Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Greenery.




The tentative return of greenery after the long winter is a huge relief; but we're not there yet.

Buds are swelling, most of the fruit trees are in flower, and the climbing Hydrangea (above left) is sprouting leaves. There are signs all around.

The lawn has had its second mowing of 2013, and is looking OK.

We've had so much overnight rain recently that the ground is sodden. A few days of warm sunshine (and no rain) and I should be able to rotovate Haddock's. I'm looking forward, as I always do, to sowing and planting.

Unfortunately there are FOUR MORE DAYS of intermittent rain forecast; the only plus-point being that the watering system for all my newly planted fruit trees has been set on 'automatic'.


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22 comments:

  1. a french scene if there ever was one. We are having a lovely California spring, everything is in bloom and the hills are eye-splitting green.

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  2. We are still waiting for everything to green up a couple of days of warmth didn't really help much. Do you plant Haddocks direct into the ground or do you start everything off in a greenhouse.

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    1. I sow directly, but I do buy some of my plants; usually the Toms, Aubergines, and Peppers. It's gives me a greater choice of varieties.

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  3. Still no rain here. Just dug up the chard bed and, in spite of watering, it was rock hard. Now replanted and watered. Can you please send some of your rain.

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    1. It's raining now... and I have two very wet dogs in the kitchen.

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  4. Got back two days ago to pouring rain, giant spiders and donkeys wandering around the garden. Bah! But hey, at least the wine is cheap (and weeds pull more easily out of wet soil).

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    1. Welcome home Sue. Things will improve!

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  5. re the death of Mrs T: When you see foul comments from the likes of uber-commies Anthony Wedgewood-Benn, George Galloway, Billy Bragg, and the very silly Mad-Morrissey, you know at once that she MUST have been a great politician. Good to see all the IMPORTANT politicians of the world (from both left and right) sending their tributes; it makes the above four look quite pathetic.

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    1. I rejoice at M. T's passing and I wish it had come sooner. I still do weep for those who suffered and for the Mothers who cried for their children when they struggled to feed them because thousands of workers were tossed on to the scrap heap of life - in the interest of gross capitalism.

      I shall always remember seeing the tears in the eyes of unemployed parents and grandparents as they asked ‘Why?’

      If justice was properly practised in the UK and in the world at large Margaret Thatcher ought to have been charged as a war criminal for ordering the Belgrano to be sank considering it was outside of the exclusion zone.

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    2. It will be interesting to see what type of funeral will be afforded to the likes of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. It's probably true that Blair has done more harm to Britain than any other post-war PM, but even so I wouldn't wish him harm. In fact I am rather 'touched' by his today's praise of Lady Thatcher. There's some decency in even the worst of our politicians.

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    3. As neither of us now live in the UK. I suggest that it is incorrect to say to refer to them : those in the hot seat of Westminster 'as our politicians'

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    4. On the seas, naval forces may attack enemy warships. The sinking of the Argentine warship General Belgrano, therefore, was not contrary to international law despite its being attacked outside the Total Exclusion Zone that the British government had declared around the Falkland Islands.

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  6. I fear I may have condemned Angola to a drought. Yesterday I finished planting so it has stopped raining just when I needed it most.

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  7. We are into the 'rainy season' over here as well Cro. Thunder and lightning last night. It is always a shocker when you get the first thunder storm of the year..then you realize...winter is truly over. yay. Now bring on the sun.

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    1. It's that classic interim period between the cold of winter and the heat of summer. It's what the weather people call 'changeable'.

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  8. Still 20 inches of snow on the ground here. Sigh. At least it will be a good hay year....I am living vicariously through Haddocks until we see bare ground!

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    1. And snow, they say, is a great fertiliser.

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  9. April showers bring May flowers, or in your case, rhubarb.

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  10. And your weather looks so much better than ours.

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  11. Wish you could send some rain over here to San Diego!

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  12. I am thrilled to have the gren and the sun and the warmth returning at last!

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  13. I am still waiting for the ground to dry up here. We are in a wet area. Our fruit trees have bloomed also and the dogwood blooms are finally starting to show. Seems like "it's been a long, cold, lonely winter."

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