Just a Quickie

Bet you noticed the new header photo.  Decided it was finally safe to replace the winter, snow-covered potager with a bit of spring color.  The photo isn’t great, but I just didn’t want to take any more daylight time to fiddle.  There’s too much to do in the gardens.

In this brief break between long periods of rain, I’m frantically seeding, planting and deadheading in the gardens.  However, I did want to share the progress that the resilient plants have made despite the heavy downpours that sometimes have included hail.  Just to remind you, here is the Front Garden the end of March:

Front gard Mar compr  and here it is this morning!

Front Bed mid-April compressed  The high winds are taking their toll on the tulips, so I fear they won’t be lasting long.  Today it is to reach 80 degrees, scattered showers this afternoon…..and then (sigh!) 5 more days of rain and dropping temperatures.  I feel I should just sit on the lawn with a glass of wine and savor the flowers while they last….but then the veggies won’t get seeded, the broccoli and cabbages won’t get planted.  I worry over the strawberries and gooseberries that are beginning to bloom.  Will the rains prevent pollination?  Will the winds blow the flowers off?  No time to worry; I must get the spinach and kohlrabi transplants into the ground before it all turns to mud again.  Hope you are enjoying your spring blooms and that they linger long.  Herbal Blessings, Carolee


About carolee

A former professional herb and lavender grower, now just growing for joy in my new potager. When I'm not in the garden, I'm in the kitchen, writing, or traveling to great gardens.
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22 Responses to Just a Quickie

  1. Loretta says:

    Ahh beautiful, what a transformation eh? Love looking at all the spring blooms around us too. Yes, too many flowers, not enough time. I’m donning my gloves and hat as I write this. Enjoy nature all around 🙂


  2. sholmes8386 says:

    We have the same weather issues in IL.
    Each day with sun and low wind is a blessing.
    Only about half way done in my garden.
    Most blooms are fading fast with these weather
    conditions. Wine in the garden sounds like a good idea!
    sounds like a good idea!! Blessings🌷🌷

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  3. This is really pretty! I hope to learn some gardening tips from you! ❤


  4. Love it. My early tulips are finishing their show. Since I’ve been away taking care of my mom, I don’t get much time to play in the dirt, but love it when I can. I picked a little bouquet of daffodils for her on my last visit to my garden. The cheery yellows bring her a smile. Enjoy that gardening time…and thanks for giving us a peek.

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  5. wasp512 says:

    I know the feeling… I got my seedlings in on time, but with the amount of rain we have received so far, my squash and zucchini plants are huge. We have had some strong winds which pulled the plants out of the ground some and laying in the valleys between the rows. The roots dont look damaged, but time will tell… I am covering up the roots with dirt, hoping the plants will be saved. I have already picked a few squash and see many more growing…


    • carolee says:

      Your season is way ahead of ours. I’ve just seeded squash in the greenhouse but they can’t go in the ground until after May 10. We are having strong winds again today, which is blowing all the petals off the tulips and folding over stems of daffodils. Lots of rain on the way again, too. Sigh….


  6. Notes From the Spider Farm says:

    Hope you can take a moment to relax and enjoy! Lovely photos…


  7. Amie Lucas says:

    Your tulips are beautiful! Unfortunately ours haven’t opened yet but buds are starting to develop. Looking forward to seeing more of your garden grow.

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  8. jennerjahn says:

    love the two pictures and their contrast!!

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  9. Your spring display looks great. Take 5 minutes to have your glass of wine and enjoy it, just for a while 🙂


    • Carolee says:

      Good advice, and I did. Wanted to enjoy it before this evening’s severe weather blows all the tulip petals off…it’s already made a good start and the worst isn’t even here yet!

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  10. bcparkison says:

    Wish I lived closer…sounds like a dinner bell will be ringing.

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  11. Your potager looks lovely in spring colours! Here on the northerly Pacific coast it is still very cool, though the snow has been replaced with monsoon-like rain. Daffodils are looking good, and the grass a shocking shade of green, already wanting to be mowed. I’d like to join you for that glass of wine, but the ground is far too wet for sitting upon! Happy planting!

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    • Carolee says:

      If you come to my area, I’d love to share a bottle of wine with you! We need to mow, but it’s too wet and we’d just get the mower stuck. The only real gardening I can do is in my raised beds.

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  12. Stunning!!
    If you’re too busy to enjoy them out there, for heaven’s sake, cut a bunch for the house. They’re too beautiful to go “un-admired”!

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  13. I was wondering if you were busy because you seemed quiet. Beautiful flowers!


    • Carolee says:

      Nice of you to notice I was missing….our internet went down for 5 days, and our kids who live in Germany were here for Easter break, and I did my back in and was ordered to “do nothing” for a few days. Once I was free and mobile, there has been so much gardening to do while it wasn’t raining. Severe weather in tonight’s forecast, but I’ve done all my back will allow for today so I’m inside, working on my next post!


      • That is great you had some time to celebrate with your family. I hope your back recovers quickly and doesn’t hinder your gardening plants. How frustrating that must be! I will look forward to the next one.


  14. I’m so exciting that you answered my beet disaster question and I found your blog! Your header picture is gorgeous what a beautiful garden. I hope to learn so much from you -thanks!


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