Seems I do nothing each spring but grouse about how cool it's been and how far behind we are for the start of the gardening season. But this year I feel totally justified because the weather has been really cool (38° this morning), and we are definitely behind this spring season.
For instance, here's a clump of our daffodils that are just now finally, almost, just about, ready to blossom. I know, I know. Everyone else's daffodils have been long gone for over a month. Or two.
However, good ol' reliable asparagus has been doing its thing, and we've already had many servings from our patch. It's going strong. I shan't complain about that.
Also the chives, which are always the very first green to show, have been ready for preserving (my frozen stash for the winter) for a few days now. So far, I've only worked up one of the four clumps but must do more soon as I noticed blossoms starting to form this morning when I took these pictures. The horseradish in the center of the bed is coming on like gangbusters, too.
Our apples trees. Oh, my. Although we have our small wire enclosed orchard (foiled you, you pesky birds!) pruned, weeded and heavily mulched, compared to the below picture, you can see how far behind their growth is this season.
Garlic is looking good. I grew w-a-a-a-y too much of it last year so cut down considerably for this year's crop.
Rows of spinach and a mixed variety of lettuces in a raised bed is finally poking through. I'll have to thin the plants soon. The carnations planted down the center of the bed are shivering.
This is the old (very old) strawberry patch ready for its last year. No matter who (Papa Pea) tries to convince me to leave it in for "just one more year," it's coming out this fall. There is too much intensive work to keep two patches in good shape.
The new strawberries daughter and I planted last year consist of five double rows of plants instead of the three single rows I experimented with for the last several years. Garden space is used more efficiently as the double row planting contains the same number of plants as the single row configuration.
Well, that's it for this first of the season garden report. I planted a raised bed of slicing cucumbers and another of edible podded peas yesterday. The cukes are under a cold frame (their own little greenhouse) as they will be for nearly the whole growing season. They certainly would have caught chilblains and died last night with that ridiculous low temp we had if they hadn't been protected!