another springtime

The garden, which is largely full, still finds room for a few fresh herbs, a perennial or two split and moved from the garden of a friend, and some volunteers to be named later….  Every day, spring through frost is a bit of an adventure in the gardeners journal, something reveals itself in the morning light and a mystery is solved.

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I have planted two bags full of lily bulbs less than a month past though for the life of me, i can’t remember exactly where. I have a garden length row of either beautiful yellow evening primrose, or a similar leafed purple flowering weed, I can’t be sure until flowers emerge and by then the weed will have worked so hard to bloom, I won’t remove it until its cycle completes.

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I tried labeling things, but the raccoon babies found the popsicle sticks irresistible and moved quickly onto the cucumber seedlings. I do not try and protect the garden from those who sample bits and bites. I prefer by far their continuing visits.

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And as is true, I grow a fine flower garden, my veggies were always a struggle. We have a farmers market twice weekly that is full of great organic choices, some of the best fresh fruit and veggies find their way within the 100 mile radius and I have grown happy to purchase and wander through.

I moved to a perennial garden which takes less care when the frequency of summer bear visits and the distance to the house made weeding less and less a commitment. This way, when little brown and little black come through, we are all good.

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So here we are, spring time, things are growing, things are wandering, water flows, and cycles renew. These are my lessons of gardening in the shuswap, make a plan, let the plan go and then follow the lead of those who know best. Trust your instincts 😉 and listen to community. You are no less, no more, but a part of the whole.

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