I am writing this early March 2010, filling in the gaps so we can start keeping a proper garden diary as we go from now on.
Here is what happened in 2009.
I was off to a good start. Just for once, I actually had my seeds ordered and ready in time. Even though the weather was miserable much of the time I had started lots of bedding plants and made some headway with the spring cleanup.
Every year I swear that this fall I will leave the flower beds in perfect order, so we will wake in spring to tidy perennial beds weedlessly sprouting new growth, in a perfect design too. Yeah, right, who am I kidding?
Oh, and did I mention that we had some trees cut down, so we have piles of branches everywhere? And that I want to start lots of extra bedding plants for the farmers' market, and transform the veg patch into a square-foot garden, with tidy cribbed-in beds and mulched pathways?"
Not complaining, just grumbling. Then, just when I was starting to hit my stride, I suddenly had to leave.
My dear mother died, as unexpectedly as that can be at age 93. I had to go to Holland for the funeral and to do the eulogy as promised. It was good to be with the siblings. More on the trip on the general blog.
In contrast to home the season in Holland was way ahead of itself. I got there on April 30. It was warm, everything that could bloom was blooming and the trees were fully leafed out. Delicious!
Once back home I wrote this: Kootenay gardeners should NOT take 2 weeks off in early May. This trip was necessary and good for the soul, but oh boy, are we paying for it now! In a way it was good that we were still a full month behind normal.
The forsythia finally bloomed, for the first time ever! It had never yielded more than a few reluctant flowers. Merciless pruning seemed to have done the trick. But come on, May 20?
We made a trip to Kelowna on May 20 to buy some building supplies. This slope near Lumby was yellow with those wonderful Balsam Root spring sunflowers, that normally bloom late April/early May.The yellow in this field is flowering dandelions, and note that chilly-looking sky.