Chronicaling the lunacy of taming three acres in Tidewater Virginia, one square foot at a time!

"Gardens... should be like lovely, well-shaped girls: all curves, secret corners, unexpected deviations, seductive surprises and then still more curves. ~H.E. Bates, A Love of Flowers

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Wednesday Walk

It's a pretty day outside,with a promise of warm temps ~70 and not a cloud in the crystal blue sky. I've got a pile of work projects to accomplish today, but scooted outside to see what was happening before hunkering down to some productivity.

On the porch, the ornamental cabbage, under the influence of the sun and warmth has started to bolt...I think it's pretty just the same...and won't pull it until it starts to stink, which according to several internet sources is the 'right' time...ha!

I have lots of moss and lichen in the yard, but this one caught my eye...if not already it should be called eyelash moss! When I have more time I will check that out.

My baby ornamental plum survived the cold winter and has the sweetest little blossoms just starting to open. While I have no picture, the bark on this tree is really spectacular. A beautiful deep burgandy color is revealed with growth when the outermost layer splits, sort of like a birch.
I just love the grandeur of the Loblolly Pine...if only an eagle pair would find it worthy of a nest here, instead of the Norfolk Botanical Garden.

I know real gardeners are not supposed to like or possess the dreaded Bradford Pear, BUT, it was here when I got here, has yet to succomb to the wind and really does make the prettiest pictures contrasted against the clear sky...

Outside in the vegetable patch, things are humming along. The cabbage and broccoli have several sets of new leaves, so must like where I plopped them. The green tops of the onion sets are almost all poked through. I was reading about them yesterday and discovered that for maximum storage I need to wait until the tops have died off before harvesting...this could be 100 days!!! Hmmm...I should have read the 100 day thing before I committed an entire 4 square to them...oh well...I will just have to increase the size of the garden to accomodate the other things I want to put in!
The weirdest thing....I planted two types of peas in the same type of soil, in the same location insofar as sun etc, and one type came up like gangbusters, and the other came up...not at all! I think I will spread the growers out abit using the other space...maybe I had a bad batch or something.
I did spy a little visitor within the newly sprouted plant. I expect the bug explosion to start within a week or so, but am enjoying the relative bug free garden at the moment.


Curbstone Valley Farm said...

A lovely spring display. Your Bradford pear is beautiful. Our fruiting pears are just starting to bloom too. Our plums though seem to be done for the season.

Kimberly said...

Your spring is looking wonderfully cheerful!

Ginny said...

I, too, inherited a Bradford Pear when we bought our house. It's in the back corner, protected by some large hardwoods and tall pines, and is unlike any other Bradford Pear I've seen in terms of size and shape. It really is pretty back there in that corner.
WUNC-TV had a program on invasive plants last week and the Bradford Pear was one of those named. Also English Ivy and Ligustrum - I inherited both of those, too.

GardenGoddess said...

Happily I don't have any English Ivy here. In my Southern NJ garden I inherited it growing on a fence around my was pretty, but vigourous as can be...and when it bloomed the allergy attack from the pollen was like no other!! It makes me sneeze just thinking about it! The flip side is it did provide pretty green privacy and tolerate me shearing it back severly each spring to prevent it from eating the house!

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your lovely blog and I bookmarked it. It looks like your vegetables are ahead of ours in Gloucester. Our soil is still VERY wet.

The Idiot Gardener said...

Why is the Bradford Pear so feared? Does it eat small children, or is it just invasive (as with the Ivy that gets mentioned in other comments)?