So where's the snow?

Muddling through life from Austria to Wales; God, life and a small black dog

Bullfinch eating dandelion seeds!

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Yellow Lungau

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After the heavy snow this winter, we have the yellowest May for a long time. OK, its a sign the hay fields need re-sowing, but I love Dandelion time!

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Such a windy dry spring!

Spring here is always at a breakneck speed as the Lungau catches up with the rest of Austria! This year, before Easter we had strong winds laden with snow that didn’t lay, and it’s still windy now. We had the late snow which didn’t hang about, thank heavens and I think only the cherries might have got frosted. Certainly the apple blossom is stunning, today the petals were being blown about by the aforesaid wind.

The weather direction has been from the North and indeed, north of the Tauern mountains and Obertauern, there’s been plenty of rain, but like the snow its got stuck there and we’ve had token rain, but everything is so dry, I get shocks off everything! The grass is well behind what it should be, but nothing stops the Dandelions!

I’ve seen a few mutant dandelions again this year. Dave reckons its snow damage. This beauty will have four heads when it flowers!

Now its flowered!

And then,and I’m not sure what these trees are, lots of them are carrying normal leaves on one side and the others are laden with seeds like in this picture. I’ll find one if full leaf soon and know!

All signs of unusual weather, or a reaction to the cold, windy winter? What do you think?


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!!!!!!!!!!!


Mutant Dandelions!!!!!

We spent some of the May holiday hacking off the local bee population by grass/dandelion cutting, and I found several of these freaky thick stemmed mulitple headed freaks.  I expect its a result of frost damage to the plant, but crazy aren’t they?????