Tuesday, April 8, 2014

At Last, Spring Has Sprung

Just in time to divert my attention from another day of discovering losses from this awful winter, such as the tree peony that was heaved and snapped at the base from the heavy snow (I'm guessing), or the complete disregard by the rabbits for the life of any living plant, Spring arrived.

Time to take a breath, enjoy, and really get to work.

Out front, under the dappled shade of the rather large ornamental cherry's branches, the Siberian squill (Scilla siberica) has really spread out nicely. There are so many new plants this year, and they are just barely beginning to open.
From a clump of about twenty or thirty bulbs dug from behind my old apartment just down the street from the Penthouse, there are now hundreds (thousands?) of plants in two locations. This year is looking like it will be one of the best years for them yet.

I love the delicate purple veining on this crocus.

Daffodil Season is right around the corner! I always say I am going to actually count and identify the varieties and mark them with their names to make it easier to plant more in the fall. Maybe this year I actually will. I would like to know how many different daffodils we have.

The Iris reticulata was just beginning to open on Sunday.

I'm not really sure what is happening here, but some of the Asiatic lilies have formed stem bulblets on the stem above the ground rather than under. I guess I'll just dig them in and see what happens. These are the smallest. A few looked almost as big as what you would buy in the store. It doesn't look like anything had heaved out of the ground, though that is probably the case. They all look pretty healthy.
Most of the peonies are sending their shoots skyward.

All of the allium are looking great. I swear several that we just planted last Fall multiplied over the Winter.

Oh look! An old rabbit nest. Time to buy some rubber snakes. Or maybe some poison carrots. This grassy corner of the Berry Patch needs cleaned up immediately. We started in the back corner on Sunday, but didn't make it this far. So many little poppies are growing here that weeding is delicate business.

Junior really was no help at all on Sunday. But, then, who can blame him? There was swinging to be done!

Some old hyacinths are popping up in the Vegetable Garden. Planted years ago strictly for cutting, they have weakened a bit the past few seasons. The addition of compost last year might have given them a little boost.

Both of the hellebores are looking good. The old leaves should be trimmed back soon.

The snowdrops have really been a happy addition this Spring. I can't believe it took me this long to plant some!

Such interesting, seemingly delicate, little flowers.

So close to open! I'm sure we will have blooms by the weekend.
I'm very excited (I really say that too often, but I am) about the primroses. All three little plants, bought on the clearance rack, are growing well and covered in buds!

Every year we scatter the columbine seeds after they have dried on the stem. And every year we are rewarded with more and more new plants popping up.

A bad shot of a beautiful muscari 'Azureum' near the Boxwood Border. The rain is still falling outdoors, which will help with the weeding, but hurt the planting. We haven't been able to get a load of compost yet since the piles are mostly mud, but hopefully soon things will dry out and we can really get going. Right now I'm just happy to be outside working, mud or not!