After yesterday’s rain, today started with broken clouds. After breakfast, we walked around the garden, enjoying the cool spring morning. Much of the spring garden is really coming into bloom, and the overwintered veggies and early spring greens are almost as ornamental as the rockery plants and rhododendrons.
I get a kick out of our winter greens planting. I always plant kale in the open garden. I like its flavor best in winter and early spring, when the cold weather brings out its sweetness. This year, as the kale grew, some of the plants looked different, which was puzzling. I always plant dwarf siberian, which I know is an open pollinated variety, so I put it down to some off type plants. We ate the leaves of both kinds this winter, remarking that some of the leaves were coarser and not frilled like normal, but still had good flavor. It turns out that I had apparently seeded some Purple Sprouting Broccoli this year along with my kale, and then forgotten….Here is what the ‘kale’ patch looks like now-
The broccoli is pretty good, so I’ll probably grow it again. That’s assuming that it is as hardy as kale. We had a pretty mild winter.
We next walked into the southern orchard. We are having an unusual spring, and all the blooms are compressed. We rarely have all of the apples and the pears and the pie cherries in bloom at one time. Usually it’s a progression, but not this year!
Only the cider apple trees are lagging behind, and that is completely normal. Unfortunately we aren’t seeing many bees. We debated renting a hive this year, but put it off because of our vacation. We might end up regretting that.
The front rockery is in full bloom with lewisias. We have so many now- they like our rockeries so well they self seed. They will be in bloom for the next month or so.
One of the newer rockeries is the rebuilt ledge garden. It looks like everything is doing well there after the first year.
We had a mid-morning visit from this pileated woodpecker. We had a suet feeder up this winter, and they started visiting from the creek area to feed then. The feeder has been gone more than a month, but they still visit regularly. I guess even birds have hope!