It’s easy to get so focused on all the spring chores that you fail to pay enough attention to the things coming back to life and blossoming. Here are some highlights from the messy-in-progress-chaos-garden.

The wisteria looks like it’s fixin’ to bloom for the very first time! Down near the container:

And up on the wire!

close up for you:

A few snapdragons survived the winter and are blooming again:

Guess I must have put some Johnny Jump-up seeds in here last year:

The Dame’s Rocket is fixin’ to bloom for its very first time after being planted from seed two years ago:

The brussels sprouts never put up a proper stalk of sprouts, but it’s got little flowers on it now, aw:

And of course the most important thing is that the family got built back up again last fall, and now we have Oona! Here she is this weekend at Prospect Park, 10 months old:

and we’re back!

April 12, 2012

Spring, yay! Endless, hard garden chores… no so yay. Nevertheless, it is the resurrection time of year, and we do well to remember it.

Some winter renovations: we severely pruned back the grape vine in February when it was dormant:

Last summer, as you will recall, we began to feel the grapevine was getting out of hand. It not only grew all over the place in my yard, but it began to colonize the next door yard, and it grew all over Mateo’s garden and into Crest Garden Center (they did not manage to sell it, however). After consulting with some of the Italian sages in the neighborhood who have beautiful grape arbors, I learned that you want to prune your grapes way back in the winter, leaving only a few longitudinal branches. I’m not yet confident of my efforts, but hopefully the vine will come back better. This is how much stuff we pruned:

This is the stuff after we broke it down and bundled it up (hard task. took two mornings’ chore time!), and yes, that is the blackberry vine leafing along the fence:

The perennial garden is coming back – some of the thyme made it, but some didn’t. That lovely blue plant on the far left is phlox. And look at how big the lavender is getting on the right:

The tomato beds are finally cleared of grapevine debris and weeds and should get planted pretty soon:

Here is what happened to the broccoli that I never got around to picking, oops: