New growth

There is something deeply satisfying about seeing new growth in the Spring. Maybe it is the sight of pretty flowers or the feeling that new life is waking up after the long winter sleep.

I have a strange sense of surprise when my plants come back to life. It doesn’t always happen. Sometimes there is damage or complete ruin from some kind of winter kill. I am filled with pride when there is vigorous new growth. When something dies, which is not so common, I look at the empty spot as a place to try something new.

Every so often, the empty spot, is ever so sad. It appears that my asparagus patch is gone. For anyone that has grown this lovely Spring vegetable, you know, it takes a lone time to get it established. 3 years before you cut the first spear. But, I am going to try again. Now that I know I can do it, I will be more careful about tending the plants throughout the season. And I’m picking a new spot, and I’m going to grow way more of it.

These photos are from the front yard of my house. The apple tree is out my bedroom window and is the first thing I see every morning. These lovely tulips are just below the tree. 9 years ago, the apple tree was very small, about 3′ tall. Now it’s 3 distinct varieties and arms stretch wide and tall. If the blossoms are to be believed, it should be a great crop this year.

To have a garden in the front yard is to be completely different. We have taken away most of the grass, save for a small stretch out front of the fence, beyond the property line to the sidewalk. And even that, I have dreams of planting with food crops. I have long wanted to plant kiwi’s along the fence. (Apparently they can be grown in the Vancouver area).

I have a well established fig tree, started at about 3′ with one single stem. Now it branches out on several main trunks and stands much taller than my rancher house. My son and I enjoy the figs as fast as they ripen on the tree, so it will be some time yet before I can make preserves.

In my stash of seedlings nestled under the grow lights, I have 4 artichoke plants. Last time I tried them, we got a few years of production. Then we had a really cold and snowy winter and the plants died. So again, I have learned that when the reference books tell you protect your plants over the winter, I should probably do that.

And on the process goes. There is always something going on in the garden. Even if it seems like only the weeds are the productive ones. Everything in turn, has a time to shine. After all, weeds are just plants where you don’t want them to be.

3 thoughts on “New growth

  1. I’ve been getting those same feelings watching the buds burst on the trees. There really is a sense of renewal in the spring. Funny how we had the warmest winter and spring on record here in the east. Although without the snow a few of my bushes bit the dust. I guess they like to be covered.

    But a fig tree. OMG, I am so jealous of the temperate zone you are in. I guess I’ll have to make do with the market figs. Thanks for an uplifting post.

  2. Speaking of new growth, we were in Arizona last week and people grow rosemary bushes just like we would grow potentilla (which hasn’t started to sprout here yet.). I thought of you and your rosemary every time I ran my hands over the leaves.

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