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May012018

Yay, May.

Excuse the silly title. But really - yay, May! It was a long, cold winter. I´m glad it´s over. We´ve reached the low point somewhen at the end of March when we had a power outage all night, while it had a balmy -17 degrees outside. And then we went from deep winter to summer in about three days. Anyway. I´m sorry I´ve been gone for so long. Thank you to those of you who have reached out. We are all good, animals and humans alike. Winter is finally over. Yay, May.

I´ve taken pictures of the garden for a while now, with the intention of posting them here. But then I never got around to doing it, so this post is a picture dump. One million garden pictures in one, two, three...

That was about a week ago when the apple, cherry and plum trees were all in full bloom at once. I don´t think this has ever happened before while we lived here. Probably caused by the summer-y temperatures...

I´m so bad with spring bulbs*, I´m always so garden-tired in late autumn when they should get planted. But a few have found their way in my garden. *The bed the white tulips being an exception.  

We got a new hammock. I love it. We had the old one for about five years and it had become very shabby in a not-good way.

This is in the walled garden. You´ll probably only get to see detail shots from this area this year. Last week I took two days off and basically destroyed the walled garden. It had become terribly overgrown with asters and bishopsweed. It needed a complete redo. I´ve made a master plan with a new color scheme and ordered new perennials and I think it will look very pretty eventually, but most likely not this year. We´ll see.

Ludwig and Bruno are doing fine. Having two dogs is fun, but exhausting! We had planned to go on a road trip to Croatia at the end of May, but we´ve cancelled everything because I just feel like this isn´t the right thing to do now with Bruno. He needs to settle in just a little more before we can go on big adventures. I feel like this dog had enough adventures for a while. I don´t know. Or maybe I worry too much? Anyway we´ll go on a four day trip to Munich and we´ll see how that goes. Baby steps.

The "tree" beds have developed nicely. Very happy with how they look.

We got new chickens! And a rooster! And a new fence so that Bruno can´t eat the new chickens/rooster. The rooster is named Willi. He is beautiful and huge. The new hens are... well not the same as the old gang. I still miss them. Lore in particular. I´m sorry, new-hens-who-haven´t-even-been-named-yet. You are beautiful. 

You can see the new fence in the pictures above. It´s the same model as the one we already have on the one side of our land, just a little lower. We had planned and budgeted this for this year before we even thought of getting a second dog, but it´s a happy coincidence since that whole "Bruno is chasing the chickens again" shenanigans was getting a litte old. Also on the upper picture you can see our blooming quince tree!

Things are progressing in the veggie garden, but it´s still early days. Also, the lilac is blooming. Everything is blooming! Crazy.

Congratulations if you made it to the end! Happy May!

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Reader Comments (8)

It's good to see your garden again, it's looking well established now with sweet nooks and crannies, like around the trees, against the walls and behind the rocks etc. The quince blossom is beautiful. I'm looking for a new tree and will google to see if it would fit my small garden. The dogs both look handsome and healthy. Ludwig will enjoy having a friend to play with and Bruno must be so happy to have a safe, kind home with good boundaries. Sending hugs and ear rubs to them both. Happy spring to you all!

May 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSally

Lovely pictures, thank you for sharing them here. And I agree: Yay May! This winter was absurdely crazy (too warm, very cold, too long!) and I am sucking in every ray of warmish weather and glimpses of sunshine. Yay May!

May 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

The garden looks great, really like the new fence. This winter has felt too long, really tired of rainy cold weather, I hate being cold and I like our house best in sring and summer when the draughts are a bit more welcome! also one of my dogs has really aged this year and is on medication for her joints so the cold does not help her, iit is nice to see her lying in the garden in the sun..You know I think you are doing a fantastic job with Bruno and he will get better with time, I have many memories of me being in tears over our dogs when they were young, and pouring over dog books and deciding with Rob what we would do about it! I look at themnow and would love to turn the clock back.....Yay May, things can only get better from now on...surely!xxx

May 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHelen

May I ask where you purchased your hammock? I love it!

May 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterShilo

Such nice pictures, beautiful colours and lovely arrangements ... These spring pictures with its more cautious vegetation are showing the structure of the garden very impressive.
I'm really glad about your post and as well really looking forward to the upcoming gardejing season. Thank you for sharing!

May 2, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterVeronika

I could almost smell the apple blossoms!

May 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Thank you! We miss you when you're gone. Garden looks lovely and is giving me good inspiration for my garden here in Virginia in the US. Especially the dry creakbed.

May 3, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterKevin

Thank you all!

Shilo, the hammock is from Urbanara!

May 22, 2018 | Registered CommenterKatrin

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