Tuesday, May 02, 2017

the week the crabs bloom

I had worried that last week's overnight frost killed the crab apple blooms. The buds stayed shut. They seemed unhappy. But I know now that it was only their petulant protest against the gray, cold, wet days.

Today the biggest of the crabs relented and so you will have the start of an Ocean week where I profess my great love for these trees! It is a magnificent display!

Now all we need is the sunshine and the ascent to May-like temperatures. We're promised that this all will happen tomorrow, but in the meantime, it's not so bad out there! Or, we want to believe it's not too bad and so after breakfast...

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... we are outdoors. In jackets, yes, of course, but we get right to the weeding and chipping that has been on hold for more than a week now.

(Another grand bloomer, though still on the young side: the new peach.)

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Timing in a garden is important. Some of the loveliest scenes come around when two well matched plants join in unison and bloom their hearts out together. This year, the daffodils came early and the purple lilac is coming in late. They wont be completely in sync, but to me, it'll be close enough.

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And of course, the view toward the crabs is fantastic!

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It's really hard to believe that just a month ago we lived in a sea of browns!

When I pick up Snowdrop, she is, predictably, hungry for a stroller walk. And I'm okay with that, but I move quickly. It's still so cold today (mid 40sF, so about 7C)!

But when we finally drive up to the farmette, the sun comes out! Just for a few minutes, but it's so welcome!

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Snowdrop is instantly drawn to the tulips (she is good at identifying the basic spring flowers by now). I look up to see her climbing the rocks to the flower bed.

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Go ahead and admire them, little one, only do not pick.
She pauses, trying to decide if I mean it. I suggest an alternative: you can smell them!

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Do tulips have a pretty fragrance? I don't know. But you can ask Snowdrop!

Evening. Have I told you how beautiful out crab apple pathway is this week? (From the kitchen window...)

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The sun sets late...  8 p.m. today. The sky is clear enough now that I can see it out the west facing window.  So much beauty in one day! Incredible.