しがつ … The 15th of April … A Working Day in the Garden

Since updating the “March in the Garden” pictorial
a few weeks ago,

… life has begun to emerge in the garden beds.

A few sights on the 15th of April …

Halcyon

The first appearance of  ‘Sum and Substance’

and the ‘flicker’ of  ‘Fire and Ice’.

Forsythia

The exquisite pattern of Fritellaria

New displays of Iris … in the Water Garden

にしきごい …

Kurosan ponders life’s vicissitudes
just beneath the surface of the nishikigoi’s pool …

The main task in for today is to check the health of the emerging plants …

Here, thin tines of a metal plant label are used to gently clear debris
from emerging shoots.  Used with obligatory care,
the wire is not rigid enough to cause damage in the event
that an unseen shoot is accidentally brushed,

allowing a pristine area in which to grow:

Along with cleaning the beds, old metal name tags
are being replaced by lightly laminated, wooden alternatives
– ‘softer’ and much more pleasing to the eye …

Pleasant temperature meant that my mid-day meal
was able to be enjoyed outdoors

beneath the Rhododendron …

And … An Important Message:

ひのいり … Hinoiri swims to the surface,
presenting this somewhat regal portrait …

… to remind visitors that April debris
from Acer palmatum

not only falls, colours, and pollutes the water,
but is toxic to folk like him …

He would like me to ask you to cover up fish-ponds
until the month-long drop is over …

げつめい … Anticipating the arrival of his mid-day meal,
Getsumei blows bubbles at my approach …

Feeling refreshed after tea, work continues …

From perpetual absence of comments,
to no one even visiting the site in 10 days,
our future on the Internet seems clear.

It may be, however, that one or two folk may actually
have enjoyed this visit to … The Garden in April.

With the day’s work being finished …

We will end our visit here …

Author: Mr Livingstone

やるせない

4 thoughts on “しがつ … The 15th of April … A Working Day in the Garden”

    1. Dear Judy, Greetings once again –

      For a little time – there had been ‘suspicious happenings’ on the site last year
      – items disappearing, announcements declaring that there was ‘higher than normal views’
      yet, looking at the “Stats” page, told me that no one had been there at all.
      I deleted the entire site, re-‘posted’ most items; but then stayed away
      simply because I have no ‘common ground’ with modern-minded folk.

      Have wanted to leave the Internet for 4 years now,
      having no interest in it at all outside of the
      original notion of meeting any like-minded folk through this site
      (which, in 7 years has not happened). Perhaps, this year.

      Hoping that this note finds you in good health and happiness,
      I remain,
      Yours very sincerely,
      PL

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