Gardening in sunshine and breezes.

The picture below shows clearly how I’ve kept one of my Elephant Heart plum trees (far left) to about half the size of the other, by my prunings over the last few seasons. I don’t know why that is, but I seem to have continued the trend today. I pulled on my jeans and was out with the loppers before breakfast, because my gardener-helper was coming and would be able to clean up after me.

The north side of my garden is especially shady on this winter day, but it is a sunny and drying-out kind of day in any case, in the midst of a series of also welcome waterings. Everything is damp, and the sunshine drew out the scents of all the plants that we were trimming and cleaning up: a little bay tree in a pot, rose geranium, lemon. Alejandro said that even the fig branches gave off a pleasant smell where we sliced off a few branches in our team effort to shape that tree.

I found a flower on the fava beans, and buds on the azealea. The strawberry runners that I staked into the soil have taken firm root under the rice straw that is now so sodden that we threw it out. I hope it’s true, what those “old-timers” predicted when they saw the lizards last summer, that we will have a mild winter.

But the midwinter of 2018 was mild, prompting the fruit trees to bud early enough that they got frosted later on, ruining at least the plum crop — at least, that’s what Mr. Greenjeans, my youngest old-timer friend, told me.

I hated to stop my gardening this noon; I never get my fill of seeing the new buds, and pine boughs waving in the breeze – but A. and I both had tasks elsewhere to tend to. As the days grow longer there will be plenty more work to provide us with happy times in the dirt and leaves and fresh air. Every day in the garden reveals change and new beauty.

6 thoughts on “Gardening in sunshine and breezes.

  1. So lovely to see a panoramic view of your gorgeous ‘new’ garden. I love the structure of it – the busyness, and the negative space of the gravel that rests the eyes. Beautiful!

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  2. You don’t mention the temperature but I’m guessing it was a very mild day. I hope your fruit trees are not fooled into budding too early. Your garden looks very neat and orderly.

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  3. Your garden is so beautiful. I do think the time we spend outside with the plants is so restorative and levelling. I feel so close to God when I am out there surrounded by the creation of his hands!

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  4. The succulents in the last photo are so amazing! If I lived near, I’d ask to barter one for some of our chicken eggs. And our plum tree was affected last year by a late frost, too. None. The summer of 2017 however, we had SO many plums! Hundreds.

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