Spring days are here! I can see a faint blush of color on the lower slopes of the mountains where red maples are blooming and setting seed, spice bushes are starting to flower, and a general awakening seems to be taking place. The grass in the lawn grew a few inches this week, but the garden is a bit slower. Lettuce seedlings are still quite small, but the peas have come up strong. Hythe was in the garden with me looking at everything that was coming up and I noticed a short row of strange looking peas. He, of course, told me that they were not peas but funny beans that he planted – and I remembered that we planted a few fava beans there. Well, those are up too. The garlic has grown a little, the onions a lot.
In one of my other garden places, I am enjoying some wonderful daffodils that I planted (with Hythe’s help) in the fall. I took recommendations from an article in Taproot Magazine by Erin Benzakein (you should check out her site – it is beautiful) this past fall. She suggested a few specific varieties of spring flowering bulbs for cut flowers, which I ordered from Brent and Becky’s Bulbs. The double flowered is called Bridal Crown. It is beautiful with small flowers and the fragrance is amazing. I cut a few and put them on the table and every now and then catch a whiff . . . heavenly. The other blooming now is called Pink Charm (I think). My goal has been to plant enough bulbs that I can have cut flowers inside as early as possible. I want to enjoy flowers outside, but want to have enough that they can also be enjoyed inside.
Not garden related, but Hythe has been a little daredevil on a bike lately. He rode down our dirt road on a kick bike the other evening and William nor I could keep up with him (and he couldn’t stop). It was a bit scary because he was going so fast that if he wrecked he would have been hurt (not to mention if a car had been coming up the road!). We had no idea what he could and would do. So, he has a ban on riding on the dirt road again until he has proper padding and has one of us at the end of the road to stop vehicles coming up when he is riding! I took him, Steven, and a cousin to a pump track in South Asheville instead – so he could be a daredevil a little more safely. Also, I love how he rides his pink, flowered, hand-me-down bike with pride!