These are a few of my favourite things – Spring

Golden Hornet Crab Apple in full bloom

Golden Hornet Crab Apple in full bloom, keeping the rampant Borage company

Spring is such a wonderful time of the year, particularly for gardeners. This is my first Spring at the Convent and it is wonderful to see both the old plantings and the new spring into life, particularly my misgivings and the forebodings of the damage that the vicious Winter frosts could inflict on my new garden.

Last weekend was the first Convent Spring Retreat. My friends are always welcome but by setting aside special dates each season, it makes it easier for them to co-ordinate and plan when we can all get together. It was a wonderful extended weekend supplemented by Verve and Moet and also co-ordinated with the wonderful Kandos Hootenanny. The Convent is now much more comfortable being painted and with carpets in bedrooms, curtains and polished floors, as well as some furnished rooms, however guests are still mainly on air beds. Unfortunately the Convent plumbing was a tad overwhelmed with supporting more than one or two residents, although the roses are flourishing with the unpleasant results.

The garden is springing to life and I’m seeing the results of my planting as well as now more heavily planting out, particularly with the impending Kandos Gardens Fair, which has the Convent as one of the gardens on display (although positioned as “in progress”).

Wild asparagus spear - amazing to watch spring up each time

Wild asparagus spear – amazing to watch spring up each time

Remember a recent post when I said we had been gathering wild asparagus? Much to my delight, yesterday I noticed three spears coming up from the scavenged “crowns”. As they were old crowns, the spears are thick and generous. I’m now hoping for a bumper crop. Amazing when I think of how woody and dead they looked a few weeks ago. I think the pony poop is beginning to work wonders.

I’ll now show some of the flourishing garden residents as they are now beginning to make an impact and make the garden such an interesting place to visit each day.

Flowering Quince - this is a real, fruiting quince, unlike some of the ornamentals I have also included in the garden

Flowering Quince – this is a real, fruiting quince, unlike some of the ornamentals I have also included in the garden

The Lavenders (together with catmint and thyme) are bushing and flowering along the back garden path

The Lavenders (together with catmint and thyme) are bushing and flowering along the back garden path

The lemons and limes flanking the back garden path are covered with new growth

The lemons and limes flanking the back garden path are covered with new growth

Sugar Snap Peas - we feasted on these a number of times. They will be a regular garden and menu feature.

Sugar Snap Peas – we feasted on these a number of times. They will be a regular garden and menu feature.

Alpine Phlox making a splash as a ground cover in the old bobcat tyre tracks

Alpine Phlox making a splash as a ground cover in the old bobcat tyre tracks

And the white primulas have flowered their hearts out

And the white primulas have flowered their hearts out

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The Freesias have been a delight under the Catoneaster. I hope they multiply next year

One of my all-time favourites - Aquilegia - and my favourite versions in blue

One of my all-time favourites – Aquilegia – and my favourite versions in blue

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