Sunday, March 12th, 2012
Another cloudy day, but as I glance out the window I see that the catkins on the hazelnut tree have grown about an inch longer. -not hanging limply, but seemingly fat and sassy and preparing to go into their sex act, spreading pollen far and wide.
Yesterday, as I raked the leaves from under the tree I found a few hazelnuts which must have been hiding in the fall, half buried in the thawing soil. Gentle raking turned up lovely green spikes, probably daffodils, but some are fatter and not as far advanced, and I'm hoping they might be tulips. Nice surprises all around when you don't know exactly what spring flowers flourish in the garden.
A big pruning project going on these days, - Charles does the branches he can reach and is the official mad master pruner, but Frank is not far behind him as I see what a dramatic job he has done on the tree in the front yard, (the pruning of which has been badly neglected in the last few years). Mere amateurs freeze in horror as branch after branch is removed, but in the end it is quite apparent what these experienced pruners are seeing in their mind's eyes. as the trees or shrubs come alive with new wood and healthy leaves when we go deeper into spring and summer.
Late in the afternoon I went to the store for milk, and came home with a nice roast of beef and a lovely pink Anthurium.....as well as the milk, of course. I am easily distracted by the display of flowers and plants but try to keep on course when it comes to the grocery list.
Here is an update on the very slow growth on the Lenten Roses and the lovely spikey leaf buds on the Rowan tree.
It occurs to me that I should be posting these bits and pieces about the garden to the Garden Diary, which lies neglected since I finished the posts from the garden on the hill, - the one that is crying for attention!!!
We did the great Spring Forward to accommodate the Daylight Saving people last night, and by the time Midsummer Murders was over and we had moved the clocks forward it was shockingly late. The idea of a little nap is very appealing at the moment........