The crocus days are here! I've gone from finding one crocus up and blooming and taking a zillion pictures of it, to having so many crocuses blooming that I can no longer take individual pictures of them. People are always surprised how early these crocuses come up in the lawn. Generally, I'll see a few before Valentine's Day and then from that point on, I'll see more every day. They don't ever seem to be affected by snow and cold. On cloudy days they just close up and wait. On sunny days, … [Read more...] about Crocus Days Are Here!
If this wasn't the coldest Mother's Day ever, it had to be pretty close to the coldest Mother's Day ever. I do not believe the temperature rose above 50ºF. Ordinarily, with the right kind of jacket, it would have been a marvelous day to garden a bit. But there was just enough rain early on to convince most people to stay indoors. So that is what I did. I also wrote a haiku. A cold, cloudy day. The garden ready for sun. Pause the gardener. Pause the gardener. Not a bad idea in the … [Read more...] about Pause the Gardener
Happy Dogwood Winter! That's what they call it when we have a few warms days in the spring and then it turns cold again, around the time the dogwoods are in bloom. I will say our warm days have been precious and few this spring, but since we had some and now it is colder, I'm declaring this to be Dogwood Winter. Some folks called it Blackberry Winter or Redbud Winter. You get the idea. Just put the name-of-a-spring-bloom with winter. So this could also be Crabapple Winter or Tulip … [Read more...] about Happy Dogwood Winter
I've heard a few rumblings about how this has been a slow, cold spring so far. For those who are complaining, I just have one piece of advice. Stop it. Everyone complains about how fast time flies but the minute something seems to be taking its time, like the arrival of spring and warm weather, those same people are all wishing it would hurry up and get warm. Not me. I like spring when it takes its time and slowly unfolds. I have a chance to enjoy the blooms longer because when … [Read more...] about A Little Spring Pep Talk – Part 2
Whenever I see the first crocuses blooming in the lawn in late winter, I exhale in relief. I can relax now. I can relax knowing the squirrels or chipmunks or voles or whatever did not eat all these corms before the flowers came up. I'm sure they ate some of them, but I still can plant more than they can possibly eat in one winter. I can relax knowing that some of the crocuses are coming up from previous years' plantings. At least I think I know they are from previous years because I see … [Read more...] about Crocuses… we can exhale now.
It's spring in the garden and I am wondering around asking all kinds of questions. Some of the questions have easy, fun, life-affirming answers. Will the Magnolia 'Butteflies' tree I planted last spring still be alive this spring and will its blooms live up to my expectations? A resounding yes to that multi-part question! And by the way it is also a big "yes", BIG YES, for the new redbud Cercis canadensis 'Ruby Falls' that I planted in early summer. Check and good because good trees … [Read more...] about The Garden Questions of Spring