April Mid Month Meanderings

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This post was cross-posted over on the Urban Farm Hub. Definitely stop by the site and look around. It is chock full of interesting, useful & inspiring information!

I love orange tulips!I love orange tulips!

April in the Pacific Northwest! The daffodils are gone. The tulips are blooming. The trees have all budded. The aspens have opened up. The damp air is starting to warm slightly. There are so many changes and yet they are often hard to capture in a photo as they are still small. Small changes that can go individually unnoticed but together pack a powerful punch. The Collective Awesomeness of April!

Contorted Filbert budding outContorted Filbert budding out

SpinachSpinach

Baby lettuceBaby lettuce

Peas!Peas!

RadishRadish

Garlic looking good!Garlic looking good!

Lavender RedbudLavender Redbud

Blueberry bloomsBlueberry blooms

Columnar AppleColumnar Apple

Grape budsGrape buds

Cool black clover around the bambooCool black clover around the bamboo

Pretty!Pretty!

Native Plant Area

I haven’t shown you this part of the yard yet. I haven’t done any clean up here yet this year but it is quickly coming to life! When we designed our yard we chose to surround the deck & patio area of our yard with native plants. We wanted low maintenance and a calming, natural setting. There was an existing very large and old Madrone tree in the corner of the area and we added in Vine Maples, (beach) Strawberries, Columbine, Bleeding Heart, Nodding Onion, Sea Thrift, Red Osier Dogwood, Red-Flowering Currant, Serviceberry, Kinnikinnik, Salal, Oregon Grape, Evergreen Huckleberry, Bald Hip Rose, Fringecup, Sword Fern, Mock Orange, Maidenhair Fern, and Deer Fern. The plantings are still young, but filling in.The patio we had made from recycled bricks that we got off Craigslist from an old building in Ballard neighborhood (of Seattle) that was torn down. The Ladyfriend dutifully removed the mortar using all kinds of sharp instruments (and only needed to make one ER visit for stitches!) The patio installation was done by Scott, owner of Sea to Sky Landscaping. It turned out stunning don’t you think?

bricksBig ol’ pile of bricks–after they were more than half done (2007)

bricksPatio @ completion and before planting (2007)

Pretty! Poking its little head up!Pretty! Poking its little head up!

Madrone treePlants along the edge of our recycled brick patio. I love the Madrone tree in the corner. Messy, but awesome!

Serviceberry, Indian Plum, Flowering CurrantServiceberry, Indian Plum, Flowering Currant

madrone treeCorner by the madrone tree

img_8192Another view

Between deck and patioBetween deck and patio

Serviceberry & dogwoodOther side of deck with hanging recycled windows & Mock Orange, Salal & Sea thrift

Mock Orange, Salal & Sea thriftServiceberry & dogwood

Well, that is it for this month! I transplanted a lot of starts outside this week and am hoping they take off. Stay tuned for next month when I’m sure the edible landscape will start perking up!

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