Sowing in late winter…

…or is it early spring?

The best time to plant some of these seeds would have been two or three weeks ago, but I was otherwise busy on the mild days, and when the weather turned colder I wimped out. But this week, at the end of a day when the sun was shining and my hands didn’t hurt from the cold, I was able to organize my thoughts and my packets enough to get some seeds into the ground. The rain has returned, blessed be God, and has watered them thoroughly.

Calendula plants and stock are growing in a couple of places in the garden; after the hardest winter battering, the stock are covered with little flower buds. The lemon tree having been pruned to a less gangly form, it’s showing off its dozens of fruits to better effect. I love the two plum trees! If they never produced another plum, I’d still count them well worth having, for the way their blossoms brighten these cloudy days and remind me that every hour brings us closer to summer.

Working in the garden through only the late afternoon made me incredibly happy. When I came in the house I could only pray “Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

It’s been quite a week, indescribable for the most part, at least, in the way I would prefer to write about things. My report must be vague: The days have been full of friends, those Lenten services that are characterized by bright sadness, and the mercies of God new every morning. Mostly I came here to write about my garden that He uses to bestow on me His also indescribable gifts…

Here ends another day, during which I have had eyes, ears, hands
and the great world around me. Tomorrow begins another day. Why am I allowed two?

-G.K. Chesterton

17 thoughts on “Sowing in late winter…

  1. Feasts, friends and now time to spend in your garden readying it for the spring and a summer bounty of salads and pretty flowers – a fulfilling time.

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  2. Those seeds will grow into a delicious salad, hopefully. It’s nice you could get out and plant them and feel refreshed in the process. My planters once uncovered of the snow will reveal what should have been done in late fall. Hope you have a sweet Lord’s day.

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    1. Thank you, Ellen!

      It truly was an act of faith to plant the lettuces, because I don’t even like to eat salad when the weather is at all cold. I’m surprised that I even bought seeds for lettuce this year, because I’m always thinking it’s not worth the trouble.

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  3. Gardening can fill one with such joy and an awareness of the goodness of God. I’m getting eager to plant a few seeds, perhaps this week or next.

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  4. Your Renee’s Garden seed packets are visual poems and must be a beautiful encouragement to haul them out and put seeds in the ground. Such a hopeful time of year:)

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    1. Jo, You are so right about those seed packets. I don’t think I’d have tried the Silver Rib Chard last year, to give just one example, if I hadn’t been drawn in by the artwork, and it is now one of my favorite things to grow.

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  5. Of course it’s too early for us to be sowing anything (there’s still a lot of snow about) but just the idea of going through the seeds I have and deciding what to buy fills me with happiness. I’ve never grown stocks, I wonder if they would do well here.

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    1. I so love the scent of stocks, which remind me of my grandmother. She used to grow them every summer in a border next to a long flight of steps going up to her front door, and they are always connected in my mind to those blessed weeks we would spend with her, always full of exotic sensory experiences like that.

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  6. Oh my! That lemon tree. I would die, it’s so wonderful! Your garden looks terrific and I’m loving your seed packets. I long for weather fine enough to plant SOMETHING. ANYthING!!!

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  7. Time in the garden is always time well spent. And you just reminded me that I wanted to get some seeds in the ground before the next rain arrives – which I will do right now. I love plum trees, their blossoms are so beautiful. We used to have a plum tree at our old house, but sadly it burned in the Tubbs Fire.

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      1. Thankfully we had moved to a different neighborhood a few years before the fire, but it still was sad to see all the burnt trees at our old house that was no more. The landscape at our new house was mainly lawn which I replaced with drought tolerant landscaping, using a lot of native plants. It is an ongoing process. My goal is to have a habitat garden.

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