It’s a beautiful morning here in Nova Scotia, though I believe we’re to get some rain later on. That’s not a bad thing this time of year when crops and seedlings need a steady supply of moisture. The Annapolis Valley will soon be awash with pink — hundreds of acres of those beautiful apple blossoms that range from the most delicate porcelain pinks to deep, dusky almost-reds. It is a sight to behold.
Right here in my own back yard, the Profusion Crabapple has a very flattering blush of reddish-pink already. It’s early by at least a week to 10 days this year, despite the cool, wet weather we had in March. If the warmer, sunny weather we’ve had of late holds, there should be an explosion of colour around town this weekend — magnolias are already in bloom, forsythias are almost at their peak, and then there’s that glorious wash of emerald green that carpets the town and countryside, not to mention all those dandelions! I hope to get out and about over this long, Victoria Day weekend and take some photos. Weather permitting, of course.
This is a weekend for planting and tending — the Victoria Day weekend seems to signal that it’s okay to go ahead and make your garden plans, given that the risk of frost has passed. Cottages will be opened up, barbeques hauled out of storage, hammocks hung, quilts aired, picnic hampers filled, soil turned, plants bedded…all for the first time this season.
Could there be a lovelier, more highly anticipated time of year?