Time to get my baby plants out of the dining room and into the fresh air.

A few hours in protected spot, like under this viburnum, is a perfect introduction to outdoor life.

This gradual acclamation to the wide world is called “hardening off”. It’s a critical and nerve wracking step, but very necessary.

A cold frame works, too. But hey, the viburnum was closer, and the plants seemed to like it fine. Happy to say, their first day out was a success.