April 2021 River picnic, pickles, and blue bells

Quick Sunday visit to see how the river is doing. It was nice and sunny but the breeze was chilly. On Monday morning, there are snow flurries, so Sunday seemed even better in hindsight.

I also opened a couple of pickles… kosher dill (that I cut into spears here) and the other is a thin sliced cucumber pickle with thin sliced ginger, pickled with cardamom and star anise. Yum. The kosher dills are too salty. But I will work harder next time to get the brine rinsed better.

These fields of blue bells (ok, not really a field, but a massive swath of a garden) are just up the street from my house. They are so lovely and the bees are loving them so much that I have to put a picture in here —but they are NOT in my garden.

April 2021 Hyacinths and tulips and a kitty tongue

There are several clumps of hyacinth, and doing well. Two of the happiest bunches are these –one by the front fence and one in this bed where I have a new stone (boulder).

By front fence.
By the boulder (except you can’t see it here….).
Here is the boulder in a picture from a few days ago.
These are the ones near the front fence.
These are the ones in the back. I am trying to figure out if they might be different varieties. I ordered them and planted them and I have no idea if I got different ones.
Also near the front fence are these tulips —“peony style tulips” –if they perform as they did last year, they put on quite a show, with a long run. Here, below, is one that looks like it could burst.
This is a flowering almond hedge/ bush a friend gave me (Prunus glandulosa ‘Rosea Plena’).
I don’t remember the kind of these frilly tulips, but I am glad to see they might do well this year. They didn’t do much last year. The red with variegated foliage really came on this year from last. So many more plants and so many more blooms. They must really like it here.
And to round things out, here is Claribel sticking out her tongue at all of us.

April 2021 Apricot blossoms, hyacinth, tulips, and a kitty

I have actual blooms. Things are blooming. It feels like we are well into spring here, and I am still nervous about another snow.

And the tulips and hyacinths are starting. These are the very early tulips, and they are shorter than the ones that come later.

These last little darlings are the ones left in the bowl by my neighbor. I think I’ve found a good spot for them. They are happy enough this year. Next year will be the real test.

And, not to disappoint, here is a happy kitty who drooled on the keyboard.

April 2021 Kitties and a note about Cup-and-Saucer Vine

The kitties have all been enjoying the weather; we have suddenly sprinted into spring. I still wonder about the possibilities for sudden fall back into chilly weather.

Here is Martin Frobisher, who decided he needed to stretch out on the mail. There were other available (empty) chairs.
Happy Sidney on the quilt outside. I had been lounging on it too.
Fluff looks slightly demonic here, but I’ve noticed she often does in pictures. She is noisy and demanding, but definitely not demonic.

This is a picture of Cousin from last summer; I’ve put it in here to maintain his dignity. The next picture of him is very funny but not very dignified. I had been petting him and with the static and all, his hairs are all slicked back in a very odd way.

Well. Yes. And he is sticking out his tongue and he is actually getting ready to bat at me with that upraised paw. And clearly he has been putting his nose in places it wasn’t wanted. There are two little scoundrals in the background too.

Garden Updates

I tore out the leftover detritus of the Cup-And-Saucer (vine?/ flower?) plant (Cobaea Scandens). AND I was very pleased to find a complete seed pod that rattles like it is full of seeds. I am especially happy about this find because somehow I didn’t save any seeds (or at least not that I’ve found), and I don’t seem to have the packet or the leftover from last year. Here is the flower on the plant from last summer.

I didn’t quite realize what it was going to try to do (as a climber) so I will be planting it in a quite different spot this year… if the seeds I found work. I will put them in some seed starter soil inside and see how that goes.