Spring and Gardens

The calendar says it’s Spring. The trees are leafing out, and the fruit tree’s are showing the promise of blooms. But we’ve had a really cold start. Like right now the temp is at 50 degree’s.

We used to garden, but now we just do maybe some tomato plants. Still, this time of year brings out the itch to get out in the yard. A few years ago we made our first trip to Washington DC and then down to Virginia. The trip was an experience in American history and one of my favorite stops was at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. I wasn’t aware of the extent of his interest in horticulture until that trip.

His gardens boast upwards of 250 vegetables and 170 different fruits. It’s said he wasn’t afraid of failure and experimented with different plants and seeds. He believed that ‘the failure of one thing is repaired by the success of another’.

I read an article about the new seedless varieties we have today and that if we didn’t experiment that instead of going to the market and selecting Golden Delicious, or Fuji or Granny Smith, we would have one selection called ‘apples’.

Thomas Jefferson was a man that thought outside the box. His gardens and home are a testament to that. The New York Times published an excellent article on Thomas Jefferson’s garden in June 2010.

Wishing you a happy spring and if you’re so inclined happy gardening.


10 responses to “Spring and Gardens

  1. The gardens at Monticello are wonderful. I have an apple orchard that has many heirloom apple varieties, two of which were and still are grown at Monticello…Esopus Spitzenburg and Newtown Pippin. Jefferson was a very interesting man.

  2. Great post, Lavada. A little sunshine for our day. I think I love Spring and Autumn better than Summer and Winter. I guess I like the seasons of change. My husband still grows a garden, with more produce than we can eat. I start the season excited for that first bucket of produce he brings in. We see a lot of buckets before the growing season is over, so maybe I’m not quite so enthusiastic by the end. 🙂
    Happy Spring!

  3. Karen, we live on the west coast so it was are first visit to Monticello. If we lived closer I know I’d want to go often. He was an interesting man certainly a think outside of the box guy.

    Laurie and fellow Pacific NWer. Spring has certainly been slow in coming this year. Makes the sunny days all that more precious.

  4. Monticello sounds gorgeous, Lavada. Weather here in UK has been a mixed bag so far, but ventured into the garden today ever mindful of Thomas Jefferson’s advice ‘the failure of one thing is repaired by the success of another’. Not being green fingered, there’s more evidence of the former in my little patch 🙂

  5. My first itch to get my hands in the dirt has been scratched! Fred Meyer had all sort of annuals on sale recently so I have planted three hanging baskets so far. I’ve mowed the back lawn and will be mowing the front, perhaps today. And I’ll be getting my waterbed garden ready to plant the seeds for green beans. I love to go to the garden shops of all the stores and look at all they have to offer. If I had the money my yard would like a ‘Better Homes and Garden’ showcase of flowers, shrubs and of course a huge veggie garden.

  6. Spring here too. I take great delight in checking the garden every day to see how things are growing. We grow veg as well as flowers; yesterday the potatoes and broad beans went in and we spent this afternoon doing the hanging baskets. Always makes me feel positive. We keep saying we will open a little garden centre when we retire. Whether we will is another matter.

  7. Valerie J. Patterson

    We have had a grape arbor, apple trees, a mulberry tree, and two peach trees (1 male, 1 female) and had the best ever produce. One peach tree was struck by lightning and both trees had to go. The apple trees went last fall, and the grape arbor has been gone several years now. The mulberry tree still produces huge, luscious berries, but the birds get a majority of them. Have two pears trees out back now and have had a banana tree in the living room. Would love a pomegranate tree, but am afraid the hubby would toss us both out! 😛

  8. Ah Tricia, I’m with you so I liked what Jefferson had to say too.

    Linda, I’m not doing much outside this year because of some impending surgery and the recovery but I do want to plant the patio planters. Your post made me want to get to the nursery.

    Kit, I read the garden post at your site and enjoyed your pictures. A garden center sounds like a fun project and depending how you did it, it could be seasonal leaving you with time to travel. How long until retirement?

  9. Valerie, Hi. Sounds like you might be ready for some new plantings. A couple of years ago we had to take out over 100 flowering cherry tree’s. They were the talk of the neighborhood but got a fungus that would have taken thousands to prune and spray and it would have to be done on a regular schedule.

    We took them out and put in ornamental pear trees, no fruit. And we put in only a fourth as many the cherry trees.

  10. I have a totally brown thumb. I love, love flowers but I kill them. Very sad about that. I have killed cactus and silk flowers, too. BUT I love Monticello, too. Such a beautiful home as well as grounds.

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