Without the chilly north wind today would be a warm spring day (20 degrees C was forecast) and the light is clear and bright.
Above: olive branches and a blue sky; aloe vera leaves in dappled shade; bay leaves.
Above: left and centre, hopeful signs on our apricot tree which has plenty of flower and leaf buds. It had the same last year but the blossom was killed off by late cold weather at the beginning of March, so we had only one fruit on the tree. This year, I hope the crop will be better. And, right, flower buds about to open on our neighbour’s almond tree.
This morning we collected another trailer full of well-rotted manure for the beds where we’ll grow tomatoes and peppers this summer. We also picked two lettuces and some red cabbage leaves – that’s just about all we can eat from the garden at the moment. The chard and spinach are beginning to grow again after a dormant few weeks in December and January, but need to be left to recover from the cold for a few days longer.