Sunday, April 20, 2008
Monica's Spring Garden Tour
Finally, finally, finally (did I mention it's been a while in coming?), it looks like it just might be spring! Won't you walk with me in my garden?
As you can see, the forsythias are in bloom! The close-up view is in the front garden, which gets more sun, and the one above is in the backyard.
The crocuses have finished blooming, but the hyacinths are in their prime. Not only do they exude a wonderful aroma (so welcome when coming home from work!), but they also don't seem to be favored by groundhogs, as each and every one I planted not only came up but bloomed! Look closely to the right and you'll see the viburnum is ready to bloom soon, too, as are many others in different areas of the yard.
Speaking of which, this viburnum gets a lot of sun. It has three clusters of buds, and these blooms on one of the clusters! I love viburnums; there are so many different species with different colors of beautiful flowers in spring and berries in fall!
The groundhog left the daffodils standing, in between many mounds of chewed down tulips.
For some reason, this one clump of tulips remains unchewed (toi toi toi!).
And look at these two cute little wind flowers. There should be more (see above), but the two that are left are quite beautifully placed, don't you think?
Uh oh, here come some ducks. They want to know if you've brought them any food. No, seriously. Are you hiding it in your pockets?!
Here's some pulmonaria at the north side of my house, with lady's mantle just out of view. Two hepaticas should also be emerging in this bed, but I don't see them. Do you? (Fortunately, this snail is not hungry.)
And what's this? Are faeries setting up tiki torches for a luau? I just love the red foliage of emerging peonies, which appears especially vibrant here with flash-induced shine! I use sections of coated wire fence edging, cut to size and shaped into a semi-circle, as supports for the peonies. The wire fencing is sold in a roll and is much more cost-effective than official plant supports. I got this tip, as well as the peonies themselves, from a former gardening client, Sara, a neat and interesting lady I enjoy chatting with.
Oh, hi there, James! What's that? you don't care about the tulips and grape hyacinths in your little cat garden, you want to know when the cat mint is going to come up? Well, soon, but the valerian will beat it, so move to the left and wait!
You really know it's spring when the prickly pear cactuses (cactus is apparently Greek, not Latin, so its plural is cactuses, not cacti. At least according to Paul James, and, well, that's good enough for me!) are looking less scrunched and more green. Prickly pear is native to this area, and I've even seen it hardy as far north as Saskatoon!
And finally, we walk onto the deck and look at my winter sowing containers (for more photos, see my previous post). I love the lupines with their first set of true leaves; they are just so sweet and I admit I like that fact that they look sort of like a certain illegal plant! ;-)