|Now here's a sad pic, the flooded garden viewed from under an umbrella.|
It will be weeks before we can plant anything out there, but the weeds will flourish.
|This is the first time our little walkway has been flooded.|
It's because of the clogged culvert, which we can't even think about unclogging
until the water subsides and the soil dries out a bit.
|That's our garage surrounded by water, our ditch clogged by a malfunctioning culvert, |
and water backed up over the road.
The weather was just as it is this week—cold, wet, windy. I wondered then about the unfairness, I wonder still. The kids were out of school, soccer and softball teams were trying to practice in the miserable rain—as they still are. My friend and I sat at the kitchen table in our drafty old mobile home and gazed at the growing grass tossing in the wind and rain. I think we abused some kind of illegal substance, but I'm not sure. It's been a long time. We turned out OK. So did most of those students who were subjected to my middle-school teaching. I'm sorry, kids. I hope you survived me.
But here I am now, way past teaching or journalism but strong into nourishing old friendships that have wonderfully pushed up this spring and are seeking light. Here comes the sun!
And also the morels.
|These morels were harvested from our backyard! They grew from|
landscaping bark spread last year. I guess this is a one-shot harvest.
|What the heck are these? They come up every spring. Maybe we planted them|
35 years ago? Some type of violet?
|Peony sprouts. Long may they live.|
|Full tilt cold-frame lettuce frenzy.|
|Lenten Rose,A KA hellebore. It started blooming in February and in|
late March is in full flower.
|Grape hyacinth, fragrant.|
|Forsythia. A very resourceful bush. It has received infrequent care in 20-some years.|
|Geraniums are amazing. This one has been in the same pot for at least 10 years, maybe more,|
and continues to pump out blooms most of the year. In the solarium since fall, it is cheerful and believes in spring.
|Paul's pepper plants off to a good start. A sure sign of spring.|
in the solarium. Cut flowers stay fresh for about a month.
Here's what will happen soon. Maybe in two weeks, maybe two months, summer will arrive in a flash and it will be too hot. We will complain about the blistering sun and the absent clouds and the high barometric pressure that sucks the moisture from the air and ground and heats the river rocks and warms the wings of hummingbirds. The garden will bust its buttons catching up, and time-lapse photography could record overnight growth. I think I'll like that part.