May 10 2017

May 10 2017
I spotted a hummingbird working the peach blossoms this morning. The hummingbirds usually arrive about May 1 each year. And leave at August 31 pretty much like they’re on a train schedule.
Dandelion blooms are popping up everywhere. I have been digging them out one by one in the lawn and garden beds but decided to leave the few showing up outside the east fence after I saw they were being visited by honey bees. Practically a bee on every bloom. I think there is a ‘wild’ hive in our area because honey bees appear at times when no commercial hive would be flying – like on sunny days in early spring when Crocuses are blooming. Here’s hoping they find plenty of food to keep the hive going.

May 3 2017

May 3 2017
Yesterday was the first day we grilled hamburgers. That tells you something about the delay in warm dry spring weather this year. Still, a good burger, better than most first of the year grillings. I seem to have remembered more of our grilling methods from the previous year than usual.
And the warm day yesterday moved growth along. Today the Rembrandt tulips are just starting to open and lots more buds on the verge. The peach trees and plum tree have fat still-green buds and half-inch tight leaf clusters getting ready to pop.

May 1 2017

May 1 2017
Weather has been co-operative for the last few days only in the sense that it was not actually raining or blustering for entire days.
So I grabbed time to trim more perennials and fill the yard waste bin for pickup this week. It is nice to look at the beds and see spring bulb blooms and buds nodding above the ground instead of being hidden behind dead brown stalks.
Many trees are leafing out. Cherry orchard bloom is just beginning. That’s a solid two weeks later than average for this area.

Just starting.

Snowdrops emerging

March 14 2017
Oh Boy!
PJ the Gardener is in the middle of March and still not started garden work for this year.
So I had better get going.
Winter has been hanging around here [Okanagan Valley, BC, Canada] for an unusually long time. There is still snow cover on much of the ground around the house. It’s not an excuse; I’m just saying.
In the last week some Crocus bulbs poked green shoots into the air next to the receding snow. And I spotted Snowdrop blooms at the base of winter-dead stalks of some perennials. It won’t take long for the rest of the snow to disappear, especially if it rains.
Meanwhile I would normally have laid out plans for planting vegetable and flower beds, window and hanging baskets. Seeds and rhizomes would have been ordered and supplies for starting seeds laid in. In a normal year peas would be in the ground soon. This doesn’t seem to be a normal year so far.