First thunder of the year.
We went out just after six this morning, it was still way below 0C (32F) and there was a thin layer of frost on most things outside. But the sun heated up the air rather quickly so the walk was very nice anyway. I could hear a few cranes from the lake, this has been a bad year for those following cranes here, the spring came too late so they passed quickly to get to their nesting places further north. There are still some Black Grouse out on the bog and when they stopped for the day the forest doves took over.
I started picking up all plants that have spent winter in my cool cellar. I do that with plants that either are too young and small or at the border of what they can manage climate wise. They spend their first three winters in the cellar and after that I’ll plant them in the garden. It’s a bit tricky to let them stay in the cellar during winter, I either give them to much or to little water. Both are wrong and will kill the plant. Most things seems to have survived this year though except for all small Magnolia kobus plants. It looks like all of them are dead but on the other hand all Magnolia acuminata has survived instead.
The Black Walnut does look good too so that one I’ll plant somewhere in my garden this year. I also moved one of my Osage Orange trees in the garden. The deers had walked on it, my dog had too and I had also stumbled over it a few times 🙂 But it is alive even if the stem and all twigs were broken. Now it’s placed in a much better spot so I hope it will like it there.
We hadn’t come far on our second walk when thick heavy clouds came but since they only drizzled some we continued out in to the forest. I have to admit that I got a bit surprised when I heard thunder. So we turned homewards again even if that one rumble was all we heard. It’s never a good thing to wander around in the forest if thunder arrives.
It’s time to make a pot of tea and then I’ll head upstairs to see the last (for the season I hope) episode of Merlin. After that I think I’ll get outside again doing some things in the garden. This is how spring should be, not too cold at night, not too warm during the day and I like it if it continues like that for quite some time 🙂
Have a great day!