Making Room for the New

Kati and I have been quite busy working in the castle garden for the past week or so. We have been having perfect weather for that, too. It is still a little cold in southern Germany but sunny. Work certainly drives the body temperature up, though!

After cutting the roses and fruit trees (with the help of a good friend) we have been busy raking up the leaves and twigs, making room for new growth in the garden. The daffodils are now in bloom. Also a few other blue flowers are popping up, like this one (is it liverwort?):


Summer in Zeilitzheim

After an unusually-long cold (and wet) period, summer has finally reached Southern Germany. It is wine festival time in the region. Not a weekend that doesn't offer at least three "weinfests" in Zeilitzheim's surroundings. The garden still demands a bit of work, less with the shrubs and flowers but more with the lawn that needs to be mown weekly now. The children are enjoying the sunny weather and spend their afternoons after kindergarten. The castle cats Charly and Emilio usually join them in the garden. Here is a picture taken yesterday of Charly observing Mr. and Mrs. Duck who visit us daily for some royal bathing in the pond. Hunger

Cherry Blossom

The last of the old cherry trees is now blossoming in the castle garden. I fear it won't carry much fruit, though. It sure is a pretty sight, though! Cherry Blossom

Springtime in the Castle Garden

Spring has finally reached southern Germany! (Not just) the cats are enjoying the great weather and the blooming of spring flowers. I've been busy taking pictures in the garden and will be uploading those in batches to flickr. Tulip. And  Charly

Now it's time for some intensive lawn care. The lawn got its first mowing on Tuesday and will get aerated this coming week.