Saturday, June 4, 2016
Someone hit the "pause" button on our spring. The temperatures in the mornings have been in the high 40s (F) and the days have been cloudy and damp. This is weather we could call, using our favorite BBC meteorological lingo, "disappointing."
The garden seems to be waiting for warmer and sunnier days. I have been eagerly anticipating the blooms on our nigella, or love-in-a-mist, the "carroty things" that grew up of their own accord around our garden steps. Most of the flowers are still tight little round buds.
A very few have finally opened.
We're in a race against time, because the plants came up in such a stupid place. They surround the only steps we can use to access the lawn. Any time we go up on the grass, we have to step over them and hope Olga can weave her body through without causing harm.
We managed to keep six plants alive long enough to (almost) bloom, but then Olga broke off two just within the last week or so, bounding up the steps to chase foxes or squirrels. Those nigella casualties now live on our windowsill in a vase.
The rest are still at the top of the steps, where I've put in stakes to hold them up. We all want spring to come back again!