71. Garden Puttering

I can’t imagine a more pleasant way to spend a few hours on a cool, overcast winter afternoon, than working in the garden.

We recently had snow (unusual for this region). While it offers a lovely perspective for the yard, when it slides off the roof, I fear for trees and shrubs that are beneath the roof’s dripline. When we put the roof on, we didn’t think snow would be a problem.feb snowfall

snow falling off roofA rhododendron and a beauty berry were damaged, but I’m sure they’ll survive.

I’ve been brutally pruning – our fruit trees, grape vines and other woody shrubs.severe fruit tree pruning

For the three-year-old grapevines in particular, I cut most of the vines right back, although I left some to populate the highest wires of the privacy screen.severe grape pruning

A real benefit of winter is that I can see how and where the trees and shrubs are growing, without foliage to conceal the branches or vines, and so I can trim accordingly.

Sitting on the heather bank, weeding and trimming the winter heather, was what my friend reminded me is called “flow.” I’m in the moment. There are new birds arriving every day, their songs from the trees and rustlings under the leaves and grasses feels friendly. Every dip of the trowel, pull of the crab-grass, or snip of the shears produces a visible improvement. As every gardener knows, it’s therapeutic. trimming heather

Working outside reminds me of all the people who contributed to this garden: somehow my mother’s speaking to me – “use some lime to sweeten the soil” and her rhubarb root almost emerging seems to have some of her DNA in it. All the WWOOFers’ hands and personalities are ghosting the yard to remind me of them: where I worked today, Tim energetically carved out the lower pathways and mulched them, Johann planted 90 little heathers, everybody pulled blackberry. Everywhere I look, they’ve all come back to This Green House in the products of their industry. Our son and daughter moved some big rocks into place, and D and I went out to the quarry to get more today to finish the hardscaping by the patio. I call this middle section “the rockpile,” and I’m keen to cover it with rock plants, because it is not our garden’s prettiest corner or most elegant transition. rock pile

Thrilling is what I call the way the moss and ferns are filling in between the big stones, just as I’d hoped. ferns between rocks

This year, the pressure is really on. I have agreed to host in the Sunshine Coast Botanical Garden Society‘s fundraiser private gardens tour in June. This year’s theme is “artists in their gardens.” I confess to feeling anxious about the prospect of a hundred or so expert gardeners looking at my amateur efforts. I hope the dye garden (for dyeing fabrics), the rooftop veggie garden, the fledgling medicinal garden, and the xeriscape/native garden will provide some interest to my visitors. I will report back, you can be sure.late winter cleanup

Now, I just have to plant some more eye candy and native plants, get all my plants to show off, get rid of the lumber and pallets, apply facing stone to the greenhouse, keep up with the weeding, and build some garden furniture. Whew! Nothing like a deadline to get me going!

First seeds planted in the garden this week: Peas, lettuce, Little Tokyo turnips, and spinach. The pea brush (to support the peas) in the garden comes from the dessicated branches from our Christmas branch.pea brush

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9 thoughts on “71. Garden Puttering

  1. popping over from Boogieboard Cottage – I would love to be able to garden in the winter, but we’ve been covered in about a foot of snow for most of this winter…in fact we woke up to another 4 inches of snow this morning…I am a new follower and I can’t wait to see more of your garden!

  2. The home place has been a lot of work, good things take time. The place looks really good, I am sure all the effort will be appreciated by your visitors. Here’s to Spring and a new season.

  3. Good thing you had a wonderful day to work on your amazing garden. Snow Sunday! Good moisture etc but really, March! Loved seeing your garden defined in white as well as your first seed plantings of the year and the success of ferns peeking through the rocks.

  4. It looks like your landscaping and gardening efforts are gonna be beautiful shortly.

  5. So pretty. Wonderful to enjoy gardens even in the winter.

    I host a weekly link party called Seasonal Sundays. I’d love to have you link your post. The link goes up at 7 pm EST on Saturday. Hope to see you then.

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  6. Such a beautiful garden, I love the ferns growing in the rocks!!! Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY…

  7. I just love the big rocks and stones in your garden especially with the ferns growing in between them. Thanks for sharing with us at The HomeAcre Hop!

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