about blooming.
    I need to move mine because they are in the way of something. I feel so badly about it. I so want them to bloom! Only those that are undisturbed will get a chance this years.

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  11. Sylvie Ge says:

    I have to say it again: one thinks that gardeners just plant and wait… I suppose it would be less infuriating to see the produce of your labour stolen by people who are really hungry but it is usually not the case.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Well, there may be some people in that neighborhood who could use more food, which is why I have generally been pretty liberal about the theft. It’s produce intended for supplemental groceries, after all. But planting things that take some time to take may help. It’s easier to grab a squash or a tomato and keep moving. Berries, now, take a bit of time…


  12. Maria says:

    Those colors are lovely. Are those purple ones larkspur?


  13. Evelyn Taylor says:

    Loved the photos of the family!

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