Well, our trip was cancelled, so I'm still here among my precious flowers. This is a really busy time in the gardens, so it's probably good that I'm not away for such a long time. As it is I'm rather behind! There is so much to do I hardly know where to begin! We just had 2 lovely cloudless days and I could hardly bear to be inside. I'm pretty well sunburned now, but that is a sign of the first real warm spring weather with me, so I don't mind a bit!
We did take a 2 day trip to Quebec City last week which was very pleasant. I enjoyed seeing the Montmorency Falls, Old Quebec, the Aquarium du Quebec, and the Musee de l'accordeon (in Montmagny). I was especially impressed by the Chateau Frotenac in Old Quebec. I can easliy imagine it surrounded by high stone walls and extensive gardens!
There were some lovely gardens outside Le Manoir Montmorency. Those tulips were only about 6 inches tall!
And I saw my first Lenten Roses (Hellebores) in the gardens outside the aquarium. I would like to add them to my gardens!
I'm still hoping to have an opportunity to visit the gardens I had promised pictures of, perhaps this August. Until then, you'll have to be content with pictures of my humble gardens. :)
The hyacinths are in their glory right now, and the first tulip opened this morning. And I have decided that I want more daffodils next year!
Some especially lovely heartease flowers...
In the vegetable garden, the onions are thriving, lettuce is coming up, and carrots and some peas are planted (I'll probably plant more peas in the next day or so). I would have liked to plant them sooner, but I've been very uncertain about what our weather intended to do! I just transplanted my broccoli plants yesterday and they have already lost a few leaves to one of my worst garden enemies, the snowshoe hare. We aren't on very friendly terms this time of year, because they seem to prefer my young plants to all the fresh green grass and dandelions! It is so frustrating to come out some morning and find a particularly strong plant that I had such high hopes for, left with nothing but its seed leaves! I usually win the battle by mixing cayenne pepper in water and giving them (the plants, I mean) a good shower.But it can be time consuming, especially if it rains often.
Snails are my other dreaded enemy, and they are already out in full force. I have lost countless cucumber and squash seedlings to the slimy beasts. This year I have started them in the greenhouse to give them a headstart. Once they have a set of true leaves they stand a much better chance.
Some of the plants still in the greenhouse...
And now I'm headed out for a walk in the woods to cut some small trees for my bean arbor! I will share some pictures of that when it's done.
I am a passionate gardener and seed-saver, who also enjoys playing the violin and accordion, running, spending time with my 4 golden retrievers, keeping chickens, photography, and reading. I also blog for Heirloom Gardener.