Today I was cutting back and cutting up raspberry canes in prep for this summer’s harvest. We really miss the dozens of daily raspberries we harvested all summer last year.. .I’m hoping these cuttings made today root so I can share them- I cut canes so that each cane has 2-3 buds underground ( in plant pots in the yard) and at least 2 above the ground. I expect to have at least 50% root so I can plant them around the outside of the cottage fence and/or give to friends – contact me if you’d like some. As always – first come first gifted to…. I expect about 20 – 50 cane pieces to root and am so happy to share them. this year I am re-using last years photos until some thing exciting happens ( canes are just twigs in dirt for the moment) but will update with new photos soon. However, we are still harvesting from the gardens – today we dug up some sun-chokes and picked some fresh spearmint-growing in a tree pot for lemon mint tea.
How about our weekend gardening trip to Petaluma?
We were heavily inspired to start early gardens by out visit to the Petaluma Seed Bank visit which we had over the weekend. see inside the seed bank. Please see our next post for details.
If you are local to grass valley and you want me to save you some of these canes let me know: www.springhillcottage.com
If are not local to grass valley and you want to stay at the cottage for a visit, also let me know: www.springhillcottage.com.
Lilacs in Grass Valley at Cottage
This year is a raspberry wonder for us! Everywhere you look fresh raspberries abound. The fence, the trellis, random support poles, tomato cages and the outside gate are all fair game for the raspberries that have made their home at Spring Hill Cottage. (see photos below) Fragrant and lush, our variaties are primarily thornless and range in color from golden yellow, to salmon to blushing rose. As far as flavor, they are all most delicious, fresh from the stalk, with golden sunlight warming your shoulders.
See Spring Hill Cottage garden raspberry photos below:
Favorite way to eat them? With fresh unflavored yogurt, or if I’m feeling really decadent, I go for layered greek yogurt, raspberries and whipped cream.
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Just photos this time – so many good times this summer… these were all from an Ice Cream Sunday Party one Friday Night in July. Summer is moving to fall and the pool is now just 74 now–so I’m looking forward to next summer – and to the fall colors we hope to see from the peach and plum trees. Next summer I promise to take more photos
its soo relaxing to have a back yard bon fire – we used a firepit that a friend brought
Everyone always loves this pool – deep and has a light!
Yachting in the backyard pool with kids! Always fun to swim or paddle in circles!
The Pool inspires relaxed conversations, smiles, and wet kids and parents
It’s finally here! Summertime! Ok it’s May 6 but the pools is in the 80’s and there’s all kinds of fun to be had!
The Clematis are glowing up the fences
Plants from the nursery are waiting for planting and cheering up the den at the same time!
Happy cosmos attract honey bees which also help pollinate the fruit trees
view of child safety area near pool and the gorgeous skies that are part of everyday life at the cottage
Event the shady area in the front of the cottage burst forth with blooms!
Spring is here. Grass Valley is catching up to the rest of California with plums in bloom and daffodils smiling. The green house is full of trays of soon to be seedlings and the temperatures are in the 50’s and 60’s. The primrose’s are bursting with color, while the first dandelions have expressed their cheerful hello’s to the front yard. We covered the pool at Spring Hill Cottage, with its solar cover to start the spring warm up, and it will be a big week in the orchard with moving compost, mulch and the last of the big fruits and small berries to fun and sunny places in the garden. We’ll be adding annual veggies and flowers in succession as they mature in the green house on Mosswood Lane. Stop by, say hi, and join us for our 1 annual plant giveaway on u our May 11 Open house! See you soon!
Daffodil and Collards
Spring Blooms at Spring HIll Cottage
Gnome with ‘shroom
Plum Bloss at Spring Hill Cottage
Mulberry wood after snow melt
Pineapple Guava near wood chip pile
- eye level plum blossums
Plum brnach angain rainy sky
Snow Sled at Spring Hill Cottage
Spring Hill Cottage and Gardens got SNOW this week! This is a big storm that is winding its way across the country leaving a blanket of snow on mountains, deserts, lakes, rivers and forests. Here it was big enough to make it look pretty, and little enough to not have to shovel. In Grass Valley it normally melts off in a few days, so we’ve learned its ok to leave alone. I took some pictures of the new gardens and orchard with their very first snow dusting. Cottage Garden in first snow photos are kind of like a baby’s first steps I think. The parents think its wonderful and the rest of the world in just kind of indulgent. So thank you for indulging me…
Snowy Rose Bush at Spring Hill Cottage
- Welcome to Spring Hill Cottage in the Snow!
sled in front yard at the cottage
Our new mini orchard in snow
Spring Hill Cottage Pool in winter
Stone wall, fence and pool in snow
Wooden Board Fence Corner with pines in Snow
Snowy Garden Shed at Far Corner of the Garden
Spring Hill Cottage Garden Wheelbarrow in Snow BRRRRR!! Spring is coming soon!!