April shows its teeth

A monthly diary of activities and progress in Susan’s Garden.

Photo heavy, text light, following a natural timeline.

Green strawberries and red lettuce

Green strawberries and red lettuce

April wandered in on the promise of March’s beautiful spring sunshine. It didn’t take long to show its teeth: wind from the north, temperatures plummeting; rain. Rain!! At last!!! First one spring garden party date washed out, then another pushed back. Poor Susan - 35 of her closest friends now had to wait until May for the ginguette.

The fig tree bursts out

The fig tree bursts out

Then the wind turned to the south, bearing Saharan sand and turning every surface yellow. And finally, during the night of April 25, it hit: Flash! Kaboom! Flash!kaboom! Cats! Dogs! Driven into the ground by the relentless wind, lights flickering, then off.

Marigolds, the garden’s natural protectors

Marigolds, the garden’s natural protectors

But the garden soaked up the moisture thirstily and the gardener took her chances when they were presented. Finally, between showers, in some glorious evening sun, the potager shimmered and strutted and showed off its rapid progress.

April 5th: Caned! Raspberries, beans, peas brought in line

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April 9: She went to mow a meadow

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April 18: A burning desire

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