We have been blessed with some really beautiful
weather the last two weeks so quite a bit of yard
work has gotten done. The clean up all of the litter,
broken limbs and sticks that have fallen into the
yard and flower beds.
The old Oak leaves that seem to never waste away
and end up blown into the beds all around the house
from the woods by winter winds were cleaned up.
With the warm temperatures green tips and plants
are starting to grow all around in the beds.
So this morning it being the first day of Spring I
grabbed the camera and went out to see what may
have survived and what may not have made it over
this terrible winter we had.
This posting is going to be a dull one. I know most of
you will not want to see little bits of sprouting sticks
and pieces of green leaves just forming in patches of
mud and mulch. So if you do not read this that is fine
because I am writing this mainly for my own record
keeping. Looking back at last years posting everything
may be about a week ahead of what was growing then.
So really not that much of a difference.
Out in the yard and the nearby woods the Maple
trees are starting to bud.
The lavender which was helped by the covering of snow
is looking good this first day of Spring.
Hyacinths are getting about ready to bloom…
and so are some of the Daffodils.
The Foxgloves are showing new growth….
and the Hollyhocks are growing up through the muddy
clay. I will remember to save some seeds for you Kylee.
The yellow Foxtail Lilies I planted last fall are
starting to grow…..
and so is Stella de Oro lilies.
In the new bed along the woods the lilies, tulips and
irises are starting to grow. Now if I can keep the deer
away from them. Liquid fence, garlic clips and a nylon
twine is all put out to try to deter them from their
endless munching on my flowers and shrubs.
The two new Rhododendrons that were planted last
Spring along the woods bed will not get to bloom
this year because of those pesky deer who ate every
leaf and bud last winter.
But the two large Rhododendrons against the house
will have blooms for me later.
The Stachy Lambs Ear’s look a little worse for the wear
after winter but are getting new growth and the Hardy
Cyclamen is looking really sparse.Maybe it needs some
good compost put in around its roots this spring.
Tulip leaves are coming up everywhere but will they have
flowers again this spring? If not they will all have to be
pulled up and replaced. I would get the species tulips but
I am just not a fan of how they look.
I am not sure this poor little Hellebore is going to
survive this hard clay ground. It has really been beaten
up by the layers of snow crushing it.
The Campanula blue ‘ Waterfalls ‘ that was planted last
fall looks really good…..
and so does the Columbine ‘Rose Barlow’ Pink.
The Jacob’s Ladder is starting to grow now
and so too the only two Primroses that I have.
The new baby Dianthus ‘ Antique Rose’ that was grown
from seed and also the Penstemon ‘Iron Maiden’ are
I can see a little sprouting on some of the rose bushes
and the hydrangeas.
What really surprised me was these buds starting
on this Pulmonaria ‘Diana Clare’. It’s poor little leaves
look terrible but there is some new leaf growth.
But even without the blooms her leaves will be beautiful
I also saw evidence of Shasta Daisy, Brunnera Jack Frost,
Dames Rockets, Campanula White Bellflower, Yarrow
and sedums starting to grow.
So the hills are starting to see growth.
Whether or not the warm Spring weather is here to stay,
well that is probably going to be touch and go for another
month or longer. We have had snows in April here.
So like everyone else I am so glad to see signs of new
growth once more in the gardens.
Happy Spring Everyone and Happy Gardening !
Until Next Time,