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Tuesday
Apr182017

A cold Easter.

Easter is my favorite holiday and I always get terribly disappointed when the weather doesn´t cooperate - like this year, sadly. It´s so so cold! I can take the capricious April weather (we need the rain after all), but I am having a hard time getting used to wearing winter coats again. Anyway this Easter was mostly spent slaving away in the garden - we finally got a robotic lawn mower and it took forever to get the garden ready for it, and it involved lugging around lots of stones and soil and on Easter sunday I might have had a little meltdown because I was just so exhausted but anyway we got the roboter (we named him Fred) up and running yesterday evening so all is sort of well. Maybe I´ll write about Fred in detail another time, it´s quite the saga, and maybe helpful for other people?

(Fun little Fred story: All our precautions notwithstanding, Fred managed to fall head-first in our little stream today, and when I came and rescued him he displayed the cutest/sadest error message "steht auf dem Kopf" which literally translates to "standing on my head". Aw Fred, I like you already). 

Despite the cold the garden is very slowly evolving. In the walled garden, everything takes longer than elsewhere because we only have had sun in here for a few weeks now (it´s a Northern exposure and in winter the sun disappears behind the house). Anyway look at that tulip, I have never seen anything like this, so elegantly wrapped! I´m curious to see how it develops. 

These pictures were taken a week ago or so but you can still go ahead and marvel at the fact that my daffodils are just starting to bloom when they are already done most anywhere else (we folks from the East have proper winters, you know).

My tomato babies don´t like the cold, no surprise here. I am trying a new approach this year where I put them out way sooner than in previous years in the hope that they toughen up a little more (another nice side effect being that not every inch of my house is covered in baby plants). We´ll see how that goes. So far they´ve grown maybe half an inch in two weeks but they do look happy and healthy, so there´s hope.

The light is really nice though these days. I like this picture. Particularly because of the clothespins.

Bonus picture that doesn´t really fit in with the rest, but I love forget-me-nots so much and have been trying to get a decent photograph for years, and this is the first one that I really like. Have a happy post-Easter week! 

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Reader Comments (7)

Katrin, that Fred story made me laugh out loud - what a cute message, and you described it so well. I've never heard of a robotic lawnmower, only robotic vacuum cleaners, so I'm interested to meet Fred and see some photos of him in action.

The clothespin photo looks like a candidate for enlargement and framing. :-)

April 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCatbird Farm

The forget me not photo is absolutely beautiful. I love reading about you going into spring as it gets cold here and I am about to pull out the tomato plants before winter. I also hadn't heard of a robot lawn mower and about to google it. Love Ludwig looking alert, smelling the air for the scents of spring perhaps!

April 18, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Maybe the forget-me-nots needed a dark background to help us focus on them. It is a pretty picture.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

The weather doesnt cooperate :) das mag ich. Ja grausig .. gestern morgen hat es hier geschneit.. jetzt freue ich mich aber ├╝ber strahlendes Blauer Himmel Wetter ..

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSusannes

A good Idea to take Fred as your little helper. Maybe with the help of Fred
you can sit a while in your garden instead of working all the time.

Like to work early in the garden but it is very cold here in NL too .....
We just have to be patient ......it will get better I hope!
Love your pictures! The Muscari and Forget-me-nots and Ludwig of course!.

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterInkiemulder

I've never heard of robotic lawnmowers either, would love to hear more and of course see some pictures too :)
I can totally agree that work in the garden can sometimes feel like slaving away, but when you take a step back and look at the result, it always pays off, for me at least (maybe my fiancee would disagree sometimes :)). Keep us posted how the things go with the seedlings, I would like to try too, my windowsills are now full with tomatoes and peppers. All in all, you have a wonderful garden!

April 19, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

I just made the forget-me-nots the screensaver on my phone. (Hope you don't mind.) Mine won't be appearing here in Montreal for at least another month. And they are so beautiful!

April 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterJoanne

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