Many mornings last week I woke up to a bank of low rain clouds. Remember last year we had snow the first of May. This year it has been rain and storms but luckily not any violent storms for us although many other parts of the country have been hit terribly. The temperatures have also been running pretty cool too which can spell bad news for the garden because seeds tend to rot in cold wet soil. My green peas are up and my potatoes are also coming up so far. The onions are also coming right along.
The flowers are loving the rain but it has put us behind in planting gardens and mowing grass though. We have finished all the walnuts and have a few more pecans and we are done with the winter nut shelling.
The tulips are beautiful this year but the rain does take a toll on them and tends to beat them to death. They are pretty while they last though.
Now the smaller daffodils are blooming. O Wise One bought me a small pot of these one year and all of these small ones are starts from that one pot so many years ago.
Between rain storms I have been working on trimming the roses back. I wanted to post this to show you how much winter kill I am having to cut off to get to green growth. Notice the two lower bushes in front compared to the bigger unpruned bushes in the back. This winter was hard on the shrubs and bushes with not enough snow cover to insulate them from brutally low temperatures. I lost a Spirea(bridal wreath) and one Althea so far. My big Knock Out Roses also took a beating and I am waiting to see if they make it.
As usual this time of year my back porch is full of plants in various stages of hardening off. Peppers and tomatoes above waiting to be potted to bigger pots.
Cabbage, Bok Choy, Broccoli and lettuce waiting to be planted. We never work in the garden when the soil is wet so with days on end of rain we are behind in getting these little guys set out. With pretty weather forecasted for this week I have a full schedule already just catching up with every thing to be planted.
Hoping everyone out there is safe and that you all have a great week.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter