So where's the snow?

Muddling through in Austria; God, life and a small black dog

Garden time -the Iceman cometh!


We’ve been enjoying a heat wave here (sorry UK folks) and everything is starting to grow at last.  Its one of the best years ever for dandelions, there’s a field near Neggerndorf which is pure yellow, I must try and photo it!   I mowed our neighbours grass yesterday, loads more mutants and I blatted them all!  The Apple trees are just coming into bloom and they are so heavily laden.  How much of this is a reaction to last autumn or the hard winter?

Most people haven’t put their balcony flowers out yet, they’re waiting for the last visit of the Ice man.  Now this seems to be an Austrian thing as it was on the Salzburgerland weather forecast last night.  We’re due a couple of days of rain and then-1c at night. This happened last year too, we even had snow – trouble is he came again in June with more snow.  It really set back the courgettes, so we’ll fleece them even though they’re not germinated.  I got so twitched after last year that I’ve left everything too late!  I’ve even got emergency seedlings on the window sill.

Once the Iceman has gone,I’ve got the red cabbages, ordinary cabbages, sprouts, leeks and broccoli to plant out.  I bought them from Dave’s garden centre, at 13 cents a go you can’t really lose!  My sweet peas have germinated, I’ve got them in an old barrel with old lilac twigs to grow up.  The idea is to hide the greenhouse from the swingseat!  I’m tying Verbena in the other barrel and Begonias in the old wooden wheelbarrow.  I feel so blessed that this year, thanks Lord!  I have the time and energy to do so much more in the garden.  I should be out weeding now, but I hit my big toe with a door at work yesterday and the nail is only 25% attached, no way am I kneeling down -ouch.  Maybe I will just need to bend from the hips!!!!!!!!!!!

Author: annarashbrook

English Ex-pat living in Austria, Christian, blogger (of course) writer, photographer, dog owner!

2 thoughts on “Garden time -the Iceman cometh!

  1. Good luck with your gardening this year. I live in New Hampshire and our apples trees have just dropped their blossoms. They bloomed a full month early as we had a very mild winter with little snow.


    • It’s great to hear from you! I’ve just had a look at your blog and its fascinating. Your Violets are blooming the same time as the lilac, here they finished about three weeks ago. Interesting, we have exactly the same species of butterfly feeding on them! Here we have the Lily of the Valley just coming into flower too, but the local name is Maybells. Our Lilac is a few days off blooming, I think once this cold snap goes everything will accelerate! We had a very hard winter this year, but it was fantastic for photography and Cross country skiing!


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