HELEN LANG: It’s spring but still decidedly chilly for some flora

I’ve just consulted the thermometer, and it says it’s 22 degrees, but I don’t believe it.

I decided I was losing my mind.

Sitting at the computer trying to think of something new and interesting to write to you about, I noticed that the lamp shade was trembling … or was it? I looked away for a few seconds and then looked again. Yes, it was very delicately shaking — it stopped — then the shaking began again. Stopped. Then shook again.

Was it an earthquake? There was no longer the huge machine working next door that had caused the shaking a week or so ago. It had gone on to another job. So … what was it?

I couldn’t decide whether to make an escape using the stairs — not the elevator, it might get stuck between floors if there really was an earthquake — or wait until I was certain. I remembered the true story of the elephants who headed for the hills in the Phllipines just prior to a large earthquake.Somethng had alerted them … perhaps a faint trembling?

I went to the TV hoping for information, but the usual family disputes, or love affairs were still playing out … no news of any kind. So I must have been dreaming. Anyone else have the same experience?

 

•   •   •   •

 

The clematis growing outside one window still has those lovely fat buds but no sign of further action.

I guess it’s not quite warm enough yet for it to bloom.

In the meanwhile there are still five of those lovely large orange tulips flowering, (they like the weather this cool) a couple of narcissus, a pansy (in a planter where it doesn’t belong), several purple petunias which survived the so-called winter and  now looking decidedly happy to still be alive.

I’m happy to see them, too!

It is a little desert-like right now out on the balcony but I’ve planted those nasturtiums in hopes of more flowers before too long and if it were just a few degrees warmer I’d be out there seeding those carrots and the three sunflowers I keep promising.

I’ve just consulted the thermometer, and it says it’s 22 degrees, but I don’t believe it.

It feels decidedly chilly to me and I don’t see any burly men jogging by on the sidewalk,   wearing shorts. And most of the women carrying shopping bags have their coats on. I have to keep reminding myself that it is actually spring.

This is rhubarb month and it is now ready to be pulled and made into those delicious pies.

“Pulled” is the way to harvest rhubarb — don’t cut the stalks off, as you are bound to leave a small piece behind, which will rot, and that’s not good for rhubarb.

Although the leaves are poisonous, I am told they may be added to the compost, but I was never tempted to do so.

They fit perfectly well and looked quite festive in the garbage can.

 

Helen Lang has been the Peninsula News Review’s garden columnist for more than 30 years.

Just Posted

Early indications say allergy season could be milder this spring

The Aerobiology Lab collects pollen samples from across Canada to help make predictions

The sun streak continues with a high of 18 C today

Showers expected this weekend so enjoy it while it lasts

Short-term accommodations in Canada generated an estimated $2.8 billion in 2018

British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec generated almost 90 per cent of total revenue

Victoria street repatriated with proper spelling after a century-long mistake

‘Penwill Street’ was named after a Victoria man, but mistakenly spelled ‘Penwell Street’

Royal Theatre rate hikes on hold for now; user groups remain unhappy

Symphony, Pacific Opera, Dance Victoria call for public consultation on future use of Royal

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

POLL: When do you think the next major earthquake will hit Vancouver Island?

According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake.… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Wanted List for the week of March 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Police lock down part of Okanagan city after ‘live grenade’ discovered

An ordnance believed to be a grenade found on Smith Drive between Dairy Queen and Anchor Inn Pub

Dutch police question new suspect in deadly tram shooting

Police are looking for additional suspects in the shooting

Starbucks to test recyclable cups, redesign stores in B.C., U.S. cities

The company also said it plans to redesign its stores as it adapts to increasing mobile pick-up and delivery orders

In pre-election budget, Liberals boost infrastructure cash to cities, broadband

The budget document says the Liberals have approved more than 33,000 projects, worth about $19.9 billion in federal financing

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Vancouver Island cougar might have been shot with bow-and-arrow

Conservation officer service looking for animal near Port Alice

Most Read