Today in Canada is a holiday deemed “Victoria Day.” It is meant to commemorate Queen Victoria’s birthday, which actually happened on June 20th, 1837. I have no explanation for why it is now celebrated in May, but everyone is always happy to have a holiday, whether it is warranted or not.
The Victoria Day long weekend is the traditional time for Canadians to plant their gardens. My garden is generally ready for planting a couple of weeks earlier and that is when I usually stick the seeds in the ground, but this year Spring was late in arriving, and while I had planted peas, lettuce, and potatoes already, I did plant the beans yesterday. It was a good thing I did, because today it is pouring rain, so they will get a good start on life.
On the left hand side of the photo you can the teepee where my Scarlet Runner Beans will climb. Beyond that are two rows of peas that are already 4 inches out of the ground. The bunches of green in the center of the garden are delphiniums and the green row that you can see on the lower right are my strawberry plants.
The garden is enclosed in a high fence to keep the deer and bears out of it. The fence, of course, didn’t protect the two plum trees within, that are now dead due to too much rain and a hard winter. Two of my young apple trees, also within the fence, are still alive, but most of their tops are dead. We are about due for a good growing season this year, so let’s hope we get one.
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