Today could be categorized as a typical upstate spring. One day it is 72 and sunny, the next it is 34 and raining to beat the band. The last few days have been the latter. Not very pleasant and not conducive to gardening. If you go out for more than a few seconds you are soaked to the bone.
I am reading a book about permaculture in our northeastern climate. It is very interesting and has me really thinking about our own yard. I have been working hard on getting it cleaned up over the years (with the help of family of course) and the thought of filling it up again is kind of funny. Of course the idea is to fill it with edible and useful plants and trees, not weeds and ugly brush. So the ideas are swirling around and slowly embedding themselves. I am not sure my husband will enjoy the added work I have in mind, but the end result will be well worth it.
I thought I would share some pictures of our spring day.
This is my kitchen garden. Last year it held tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers. this year will be the same with a few additions. It does need to be worked, if it ever stops raining long enough.
This is my flower garden. It is looking a little sad right now. I have a clematis which grows up the trellis, they are beautiful light blue flowers.
This is my bulb garden. It has crocus, daffodil and tulips. they have been spreading nicely over the last few years.
This was the old garden on the property. It is a nice flat area out of the water but it is too close to the woods and critters who would like to share my harvest. It does still produce blackberries and my compost pile resides here.
This is our lake, I mean backyard. It was almost dried up a few days ago, and then it rained. I would love to make this space more useable but it is difficult because it floods every year. In the foreground is the remainder of the old chicken coop we had to take down.
The other half of the back yard.
My Wegelia bush. It is beautiful when it is in full bloom. It produces reddish leaves and deep pink elongated bell flowers. The best part is they are deer resistant. It has grown considerably since I purchased it years ago.
I hope you enjoyed the partial tour of my water logged property. Hopefully soon I will be able to post pictures of a more productive area. Happy planting!