A Time to Plant and Tend

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 long-awaited time of year?

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.

appleblossoms

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.

forsythia

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?

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17 thoughts on “A Time to Plant and Tend

  1. I love coming here and enjoying the first blush of spring all over again. LOVELY, Nancy.

    Thanks, Debi — for your visit, and for taking the time to comment. :)

  2. Lovely Nancy…I must make this too brief…big thunder storm over the house and computer is going to be turned off! More later! gail

    Oh dear! Stay safe…though I do love a good thunderstorm. (As long as it’s not TOO close!)

  3. Beautiful, Nancy! I was just out walking Shiloh, and it’s so hot here today that i once again found myself wishing that I lived in Nova Scotia—not for the last time this summer either, by a long shot!

  4. Although I wish it would stop raining so I could get out and plant, some rain is certainly welcome this time of year to give everything growing a good start. Last weekend was Mother’s Day here, which is our traditional date to plant annuals. And today is the last frost date in our area, so gardening season is offically open! Enjoy those flowering trees this weekend!

  5. Hi Nancy, happy ‘Victoria Day, my friend! I agree, such a happy and joyful time. Time to think about the outdoors in a new way, a place of warm breezes and hammocks! And flowers, imagining an explosion of flowers from the apple trees brings a smile. You must be tickled pink. :-)
    Frances

  6. Hello there Nancy .. this is a perfect post for the long weekend .. and it is a crazy one with all the garden locks UNLOCKED now ? LOL … the garden centers and nurseries are in high gear and I was smart enough to do an early hit and run for soil and a few other must haves …
    I remember some gorgeous days of Spring in NS … : )

  7. How lovely, Nancy. Sounds like Victoria Day is much like our Memorial Day weekend (next weekend). I write from the lake (my head at home with much left in my garden, undone), getting all in order (not really … staining cottage and decks … and capturing boats … docks and hoists in … but 32 degrees tonight … next weekend is work pulling all toghether , then hopefully fun). Wishing you and your dear family a lovely Victoria Day and may all our summer dreams come true!!

  8. What a pretty tree to look at in your yard. As I am writing this…the sun has come out and maybe we will have the kind of day that you are looking forward to. Spring is my favorite time of the year too…so much beauty. Happy Victoria Day to you!

  9. Count me in on the forsythia love, Nancy. You’re getting that Spring you asked for, aren’t you? It sounds as if things will really take off quickly out there. Can’t wait to see yet more Springtime goodies – I am an official Spring Junkie.

  10. Nancy-
    I’m delighted that spring is enveloping your part of the world, and sunshine and rain is supporting flowers and growth!

    Happy Spring!
    Lisa

  11. Love the ready-to-burst crabapple bud, what an unusual aspect of this tree you’ve caught. And, as others of your readers, I’m getting another vicarious early spring, we are already dreading heat where I am.

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