A good year for iris, which are some of my favorites.
Don Juan is the first rose to bloom.
Oddly this year, first came the daffs, then some tulips, then the crocus, and now more tulips.
Seeds update. Great germination from the sweet peas, also the calima bush beans were almost 100%. Some of the squash are up and getting true leaves. But the tomatoes have barely made an appearance, the peppers not looking spry, and nothing on the tomatillos or the indigo. Have since sown more indigo, cucumbers, zucchini/courgettes, herbs and flowers.
In the garden, my neighbor gave me a sack of sprouted potatoes so they went in. I checked the early reds and found only a very few with eyes showing, so I replanted those and composted the rest. So much for early.
Onions planted last weekend. Mostly the local ¨chata¨ which are a little squat, but great keepers, and some regular Spanish onions too.
Peas are up, lettuce thinned twice. You can see the nasturtiums that overwintered on the wall. I´ve tried transplanting volunteer seedlings, but they all seem to die.
Breo ¨helped¨ thin the carrots, so they´re uneven but coming along. No sign of anything resembling a line of parsnips. Seriously considering planting peppers here and trying the parsnips again early fall.
Ripe strawberries. Two of them! That´s one more than I got last year. Birds must be busy doing something else this year.
And the currants are showing fruit! Is that early?
Found ants had set up housekeeping in the bagged soil. Made some worm tea for the seedlings.
Hoping to get the panels for tomatoes up this weekend. Scapes on the garlic have to be cut and made into something delish.
In ¨Sprung¨ news, Breo has been limping on and off since January so we finally took him to the animal hospital in Lugo for x-rays and a diagnosis. We´re told he has a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in his knee (ACL). This is apparently quite common in large, active dogs. He´s taking anti-inflamatories. Surgery is expensive, but left alone the joint will get arthritic and since he´s only 4, that hardly seems fair. So, he´s scheduled for surgery in May and we will have to think of ways of keeping him absolutely quiet, no jumping on furniture, no racing to bark at tractors or passersby. Any suggestions would be welcome.