Taking A Gander Around The “Homestead”

Winter and spring have been very wet this year and the yard is a muddy mess. I haven’t been able to do much planting in the garden yet. A simple trip taking kitchen scraps out to the compost requires rubber boots. While I was out I had a look around.

It’s too wet and muddy to cut the grass or do much else.

The yard in spring


Lilacs don’t do well this far south, but our scrawny lilac shrub is blooming.



A type of hawthorn blooming in the woods.




Wild blackberries are blooming — a sign that danger of frost is over and it is safe to plant a garden (if it’s not too wet).

As winter turns to spring and the temperatures warm up, the change of season has second thoughts and takes occasional steps back to winter temperatures. In these parts the cold snaps have names. The names usually reference the trees, shrubs or plants that are in bloom when the cold snaps occur. The main ones are Redbud Winter, Dogwood Winter and Blackberry Winter. There are many more before, after and in-between.

Now, with the blackberries blooming, we are in for another final cool snap or two — winter’s last gasp. One is in fact occurring as I type. After temperatures in the upper 70’s and low to mid 80’sF (25º – 29ºC) todays high may not even reach 65ºF (18ºC). Another cool snap is predicted for next weekend.




There are six bluebird eggs in my homemade concrete birdhouse. There are usually only five or less.

bluebird house

bluebird house

bluebird house


Pawpaws have been blooming for awhile now.



Wow, eight tiny pawpaws in one cluster! Usually it’s three to five to a cluster.



It’s about time for a spring tonic of stinging nettle tea and greens.

stinging nettle


Mint growing under the satellite dish is looking mighty fine right now.



Clematis blooming amongst pawpaw saplings.



Horseradish leaves look good this time of year before the bugs arrive to devour them.

horse radish


I have managed to get a few things planted in raised beds less affected by the waterlogged ground. Here I have transplanted pepper seedlings which were started from seed indoors. Radishes are coming up around the perimeter.

peppers and radishes


More pepper seedlings, and garlic which has been growing all winter and will be ready to harvest in a month or so. As you can see, tiny weeds are already threatening to take over. When the pepper plants get a bit bigger they will be mulched to stifle further weed growth.

peppers and garlic


Garlic, onions and leeks at various stages of growth.

garlic, onions and leeks


Old seeds which I had broadcast on top of the soil have resulted in random growth of arugula, spinach and lettuces, some of it ready to add to salads. Spent tree blossoms and winged seeds of maple and ash are carpeting everything and making a mess.

arugula, spinach and lettuce


The younger rosemary plant and the French tarragon will soon share the bed with a new sage plant after the older rosemary shrub is removed.

rosemary and French tarragon


I went into the woods to snap a photo of azalea blossoms but most of them have fallen to the ground. They are over, done, finished and so is this post.



10 thoughts on “Taking A Gander Around The “Homestead”

  1. This post made me so itchy to get planting! Your garden grows so healthy, it must have loved your spring rainy spell so far. And bonus bluebird eggs! I have some blackberry bushes (well really they just look like branches…) blooming too. Hoping I can actually get to eat some this year before the birds do. Jerks.

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      1. With a country pretty much the same size as yours with umpteen climate zones the weather is bound to always be interesting. Being on the road a lot is an eye opener to the effects of climate change though. If only there were more farmers in the ranks of politicians in this world eh?

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