Saturday, April 30, 2011

April Showers, Flowers, Feathers and Fir

Fragrance, flowers and foliage abound in our springtime garden,

but perhaps my favorite bouquet from Friday is this, 3 pounds of wonderful,

plus mildly flavored Radish 'Zlata' (Poland) and Lettuce 'Yugoslavian Red'; planted too late in the fall to put on fruit, but wintered over and surprised to the upside is our first head of Cheddar cauliflower. Yes, blossoms are upon the tomato 'Cherokee Purple'.

New birds to the garden the past several weeks: Townsend's warbler, goldfinch, varied thrush, male and female, purple finch, red-breasted sapsucker, band-tailed pigeon, and a magnificent osprey.

(be sure to enlarge the bird photos)

After all the cold, wind and rain we have had in the Pacific northwest, we may actually (finally) have a sunny weekend, or so they say. Our list is long as it generally is this time of year, but priority rules the day.

Clean the outdoor gazebo, floor, chairs and table in anticipation of outdoor dining
Continue weeding
More trimming
Harvest more lettuce
Water and feed vegetables in the hoop house

The sun is out, our call to the outdoors, and we hope your day is an enjoyable one. I wonder what this visitor is doing in the bird feeder.