This week’s letter will be more of a postcard from the path than a letter. Bear turns eleven on Thursday (wait a moment while I cry), and, among other duties, I must bake a red velvet cake, her favorite, to celebrate. Speaking of Bear, she helped cut all of the landscape fabric away from the brick for me in the new potager beds. I really appreciated her assistance. We were working on a time crunch, because of the predicted snow, so she also helped me with the labels. As you can see, she drew pretty ladybugs and an earthworm on this one. I think just writing the names bores her, don’t you? Another had polka dots, and a third sported a dragon.
Today, with a temperature of 62F and climbing toward the projected high of 76F, Saturday’s snow is mostly a melted memory. Thank goodness. On Friday, I planted Rondo carrots, Black Seeded Simpson lettuce, mache, a/k/a corn salad, and pak choy in the new garden which is finished except for irrigation and the fountain. Won’t it look good when plants have filled the beds? This garden is the culmination of over twenty years of gardening and wonderful gift from HH. He will get an extra hug from me tonight. You can bet on it.
I’m going to also plant some large grasses to soften the sides and also to discourage deer. They don’t like grasses waving in the Oklahoma wind.
In the lower garden, the turnips and radishes are already sprouting, so I need to get my tweezers to thin them. Carol, you were the one who taught me about this alternative use for tweezers. Thanks.
Last Friday, I also planted my potatoes and onions. I was a bit late, but that seems to be my fate lately. Like every other spring, I’m swamped with garden chores. Still, that gorgeous sunshine on my back is pure joy.
That’s all I have for this week, but I’ll leave you with a pretty picture. These are the Campernelles I planted last fall. Aren’t they sweetest? I photographed them against the border of the garden so you can see how small they are. They should multiply and take over this corner of the bed. I hope.
Have a wonderful week everyone.