summerhouse enveloped in it's fragrance of damp earth and rosemary. Perched around are the first auriculas, and I see some forced tulips are pushing through their pots as well. The red cabbage Kalibos and Brussels sprouts Red Ball have germinated, but the celery, Giant Red, is taking it's time. Seed packets are organized and lists are being made..when to plant what, followed by this or that. Meanwhile, the ladybugs have hatched, and are climbing all over the glass roof panes, and searching through the speedy veg..... but they won't find any aphids there I sincerely hope.
Outside, the cold frames have done their job, working like a refrigerator keeping the plants started in the fall, alive through the winter. Now that days are lengthening, I see some perkiness. Three hardy greens our family enjoys are tatsoi, spinach and mache. These are just waiting their turn to leap.
Well, time to go back inside and perhaps start more seeds, but at the very least, sit back and let the sun shine on my face....away from the beetles of course.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Can you see the salt marsh to the right? Well under that cover of ice, is a rich and abundantly nourishing area where the fresh water from land above, flows down to meet the river bringing with it all kinds of tasty food. I suspected we might see a lot of bird activity but Oh My Gosh. On that day, the list included, Canada Geese, Bald Eagle, American Kestral, Buffleheads, Loons and Merganzers. A week or so ago, Suz saw a vulture and yes, she showed me the photo and it was definitely a Turkey Vulture. So rare here in Nova Scotia, which makes me wonder how did this bird manage with all this snow? The marsh is a treasure, as all marshlands are, and how lucky they are to have it in front of their home. Better than watching television!
So we sat inside, looking out through the door: