Wishetwurra Farm May Futurities

There’s nothing like a slightly ambiguous title to start a blogpost!

Nothing about spring is here-to-stay, but that’s what makes spring interesting, every single day.

It’s middle of May, the daffodil flowers are going away.

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Everyone likes a nice daffodil — even the slug and the snail.

This morning I scurried around Wishetwurra Farm, working on outside chores as rain threatened. Eventually the clouds spritzed and spat, dribbled, and then came the steadier raindrops of some nice little showers. Before it got uncomfortably wet I toured the premises and took a few dozen photos.

Care to come along for that tour?

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The flower-framed mud room entry. Magenta of chinese redbud on the left, and apple blossoms on the right.

Yes, it’s apple blossom time…

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This year we actually got the dormant-oil spray done on time. Maybe we’ll get apples!

Around the back are our two big beach plum bushes.

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Beach plum blossoms cascade toward the kitchen window. That red-topped, UFO shaped feeder is a frequent stopping place for our ruby-throated hummingbirds.

So what if we’re getting old…we still plant trees.

This year’s tree is an “Aromatnaya” russian quince.

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Two men (me and a friend) took an hour to dig and prepare the hole for this little sapling. In two or three years we might see a quince or two.

A plum tree we planted three years ago is now blossom-covered.


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Perhaps we’ll see a plum this year?
Stay tuned.

In the row of currant bushes, sprigs of pale green saucery flowers hang down.

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From sprigs to strigs. The pendant “bunches” of currents are called “strigs”. https://thetompostpile.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/strig-along-with-me/

We pass the peonies, which are stretching up fast.

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Peony bud. Wishetwurra Farm.

All of this activity is dedicated to the future.

There’s so much to see in the middle of May.

So much to see, and this post is already full.  Ten photos lie on the cutting room floor. These culled pictures are all from inside the garden, where we’ll go for the next post.

¡Hasta luego, en el jardin!



3 responses to “Wishetwurra Farm May Futurities

  1. I’ll look forward to the progress of your garden. Thanks for the lovely spring photos!

  2. Funny thing – now that we are middle aged, we plant trees too, and often say – jeez, we hope we live long enough to see this tree in it’s very mature glory. We also have two stand of trees on either side of our old farm house – a pine grove and a cedar grove – that were planted 50 years ago by the previous owner. She passed on at the age of 95 and we are grateful she planted. We hope someday someone who loves this place as much as we do says the same about us.

  3. You have beach plums! No way! I did not know that anyone else knew about them. I got seed from New York a few years ago, but I really do not know what to expect. Our region is (or was) famous for stone fruit, but I have never seen a beach plum before.

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