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Saturday, 21 March 2009

Nature's Way

I have a presentation to prepare for Tuesday; I should be reading papers about the value artists bring to the community. But I've been stuck inside all week, still as a dammed river, so when I went into the garden to hang laundry I stayed for longer than I intended and found everything getting on with the business of growing.






19 comments:

Kim Ayres said...

It never takes long for nature to reclaim the land

PI said...

'Dammed river' - ah I see:)
What are those things at the top looking like rampant bishops?

scarlet-blue said...

Is it rhubarb? At the top?
I love this time of year... until I realise that I need to do the gardening.
Sx

Eryl Shields said...

Kim ~ yes, yet it always amazes me.

Pat ~ they do look like rampant bishops! But they are merely the emerging shoots of lovage.

Scarlet ~ I love doing the gardening, though I'm not very good at it. Not rhubarb but lovage, a very useful celery substitute for adding base note flavouring to Italian cooking.

savannah said...

what a great day for you, sugar! i'll have to look for that plant for our garden. my bff and i are going to build a green house and raised beds in her backyard!!! she's already started to compost, so we're excited about our first crop this spring/summer! xoxo

debra said...

It's lovely to see green emerging!
It is starting to happen here, too.
Not quite warm enough to hang laundry yet. Maybe tomorrow.

Eryl Shields said...

Savannah ~ you must be able to grow all sorts of wonderful exotic crops over there with all that sunshine. Best of luck with the building, it sounds like it will be a lot of fun, doing something like that with your bff.

Eryl Shields said...

Debra ~ we must have crossed there! Is it really warmer here than it is there, I'm amazed? I got my first load line dried last week and, tragically I know, found it rather thrilling.

The World According To Me said...

Eryl, Eryl, how does your garden grow? With silver bells, and cockle shells, and pretty maids sitting in a row, row, row!
(I think that's how it went!)

PI said...

TWATM: pretty maids all in a row:)

Eryl Shields said...

Nikki ~ if only!

Pat ~ :)

Conan Drumm said...

Lovely. The rhubarb's jumping here, the wild violets are out, the daff clumps are blazing yellow in the meadow, the clematis is budding fit to burst and the huge maple is about to flower. One glorious week brought everything on.

Eryl Shields said...

Wasn't it a wonderful week, Conan? Weeks like that make everything alright.

Coffee with Cathy said...

Great photos! Thanks so much for sharing -- hope your presentation goes well. Could you just take everybody you're supposed to speak to out to your garden???

Mary Witzl said...

I had lovage back in my garden too, once upon a time. (Sniff!) Here, I have pots with parsley and coriander. For once, at least, I can grow real coriander...

Good luck with your presentation!

Eryl Shields said...

Cathy ~ if only...

Mary ~ I try growing coriander every year, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. Oddly last year it was ok. You will be able to grow chillies and aubergines and all sorts of fantastic stuff now.

The presentation was fine, no one bit me at least!

PI said...

I didn't fully appreciate your plants and am quite envious as they are totally new to me. Well done;)

Kanani said...

Those are so exotic! I love the succulents. I have a pots of them on the front step. Every so often I dump water onto them --and in the spring and summer I get wonderful blooms. I'll have to take a photo soon.

Eryl Shields said...

Pat ~ I don't suppose you are as envious of my garden as I am of yours, x

Kanani ~ You have a much better climate for succulents than I do, I don't know how these ones survive here, but I'm very glad they do.