Garden Journal

Entries in spring (19)



Throughout April, nearly every day I spent a few moments enjoying the cherry blossoms. Here's what I looked at and photographed this morning for .... at least 20 minutes, according to the camera time stamp:




Viewing sakura (hanami) is always sweet but especially this tree because it's in a very strategic location: in front of my workplace so I walk by it coming and going. A bit of beauty, grace and resilience to begin and end days that are "messy" (unpredictable at best) in the middle.


Balcony garden progress report

Growing and/or blooming this past week:

Tulip 'Mount Tacoma'_3113_2

The tulips have peaked and are waning but white Lewisia (seen in background) is still blooming strongly with many buds yet to open.

Lettuce, Mesclun, 'Monet's Garden Mesclun'_3137

Lettuce is getting lush. I nibble on a few leaves every time I water it.

'Garden Candy' Cherry Tomatoes_3132

'Sungold', 'Sweetgold' and 'Supersweet' cherry tomatoes have been soaking up the sun.

Garden Westie_3105

And Piper has been keeping watch over all.

So what's up in your garden? Please share surprises, successes, disappointments and/or lessons learned.  Like sharing a meal with family and friends, sowing and growing together is more fun than gardening alone.


Are white flowers like vanilla ice cream...?


White blossoms: 'Mount Tacoma' tulips & Anemone blanda

...A classic favourite that people return to even though they may try other flavours or colours? Tonight I'm going to commit to white -- yes, even though I love to see and eat a bright rainbow in the edible garden, I prefer white blossoms on ornamental plants. (But I may change my mind to sunny yellow if we have a lot of dull, rainy days later this spring. And of course I love the pink of sakura & 'Angelique' tulips...ok, so much for decisiveness at 10 pm.)

Although a gradual succession of bloom would be ideal -- and 365 days of spring would also be lovely --  ALL the white blossoms decided to fully open today. So of course I had to take a several gardening work-breaks to enjoy the show.

Lewisia cotyledon forma alba_2967_2

Anemone blanda weaves its way through tulip leaves.


Tulip 'Mount Tacoma'_2910

'Mount Tacoma' tulip. The snow-white flowers are like double paeonies.


Lewisia cotyledon forma alba_2944

The rock star, Lewisia cotyledon forma alba.


I'd love to know -- do you have a favourite white flower?


What's up on the balcony? (Part 1)

Baby Leaf Lettuce, 'Heirloom Cutting Mix'_2809

My little garden & indoor seedlings have been keeping me busy all week so I haven't had time to write a formal Earth Day post or read many of the thoughtful ones that have been published so far this week. (I feel a bit embarrassed to confess this -- though I also believe we should live with the same earth-consciousness every day, not just on April 22nd).

Here's a record of what's up on the balcony. (The kale is growing steadily, too, but the true leaves are still too tiny for an in-focus photo with my camera.)

The dates show time of sowing/germination/photo. All information is from Renee's Garden seed packages & web site.


Broccoli Raab_2937

Broccoli Rabb, 'Super Rapini'
04 apr / 08 apr / 22 apr
"This robust & rich-tasting traditional Italian heirloom is a quick-growing cool season favourite. [It] produces an abundance of deep-green leaves & tender shoots topped with tiny bud clusters."



Greens - Renee's Stirfry Mix_2932

Greens, 'Renee's Stirfry Mix'
04 apr / 08 apr / 22 apr
A mix of Red Mustard, Mizapoona (a cross between Mizuna & Tatsoi), Pac Choi & Asian Red Kale. Baby leaves can be harvested for salads.



Radish, 'Petit Dejeuner' _2929

Radish, Breakfast, 'Petit Dejeuner'
04 apr / 09 apr / 22 apr
"These crunchy beauties are brilliantly bicolored with the upper two-thirds bright cherry-red & contrasting pure white tips."



Lettuce, Baby Mesclun, 'Cut and Come Again'_2806

Lettuce, Baby Mesclun, 'Cut and Come Again
02 apr / 07 apr / 21 apr






Lettuce, Mesclun, 'Monet's Garden Mesclun'_2773Lettuce, Mesclun, 'Monet's Garden Mesclun'
01 apr / 06 apr / 21 apr






Lettuce,  Baby Mesclun Salad, 'Paris Market Mix'_2771

Lettuce,  Baby Mesclun Salad, 'Paris Market Mix'
01 apr / 06 apr / 21 apr




Baby Leaf Lettuce, 'Heirloom Cutting Mix'_2820Lettuce, Baby Leaf, Heirloom Cutting Mix
02 apr / 07 apr / 21 apr


Earth Day Dance

Broccoli Raab_2937

While I was taking photos for my next blog post, I noticed how joyful the seedlings seemed to be with "arms" outstretched to the sun -- perhaps an Earth Day salutation or dance?