The pile awaiting an empty yard waste bin has grown. Today was the day to trim the salal. Salal is a native broad leaf evergreen shrub that was growing here on the property when we bought it. We have "tamed' it a bit to be where we want it to be. In the native forests it will grow to ten feet. We don't want it to do that here, so just before it starts to bud out, we cut it back.
Yesterday I transplanted seedlings of tomatoes, marigolds, zinnias, cosmos, asters, and sunflowers, while Tom organized the greenhouse and worked on his geranium cuttings. I checked in the greenhouse this afternoon to see how they all looked.
Yay. They survived! It was a tedious job transplanting all those delicate little seedlings and you wonder if they will even make it, but Tom assured me that I was doing a good job, better than he usually does. When you give a perfectionist a tedious, painstaking job, it involves some slow deliberate work, and a bit of grumbling, but if they actually grow, I'm happy to help.
While I was out with my camera I found a few more things that are emerging or have come into bloom.
More clumps of trillium.
a red Corydalis
There was time for Tom to have a nap before dinner. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, I prepared Bangers and Mash.
That's cider steeped brats, Yukon gold potatoes mashed with sharp white cheddar cheese, cabbage with caraway seeds, and a salad of herb greens, fresh pear, dried cranberries and blue cheese. (My plate was smaller, since I didn't work very hard.)
I hope you all had a pleasant St. Patrick's Day, with no pinching. For those of you not yet living in a green world, may the ice and snow soon depart and leave you with a spring in your step and warmth in your heart.