In my last post on April 11, it felt like Spring was on the doorstep, but this week, not so much. Saturday night into Sunday we had over 1.5 inches of cold rain and wind, and the temps have remained stubbornly in the low 40s with chilly breezes during the day, and into the 30s at night. Brrr. I am so jealous of bloggers like Villager at Our Happy Acres who have been eating from their gardens for weeks, and let’s just not think about the blooming cherry tree. Sob. Nonetheless, spring is creeping closer, as evidenced by the greening lawn, and we have been busy preparing at Henbogle.
All the ornamental beds with the exception of the cutting flower bed have been raked and things are blooming and popping up. At least the cold temperatures mean the crocus and scilla that survive the pounding rain have a long bloom period. In the deck, bed, the hyacinth are blooming. I seem to be missing my favorite yellow hyacinth, City of Amsterdam, don’t know what happened there, but I miss its beautiful yellow florets and captivating scent.
It wouldn’t be spring at Henbogle without the seedling cart in the laundry room. I’ve been trying out the soil block maker that Dan gave me for Christmas, and I really like it. It is much faster than filling plastic cell trays with growing medium, or making newspaper pots by the hundreds. Thanks to Daphne for a great tutorial on them.
Another sign of spring at Henbogle are a few new chicks to add to the Henbogle flock! It is hard to imagine that in
15 16 or so weeks these little fluffballs will be laying beautiful delicious eggs, but it is true.
And finally, keeping us busy this week has been a bit of car shopping. Yes, it was time for my beloved Pontiac Vibe to retire so yesterday, a gently used Mazda 3 hatchback joined the Henbogle crew. It looks a lot like the Vibe, I hope it proves to be as trouble free as the Vibe was. I so loved that car. Sigh.
Today at last the sun is out so I hope we will be spending some time outside and I will get some photos of the hoophouse to share in addition to harvesting my first lettuce of the season!