Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Garden At the End of April

Yesterday I was rather under the weather with a Spring cold, but then my Dad called and told me he was getting the yard of dirt I had been begging for for the vegetable garden. Time to get a movin'!

It was actually a pretty quick chore, and we could have used at least another half yard, but we are set to begin planting in earnest this weekend. Everything already in the ground is up, which makes me that much more eager to plant some more! Here's a look at the Garden in all it's ever changing Spring glory!

I always plant a row or two of tulips for cutting in the vegetable garden. The dirt (a mix of top soil, peat, and sand) was mainly for the large bed in the back of the garden. The raised beds in the front section were already amended with compost and will just get a bit of this new dirt mixed in.

A large clump of borage has self-sown in the very center of one raised bed. Alas, I'll just have to plant around it.

Some shelling peas emerging.

More radishes.


Leaf lettuce 'Black-Seeded Simpson'.

The chives are getting buds!

And the sweet peas planted along the chicken wire fence are all up. I actually found another three packages that I should probably find a home for.

Ferns are unfurling in the Hydrangea Border.

And the primroses continue to grow and amaze me. I've never had such luck!

The Shade Garden right now is a mix of daffodils, hellebore, primroses, a few tulips, and some fritillaria. Soon it will be all columbines, lily-of-the-valley, peonies, iris, and allium.

Not a ton of blooms on the still small white lilac, but it's still exciting to wait for the buds to bloom!
Another look into the Shade Garden.

The path is becoming much more evident as everything matures and spreads.

The west end of the Shade Garden. The edging of muscari always makes me smile, and all of the lighter green leaves around the base of the tree are lily-of-the-valley! There are also some fritillaria I forgot I planted here and there in this section.
Some of the split corona daffodils down in what is basically the "Yellow Border". Forsythia start the show, followed by the long row of five different varieties of split corona daffodils, and yellow Asiatic and Oriental lilies end the show.
Oh! And some yellow primroses!
Looking back toward the Shade Garden, which is rather sunny in early Spring.

One of my favorite flowers of all.

Lily-of-the-valley! So close to opening!

This was the best year yet for the fritillaria. Most of them are tucked under the long row of pink-cupped daffodils.

More fritillaria meleagris.

One more look at the primroses. Love them! I've bought a bunch of red and hot pink ones to add to the mix.

The little white trillium grandiflorum

I think this is technically a yellow trillium, but the flowers are always second to the leaves. It is happily spreading! I believe there are seven sprouts this year!

Another fritillaria. I couldn't resist, I'm so happy to have so many.

Over in the perennial beds I'm eager to see this fritillaria persica bloom! There is still a lot of work to be done in this section of the garden which is laid out in more formal beds than the rather casual Shade and White Garden.

The plantings aren't formal, however. More borders of muscari edge beds full of iris, red hot pokers, peonies, delphinium, cone flower, geranium, allium, etc. etc. More like a formal cottage garden.

A planting of rather red tulips.

I cannot wait until the quince is large enough that it won't miss a few branches to bring inside in the Spring. I think two or three more years should do it.

Lilies are coming up everywhere and seem stronger than ever! These are a mix of Asiatic and Tiger lilies.
Some of the more lovely tulips get pride of place out front.

A glorious golden peony-flowered tulip.

A mix of peony, lily, and Rembrandt tulips.

And last but not least, the giant Korean spice viburnum is blooming by the front door. I have several small branches on my night table preparing me for sweet dreams.