Wishetwurra Farm, April 2, 2015

This post was moved back to April 2, since writing yesterday about snow still on the ground seemed too much like a bad April Fools Day joke.

Alas, it’s no joke. Though it’s April, snow remains on the ground.

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Each new snowfall is greeted with, “Well, let’s hope this is the LAST one!”. Here is Wishetwurra Farm in a very late March “last” snowfall, which may or may not have been the last last snowfall. We can dream, can’t we?.

Happily, the white stuff is in retreat. In another week it should be gone for good, leaving only drifts of snowdrops in its place.

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A drift of snowdrops, in the recent “last” snowfall.

Thank you all for your patience during this time when there has been no camera to work with and no computer to send posts from. There are now cameras to use, as the broken ones have come back from the repair shop. A new computer has been on order for a while, and should come soon. This post is written on a borrowed machine.

A month ago, the Sixteen-foot Poindexter Memorial Aluminum Ladder Section was still completely frozen underneath a drift. The drift is gone! Here’s Wishetwurra Farm, from the usual vantage point.

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The “north”. Note exposed section of the Herbert Poindexter Memorial Aluminum Ladder! Last month’s view of this scene was almost all white. Now we see bare ground with but a remnant of snow, just outside the garden gate.

The middle view of Wishetwurra Farm.

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There is NO snow to be seen in this photograph!

Only one patch of snow remains inside the fence.

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The full extent is seen in the Southern View of Wishetwurra Farm.

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In the shadiest corner of the garden (the SW corner) lingers the last (please let it be the last) of this winter’s snow. The melting has exposed a drift of green!

The drift of green is a mass of mache, which the old-timers just called it “corn salad”.

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One of the long-term projects at Wishetwurra Farm is to encourage the growth of “nice” weeds. To that end, we let some plants mature and set seed. Plants like lettuces and arugulas and kales, sometimes others as well. This patch of mache resulted from my shaking a big handful of matured stalks, magic wand style, here and there in the garden.

Inside and outside the garden, daffodils and narcissi are rising from the earth.

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The first flats of greens are underway in the greenhouse.

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Every year, just for grins, and for a possible extra-early first crop, we start some peas in a flat, to transplant as soon as we dare.

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Pea sprout tete-a-tete.

Here and there on sunny days the first blossoms are open.

We haven’t seen any honeybees yet, but are keeping our eyes open.

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Yellow aconite. The flowers don’t bloom for a long period of time, but their burst of color is so very welcome.

And that’s the way it is, April 2, 2015.

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2 responses to “Wishetwurra Farm, April 2, 2015

    • Amen to that! The second round of peas is in, and I’m at last able to start preparing the soil in the beds. The compost pile is still a block of ice.

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