a young man’s fancy may lightly turn to thoughts of love, but an old lady’s ruminations center on her garden, at least mine do. So many ideas! Always that “triumph of optimism over experience” or even commonsense……..
I am happy to say that the two plum trees that Paul and I planted in the summer of 2007, his last summer, have made it through their second winter and one has a bit of bloom on it which I would photograph if we were not having so much rain this afternoon.
So many things are in bloom or at least bud. The redbud tree which is hidden behind a huge Norway spruce near the deck is now all in beautiful lilac bloom and the lilacs themselves have huge buds. Snowflakes, daffodils, pear and apple blossom, bridalwreath bloom and acres of violets decorate the world, along with much much more. And every day is more blessedly green. This is such a delightful satisfying time of year. The year is on the uphill slope, and I am part of it!
I am in the midst of babysitting for Nathan for two weeks which is fun, though an adjustment in time management, never my strength. Today I only went to pick him up from school when Alice called that she was coming home, probably for the afternoon, because the rain made her work impossible. (She had been planting outside at Crown Point – http://www.crownpt.org – the CSA we both belong to.)
This is a small picture of Alice at work in the greenhouse. I could only get this size because of some technical/mental difficulty! She has been transplanting thousands of baby plants since last week, but is now outside when it isn’t too wet. This morning she planted artichokes which had been tricked into thinking they had already overwintered outside.
On his arm is the tail end of a henna tatoo of a dragon which his mother’s friend Aniko gave him last time they were visiting Aniko and her sons Elek and Tamas. I am curious about Aniko is doing now with her new venture into chicken raising! I hope I hear soon.