It has been a nice long winter. Skiers have had a great time. The grizzly bears at the top of Grouse Mountain are just coming out of their dens and being welcomed by 10′ of snow. But we are in Canada, and we don’t like to complain. With the official start of summer fun set to begin next week with the May long weekend, the cold weather holding on is getting tired.
We kick off the summer with a holiday on a Monday that is meant to be a celebration of the Queen’s birthday. It is not a sombre event, mind you. If the Queen meant us to also fondly refer to this as the May 24, (in reference to 24 beer – per day or for the whole weekend is optional), then we are all on the same page.
So here are a few pics and commentary of life around my garden. It is a bit unusual not to have strawberries already. I love nothing more than to send taunting pictures to my family in Alberta and brag – but not this year!
Chives seem to do well anywhere. I have 5 clumps and that seems a bit much. I just don’t have the heart to dig some of them out and cart away like a weed. I have found a recipe for chive pesto with potatoes. That will be on the table tonight!
Pack one half cup each of chives and parsley. Add to food processor with 2T nuts and 1 clove garlic. Pulse and with the motor running on low, drizzle in 1/2 cup olive oil. Transfer to a bowl and mix in 2t lemon juice and 2T water. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Here is the state of my poor little strawberries! At least a month away from ripe fruit. And that supposes good weather from this moment on, which is not what the forecast says.
This little guy doesn’t know his place. It is most certainly not to be in the middle of the path like this. I worried about raspberry plants in the beginning. I carefully
tended the plants that were given to me by my mother in law. The reason she was giving them away was, as I now know, they are like weeds! You have to be ruthless to try keeping them in line.
And here she is – my cherry tree. For all her glory, I just wish bore fruit! Alas she is only an ornamental. Once the pink blossoms cover the ground like snow, she only gives us shade all summer long.