It seems like yesterday when I opened my front door to the sight of my garden buried under two feet of snow;
in actuality, the photo above was taken on March 6th, one month ago. :)
In a few short weeks, we have felt the temperatures climb over 40 degrees, and witnessed the rebirth of bulbs and perennials… beginning with the crocuses that I had randomly planted in the lawn.
My daffodils have just begun to bloom.
My hyacinths are starting to emerge. They bloomed in mid-April last year, so they are right on time! :)
The tulips will be next….
The grape hyacinths that I transplanted from the wild last spring are back!
My Montauk Daisies have started sprouting new leafy growth.
My perennial catmint plants are making a vigorous return! I grew these babies from seed last spring, and they were quick to grow and spread; their purple flowers were beautiful companions to my lavender and the infamous alyssum. The catmints were extremely hardy, remaining green throughout most of winter. The long stems eventually turned brown in late January, and I cut them back to just above ground level.
This looks like a hairy legged spider! It is one of my fuzzy leafed, biennial hollyhocks, returning for their final summer/fall season. I have a gazillion seeds collected from last year’s hollyhocks, which I plan to sow next month.
I think I’ll add some to my sunflower patch in the backyard, too!
Of course, I went a bit overboard buying seeds again this year… I ordered over 12,000 seeds!
I decided to try several annual varieties this year, as they have a long blooming period and many are self-sowing. Annuals I’m attempting to grow this year include: Sweet William Catchfly, Johnny-Jump-Ups, Virginia Stock, lemon mint, cosmos, zinnias, pansies, and Queen Anne’s Lace.
I’m also going to plant the perennial Joe-Pye weed in the backyard, along with two varieties of annual sunflowers, to make a living summer fence. :)
I started my seeds in mid-March, but as usual, I grew impatient for them to germinate, so I purchased a couple flats of dianthus and pansies to add color in the meantime.
As you can see, I really like the color purple! ;)
Last spring, I created a garden path using old chunks of patio concrete as stepping stones. I was happy with my pathway for a short while, until I became enamoured with dry creek beds ~ how they served as practical solutions to drainage issues, and also mimicked the natural beauty of a riverbed. I collected several inspiring dry creek bed designs on Pinterest.
I would love to have an actual stream running through my garden, with a wooden bridge, but alas…. the best I could do was to dig a ditch and fill it with sand and river pebbles. ;)
Every morning, I marvel at how much my garden has grown in one year… and I look forward to sharing more flower pictures over the next few weeks! Happy Spring, Everybody! :)
Tara Fly3 days ago
My new painting, "Dali's Whiskers", is complete and on its way to Ireland, for a cat-themed gallery exhibit in September! =^,,^=
Salvador Dali's ocelot is featured in this piece, sporting a fancy mustache, in a surrealistic dreamscape of melting clocks and gangling elephants. :)