There's been a lot of stress lately. I came down with a miserable cold right before my first exam. I forgot how stressful school is for me, and what that does to my immune system. Add in some tight deadlines at work and a garden neglected... a few tears have been shed these last weeks.
Despite a few setbacks there is always a positive to be found. Flowers have begun to bloom in earnest.
It's a relief to come home at the end of the day and spend a few minutes walking around my garden. I haven't always got the time to do the garden work I would like (sadly my vegetable garden still isn't fully planted) but walking through and watching the trees leaf out and the flowers bloom makes me feel so much better.
|New trees were added to the garden this year including this Copper Beech|
|This photo is from last year when blooms were abundant|
On a positive note, you might recall our community hosted it's annual Plant Sale on May 25 (was it really just 2 weeks ago?). Despite heavy rain, resilient gardeners donned their best raingear and came out in droves to gather up as many garden goodies as they could fit in their cars.
Luckily the venue has plenty of space undercover so there were dry spots to congregate, socialize and shop for plants. I swore this year that I wouldn't take home any plants as I haven't the time to plant anything. However, despite my best intentions I started gathering up new plants for the garden before the sale even began! The week before several of us gathered at a neighbour's house to help dig out some plants for the sale.
|It was a beautiful afternoon to do some digging|
Another positive to keep my spirits up came in the form of an email from Jennifer @ Three Dogs in a Garden. I was the lucky winner of Jennifer's contest for the book, Plant Breeding for the Home Gardener by Joseph Tychonievich. It's the perfect gift as my columbines are starting to bloom and I have spent more than a little time analyzing how this permiscuous plant has cross bred to produce an array of different sized and coloured blossoms. The only downside is that I haven't time to read it right now. I've set it aside to read in July when my course is finished.
One last bit of great news came this week. Walking through the grocery store I spied this on the shelf.
Saltscapes magazine is published in the Canadian maritime provinces and features the musings of fellow garden blogger Jodi Delong. Jodi asked me to participate in a garden series regarding young gardeners a few months ago. I'm happy to say the May/June issue is on stands now and features yours truly in the article "Growing a Green Thumb". I'm incredibly flattered to be in a magazine but even more flattered that Jodi thinks of me as young!
Here's hoping this post finds you all enjoying a bit of sunshine, covered in dirt and smelling of lilacs. take care ~M