Monday, May 15, 2017

More confused weather, but plenty of May flowers

Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day again! Here's some of what's blooming around my garden this month.

Mock orange. I used to associate this with June; no more.

Sage and rue

Golden alexanders

Purple ninebark

'Bonica' shrub rose

Dianthus 'Rainbow Loveliness.' Grew this from seed last year.
Red buckeye

Peony closeup, unfurling

Valerian, with alliums

More sage, with the Micromesh-covered blueberries behind. Birds will not get them all this year!

Spiderwort starting to open

Type of enormous Jack-in-the-pulpit, probably have a note of species somewhere

Just wanted to note hellebores are still chugging along

Siberian iris, getting ready to take over the world
I have been planting many small seedlings that I grew in the cold frame, so hopefully there will be flowers to report in the coming months as well. This has been a roller-coaster season: warm February, cold March, warm April, cold May - so far, but we've emerged from chilly and wet for a few days before summer arrives on Wednesday with temps in the 90s. Makes it very hard to get the tomatoes in at the right time, not to mention everything else! But we have to get used to this.

One more photo, dating from April 23:


It's not a well-framed shot, but it does show the success of my tulips in the new blueberry bed, with the bridal-wreath spiraea behind - looked spectacular together as we drove in the driveway, and I didn't even plan it that way! The tulip success is due 100% to Milorganite, since the deer changed their browsing habits during the months between my ordering the bulbs and planting them, and were definitely chomping (despite Liquid Fence) this spring until I scattered the smelly thing they really don't like.

More soon; I have catching-up to do here.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

April (so the calendar says) flowers

Somehow another month has gone by without my posting here, and it's Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day again. I write in haste so I can get a lot of things done today, since tomorrow is Easter and somewhat occupied, and besides it's going to hit the high 80s and there are very few leaves on the trees as yet. Today will be cooler and cloudy, so good for those outdoor tasks.

So here's what's blooming - it might be easier to say what's not blooming, because this is one of those years when everything seems to go at once, probably due to the insane weather shifts. So far April is possibly somewhat cooler than February (I know that's not actually true, but it seems so).

I really am hurrying, so these are just in the order I took them.

This is claytonia or miner's lettuce in my salad table. Little white bits in the center are the flowers.

White bleeding heart

Epimedium

Hellebore

Rhubarb! I need to cut this off to give more energy to the plant, but meanwhile it counts.

Magnolia, one of the Little Girls

Celandine poppy - these are ALL OVER THE PLACE as usual.

The Field of White Violets

Virginia bluebells and bleeding hearts

I Don't Have Time to Look Up These Daffodils

Catmint

Pieris japonica

Lilac

Golden ragwort

Another daffodil

This one is Yellow Cheerfulness - my favorite

Bridal Crown daffodil

Blueberries - gonna be a big crop if I can save them from the birds this year

Leucojum aestivum
Also blooming: dogwood, redbud, pawpaw, a few early tulips, grape hyacinths. Missed the Mohawk viburnum between GBBDs this year, but it was spectacular and deliciously clove-scented. Speaking of which, most of my tiny clove currants survived and may grow!

Okay, on to putting a raised bed in the community garden plot, and other tasks. Some infrastructure pics to come soon.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

GBBD March

Haven't posted here in a while, so let's try starting up again with Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.

It's been a very weird winter here in central Maryland, with record high temperatures all through February that started up an early spring. March has been more seasonal, on the chilly side with several inches of sleet and snow falling today. So of course I had to see what was going on with all the plants already in bloom.

Some are under the snow, though really all but the last crocuses are done with, along with the snowdrops and the few miniature iris I have left (need to plant more this year!). Daffodils are in full bloom, looking sad in the frozen stuff:


Forsythia didn't enjoy the cold snap either:


Of course the plants will be fine, but the flowers look crappy. I also fear for all the magnolia blooms just opening up:


Pieris japonica seems not affected at all, however:


And the hellebores of course take it all in stride:


Here's a fern with one frond above the snow to finish up:


The snow will all be gone in a few days, and we can get back to spring, probably with more crazy swings in temperature. I am glad to see even this little bit of white stuff today since we've had probably less than an inch total all winter up till now - we were just in the "snow hole" when all the storms went either south or north of us.

Enjoy whatever blooms you can find out there!!