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Late Spring Garden

Best Time Of The Season

I love spring time.  There is a lot of work to do in the garden in spring in order to keep up with the fast growing plants but it’s the best time of year, in my opinion anyway.  When the weather gets gradually warmer, plants follow accordingly and they are much easier to keep up with.   This year the weather has been temperamental.  It has gone up to 80° F for a few days then dropped down to low 40° F.  When the temperature hit 80 degree, plants in the garden shot up really fast only to be stunned by a suddenly cooler temperature later.  I have to put down a plan to widen the walkway.  That entails moving some plants out of the way.  It will have to wait until next year since the plants are now too tall for me to safely transplant them.

We lost some plants we really love to the harsh winter but what’s left in the garden hasn’t disappointed us.  Color and scents throughout the garden.

Clematis 'Crystal Fountain' produces abundant flowers this year
Clematis ‘Crystal Fountain’ produces abundant flowers this year
Rose 'Knockout' in the foreground with clematis 'Belle of Woking' and rose 'Zephirine Drouhin' in the background
Rose ‘Knockout’ in the foreground with clematis ‘Belle of Woking’ and rose ‘Zephirine Drouhin’ in the background
White Woodland Phlox migles with Forget-Me-Not
White Woodland Phlox migles with Forget-Me-Not
Bright red oriental poppy among white daisy
Bright red oriental poppy among white daisy
More oriental poppy in salmon color
More oriental poppy in salmon color
Rose 'Eden' and Clematis 'Betty Corning'
Rose ‘Eden’ and Clematis ‘Betty Corning’

Spring

Colors And Scents Are Back

Summer will be here in two weeks and I can feel the heat in the air already.   One day the temperature was hovering below 50º F and I had to wear a sweatshirt in the garden.  The plants just stalled in their growth.  The next day it hit 80º F and even wearing just a t-shirt it was too hot, but plants were shooting up all over the place.   As much as there is an endless list of things to do at this time of year and never enough hours in the day, I still love this time of year the most.  Life has renewed itself in the garden.  There are some disappointments of course here and there.  The Wisteria has only  a few flowers, not a lovely waterfall of flowers as it did in years past.  Clematis Montana and Lilac, both the common one and ‘Miss Kim’ blossomed less than usual.   The Hydrangea has taken its time to sprout, coming up from the base so I don’t expect any flowers this year and I don’t see any new buds on the old branches yet either.  They’re probably still struggling to shrug of winter.

Even with less flowers so far this year there’s still plenty of color and scent in the garden.  The Columbine has never ceased to amaze me.  This year there are more and more new colors and forms that I know I didn’t plant.  Since I let birds and bees do the pollination, it’s always a surprise.  It’s also a good year for irises.

Watering the vegetables a in the morning is a lovely time to be in the garden, with lovely scent wafting in the air and birds singing.   This is the time of year that no matter how late I get home, I make it a point to go out into the garden and breath in the perfumed air while listening to the crickets and peepers performing their nocturne.

Azalea in early spring
Azalea in early spring
Iris and wild phlox
Iris and wild phlox
Spring
Woodland phlox and Columbine
Iris, Daisy, Geranium, Oriental poppy 'Royal Wedding' and Rosa Rugosa 'Ms Doreen Pike' with a granite birdbath in the background
Iris, Daisy, Geranium, Oriental poppy ‘Royal Wedding’ and Rosa Rugosa ‘Ms Doreen Pike’ with a granite birdbath in the background
False Indigo, Columbine and Daisy
False Indigo, Columbine and Daisy

 

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