Tuesday, May 14, 2013

In the Garden

The early tulips are putting on a show, but the real extravaganza is yet to come. I planted a few dozen last fall (of course, I can't remember what they look like) and previous years' plantings look to have flowers on them, too.

Tuesday's forecast is calling for 94F! I'm sure soil temps will make a quick uptick this week - it will be interesting to see what else pops up. I'm anxiously awaiting the hardy hibiscus and hoping it made it through the winter.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Trillium at the Dog Park

Another bad cell phone pic, but Spring is just so exciting - now that it has finally arrived. Although looking at the weather forecast, one might think we've skipped spring and gone directly to summer - Tuesday's high is supposed to be in the 90sF!

Friday, May 03, 2013

Dutchman's Breeches

It's been snowing/raining/snowing/raining for what feels like weeks now, but there are definitely signs of spring out there. Hoku and I came across some Dutchman's Breeches in the woods at the dog park. I had to look it up when I got home - I knew it was some kind of Dicentra, but don't remember ever seeing it. I guess it's so fleeting that you have to catch it at the right moment. They're lovely - not that you can tell from the crappy cell phone pic.

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Quick ... Before it Snows!

No, that's not a typo. And not an April Fool's joke, either. It's May 1, and the forecast calls for snow.

We had a glorious stretch of 70-80F days and now we're back to this. Before it gets covered up, here's what's popping up in the yard as of yesterday:

Of course, I'm thrilled to see all of them, but if I had to choose, I'd say I'm most excited about the Lupine. I've been trying for years to get lupine established somewhere on my property. I've tried sunny spots, shady spots, wet spots, dry spots ... they always just fizzles away on me. Last year when I did the boulevard project, I threw a couple of lupine in there - mostly because they had been sitting around and needed to get in the ground. There wasn't a lot of thinking involved - in fact, once I started thinking about it, I was pretty sure they would fry in that dry sunny hot spot. But it's the first time any have successfully made it through an entire season and the winter! Clearly I should think less when I garden!

Hopefully, they'll all still be there when today's snow melts!