Saturday, 25 April 2015

Work, Work, Work

These days were rather hectic in the garden. Everything grows up like crazy, including weeds of course. I had lots written down on my 'to do' list: prepare the vegetable beds, weed, mow the lawn, dig and weed the flower beds and sow the seeds of flowers and vegetables.

It has been rather warm these past three days, which made this hard work even harder. But, I am glad I managed to finish it all. Today was the day for sowing the parsnip, mangold, French beans and courgettes. The peas are already out. Though this pea is not of the climbing type, I put some branches to support the stems. 

The red currant looks promising this year. It has many flowers. I expect lots of fruits, of course. Last year, the yield was not so good due to lots of rain and lack of sunny days. I spread some fertiliser under the bushes in February. Now I can add some well-rotted manure and mulch with straw to keep the ground moist.

  We expect some rain on the weekend. It is certainly most welcome. And I will take some rest!

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Maria's Garden

There are many lovely gardens in my small town. This one belongs to a friend of my mom, Mrs. Maria Solar. I took all the photographs last year.


Irises in full bloom.

Chinese tree peony

Wisteria in Spring and...

in Winter. Her grandchildren have sprayed the pods with paint for more interest!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

The Old New Birdbath Stand

Yesterday afternoon was too windy to work in the garden. Besides, it was raining overnight and the soil was too wet to do anything. But, I took a few hours to clear the mess under the terrace. That's where I discovered this old wood stove. I did not want to throw it away because I have a weakness for old things and love to find them another purpose. I thought I could use as a stand for the birdbath. It has four 30 cm long legs which I pushed into the ground.
Later on, when the plants around would be fully grown up, it will be half-covered with green foliage. I just love it being so rusty, but wonder how long it would last so exposed to the weather conditions.