Spring Colors

Getting Vibrant Again

Spring is finally here or should I say summer is finally here.  The temperature was over 90°F for a couple of days which broke the record.  I’m not complaining after months of snow and freezing temperature.  The plants in our garden are not complaining either.  They’re pushing out shoots and buds all over the garden.  Dragging on as winter did, spring is still giving us a very promising new life especially after the recent rain.

After we successfully fended off the deer for the last two years, and relocated the last rabbit last year, we decided to grow tulips in the garden again.  I’ve been planting tulip bulbs I rescued for years but only a few of them survive the animal raiding parties.  But as I didn’t spend a penny on them, it didn’t feel very wasteful.  Last autumn, I picked tulip bulbs from the catalogs for the first time and they’re looking good so far.   Hopefully these beautiful flowers will come back up next spring.

Mixed color tulips accompany our ‘Pollinator Habitat’ sign.  By early summer this area will be filled with variety of flowers especially the ones that have plenty of pollen and nectar

We cannot be certified a ‘Wildlife Habitat’ since we’ve fenced off most of the four-legged locals around here: deer, rabbit, woodchuck, raccoon, skunk, fox and coyote.  We would’ve welcomed fox and coyote but once the deer net went up, that was it.  Access to the garden is limited to birds, insects and small rodents.  Any gardeners who have a problem with deer, I would recommend a deer net.  It’s the only thing that works.  I no longer have to spray a mixture of garlic and rotten eggs in the garden or use other methods only to find that they aren’t effective.  The fact is there aren’t any plants that the deer will not eat.

Anyway, we have colors and the scent of perfume in our garden again after a long wait.

Primrose after rain
Bleeding heart is another indicator of the Hummingbirds arrival
Hellebore is one of the flowers I grow as an early spring food source for bees
Common blue violet, a beautiful weed soaked in rain

It’s nice to see colors again.  It’s even nicer to see not just our honeybees but many local bees getting busy looking for pollen and nectar.

 

 

 

Mostly Green Now

Stretching Their Arms and Legs Out

Green all over again.  Spring is the season I love most.  It’s not too hot, not too cold… and green.  I love seeing our garden slowly waking up from a long winter sleep, pushing their leaves and flower buds out.  I feel really itchy at this time of year; wanting to clean, trim, mulch and plant new members in the garden.  The weather channel helps me determine what I should do, but the plants themselves help me even more.  I take my hint from them.  It was writ that when seedlings germinate, that is when you start sowing your seed outside.  Trust in nature, it works every time.

Nothing much in our garden now, mostly green leaves and some early blooms Woodland Phlox, Bleeding heart, rescued tulips that I mentioned earlier, and the crimson red of Japanese Maples that give a great contrast to the garden.  Our garden comes to life with sight, sound and scent every spring.

Common blue violet. Beautiful weeds
Woodland Phlox along the walkway with Cherry Blossom petals
Japanese Maple gives great color and contrast
Bleeding heart playing in the sun light

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