Monday, March 6, 2017

More Spring Emerges

What a difference a week makes! I just posted pictures I took last Sunday, and yesterday there was an entirely new batch of flowers and much more growth. I managed a little cleanup, as well, since it was such a gorgeous day. I also snipped a few branches of forsythia to force at home the rest of the way. Now the bug has officially bitten and I'm ready for spring to actually arrive.

The hellebores are all growing well, and blooming just in time for their nickname, Lenten Rose, to ring true. 

All of the hellebores seem to love the "high shade" of our shade garden, and we try to add new varieties every year. Their blooms droop down, but they are worth a closer look. They are also a long lived cut flower.

A yellow crocus I found blooming out in the lawn.

While I was strolling, snips in hand, I stopped to cut out all of the old hellebore leaves from last year.

Now the new growth has plenty of room.

The tulips in the vegetable garden are getting taller and taller.

Some of the latest to bloom are just starting to push out of the soil.

More crocus blooming at the edge of the lawn near the front bed.

The vibrant blue 'scilla siberica' is beginning to bloom beneath the old tree out front.

And in the Hydrangea Border a lone white crocus pushes up through the frond of an evergreen 'Autumn' fern.

Also in the Hydrangea Border are lots of daffodils already budding out!

As are the Hydrangea themselves. Now this makes me a little nervous as we lost all of the hydrangeas but three in a frost years ago. It is definitely getting cold this week, so I am hoping for the best. This weather just tricks so many plants!

Peonies are pushing up!

And more daffodils are very close to blooming

The appearance of the miniature iris, or iris reticulata, are always a welcome sight. I can't wait to see what's blooming next!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Spring is Springing

Everyone is talking about the Early Spring we are experiencing, and though I am ready to get back out in the garden, I do worry about what this means for the planet. Some meteorologists are predicting the famous cherry blossoms in D.C. will bloom two and a half weeks earlier than normal, and trees all over the South are leafing out about 20 days earlier than normal. I think this all is cause for concern. I love growing my tropical plants, but I would prefer to keep growing them indoors in the winter.

A few days ago I took a stroll around the garden. Everything is, indeed, up earlier than usual. I need to look back and see just how much earlier. Enjoy a few pictures!

Some of the primroses are already in bloom.

 Out in the vegetable garden the parsley and chives are greening up.

And in all of the vegetable beds the hundreds of tulips I planted last fall are pushing up out of the ground.

I planted early, mid, and late season tulips so we will have a continual show while vegetables planted from seed grow up in between the rows of flowers.

I really am so excited about this.

An old, wee little hyacinth pushing up.

The forsythia is ready to burst.

I love bringing home some branches of the bright yellow forsythia.

I have a lot of pruning to do in the Berry Patch, and the gooseberries are already leafing out.

More daffodils and surprise lilies in the neglected southwest quadrant of the perennial garden.

And proving spring really is a bit early, I picked some daffodils to bring home. The first of the year!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Checking On the Tropicals

On Sunday I had time to do a little check up on all of the tropical plants stored in the "Winter Garden" during the cold months. Everything is doing well, and if March continues like mild February we may move everyone out before Memorial Day.
It's only been about a month since all of the figs were moved inside, and they have all leafed out and a few have begun fruiting!

Another fig growing on last year's growth. An early spring crop of figs on old growth is called a breba crop.

All of the figs look healthy.

It's a blurry photo, but we now have two papayas growing on the tree. Hopefully we will have more!

A 'Ponderosa' lemon bloom. All of the citrus is blooming and they smell so sweet.

More new growth on the figs with a lot of last year's leaves in the pot. I can't wait to get all of the tropical plants back outside for the summer. I think this year I might be able to get the banana to bloom!