Good morning and Happy Easter to those who celebrate! Yesterday’s rain held me back from taking photos for my garden update, so I’m sliding it in before I begin my Easter baking and cleaning. I have help, but no one around here does it quite the way I do ;).
I walked out the back door this morning and turned the corner to enjoy my little herb garden. Two years ago this area was planted with big juniper bushes and I haven’t had one second of remorse about removing them. I love this garden because I can enjoy it from my dining room window and I can flip laundry and scoot outside to pick herbs for whatever’s cooking.
Everyone should have an herb garden outside of their back door!
Looking in a little closer the parsley wintered over. I’ll need to plant more, but it’s nice to see some green.That’s chocolate mint snaking it’s way in. I’ll need to keep up with the mint or it will completely overtake everything.
The chives are coming back as well. I’m pretty sure that these are just common chives but now that I’m looking at them I’m wondering if their garlic chives. It’s tough to get old. I wish I could remember things like this.
I grew this foxglove from seed last year so I’m hoping to see a nice big bloom this year.
Down in the garden, we have lettuce coming up! I planted it a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been covering it with the plexiglass on the really cold days. This may be the earliest lettuce crop we’ve ever had.
The garlic is very green and vibrant. I didn’t mulch with those pine chips, my dear husband did because I kept meaning to get some straw to mulch with and it didn’t quite happen. I think it’s okay, but I’m going to remove it asap because I’m not sure that the acid from the pine is good for garlic. Winnie is wondering about that too…
… and the girls are keeping an eye on him from a nice safe place.
We have our first little hint of rhubarb. My brother-in-law sent us a photo of their rhubarb a few days ago. It’s much further along in New Jersey.
The delphiniums that I planted last summer came back! I wasn’t sure that that would happen, but they must like this spot in front of the fence. I’ve read that they prefer shelter from the afternoon sun.
Today was my first peek of primrose from Mom’s yard. I love these plants.
And inside, the peppers were planted yesterday. They’re on a heat mat and covered with saran wrap until they germinate to create a little greenhouse. Fingers crossed for good seedlings!
And here are the onions. As you can see I had a good germination rate with the candy and Spanish onions, but not so with the Southport Red Globe. If five seeds hadn’t germinated I would be thinking that maybe they just take longer, but this looks like a lost effort. It’s getting late, so I’ll probably buy sets of red onions for this year.
I spent a few hours organizing all of my supplies this week. I’ve been into the Konmari method of letting go of things that don’t bring me joy. I’m enjoying my newly decluttered gardening area!
It’s going to be a great gardening year!
What have you started? What’s growing in your garden? Are you decluttering too?
So many questions!
Enjoy everything and Easter blessings to all!
I’m about to head to the nursery to see what’s there. I’m in the mood to plant today.
Have fun lulu! Hope you find something wonderful!
I had the same experience with red onion seed. They are just starting to come up now but they’ve taken ages. It’s got cold here though, everything is slowing down.
I don’t know what happened with them, but every variety is different so maybe they were a bit too dry or moist? Hope it warms back up for you!
I will be following you. Love to read your updates. Happy Easter to all of you.Hugs, June
HI June! Thank you for following me! Hope you all had a great Easter! We miss you! xoxo Michele
I’ve been doing some basic cleanup outside – picking up sticks and shoveling a little soil to fill in ruts. But, I haven’t raked the leaves off because I’m not feeling confident that we’ve seen the last of harsh weather. I’m going to be gone the last week of April so I can’t decide if I can safely start seeds or if I’ll lose them while I’m gone. Happy Easter to you and yours. 🙂
We still have leaves covering all of the perennial beds too. I feel the same way about our unpredictable New England weather… we’re not in the clear just yet. If I have extra seedlings I’ll share with you if you feel like making the trip down to Salem later in the spring 🙂 Happy Easter to you too Judy!