Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Let me share with you this beautiful first day of spring in the Berkshires...

It's too beautiful for words ... the breeze is gentle and warm, the smell of moist soil suggests that you might want to get out the rake and remove the dead leaves that were protecting the plants during the winter to see what's hiding underneath.  There's probably new shoots anxious to sunbathe and grow. Pictures taken around 8 a.m.

How (deceptively!) ugly plants and gardens can look this time of year!  Just look at mine ...

It's my Comfrey Herb covered with it's protection from last year.  Looks awful, doesn't it?  But it smells like there's new growth underneath.  I'm going to go out and rake it when I'm done blogging!
This is a chive flower surrounded with new chive leaves.  Guess we'll be having mashed potatoes for dinner tonight.  How about one of our home-grown chickens with home-grown mashed po's & chives and a nice fresh, spring salad.  Sound good?
These are leaves from one of my poppy plants.  Hard to believe that this little thing will be full of HUGE, orange flowers in a few weeks.

                                                       Fresh, spring Yarrow leaves
                                                            Lamb's Ear peeking out
                                                                  Baby Columbine (Honeysuckle)

DO YOU LIVE IN THE CITY?  No room for a garden?  Why not do what the Italians do?  Garden on the


Enough of being on the computer!  I'm going outside to clean my gardens!

Saturday, March 17, 2012


It looks like it's going to be another gorgeous day in the Berkshires ~ wishing you all a happy and blessed 
Saint Patrick's Day!  May he look down from Heaven and guide your footsteps safely home.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Your Virtual Garden Spot


 Ahhhh...the breeze is so nice and the sunshine so bright here in our own little New England shire of the Berk!  Today I've decided to reward my good little plants who have been trying so hard to cooperate with me all winter and survive their jail-pots.  

Look!  A brave Lemon Balm (above) is sending out some new leaves today.  It just can't resist this gorgeous sunshine...
 Can you see the new leaves on this little Tea Rose that I got last September?  I'm so happy that it's still going (I am notoriously bad at keeping Tea Roses alive.)
 And this is one of my many dormant Lavenders, holding back on turning green for another little while.  Wonder how long they can hold out~
With just two days of sunbathing, the Tuscany Rosemary is shedding its winter blues and raising its leafy arms in a happy stretch towards the sun it loves so much.
But with just two days of sunbathing, the flatter, Majorca-type Rosemary seems to have produced new shoots!  Just look!

 The tough little Feverfew is always one of the first herbs to brave the weather and get some leaves sprouted.
OK, nothing showing with the Anise Mint yet.  Let's give it another week or so.