So Happy I Could Cry
This is a very stressful period for some garden bloggers (namely, me). On the one hand, we have had another glorious weekend and I am almost overwhelmed by all the wonderful blooms now returning to the garden, not to mention the new plants being installed.
I want to write posts about all these developments for this blog. But I cannot spend too much time writing, because spring is moving fast and garden tasks are piling up, especially since I am home only two or three days a week. Moreover, everybody else has so many wonderful blooms in THEIR gardens and they are busy writing posts about it for their blogs, and I must read and maybe comment on those posts … Just thinking about it is exhausting.
But enough self-pity. Let’s talk about the new blooms that have emerged just since last week. Well, for starters the container tulips have started to bloom! So far we have ‘Flair’, ‘Bellona’, and ‘Couleur Cardinal’.
I’m afraid I did lose some of the container tulips, though. This fall I definitely want to plant tulips in containers again. However, I will use only the larger containers and provide them with extra insulation.
There is also another species tulip, Tulipa clusiana ‘Cynthia’.
Among the native spring flowers, the celandine poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) are blooming vigorously.
And the Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) are just about reaching their peak.
The dangling yellow flowers of merrybells (Uvularia grandiflora) are on display. This native wildflower should be used more in shade gardens, I think. It is interesting and beautiful, if a bit understated. In a location with sufficient moisture, it makes a good groundcover after blooming.
Serviceberry ‘Autumn Brilliance’ is showing off its pure white spring flowers.
False forget-me-not (Brunnera macrophylla), a very useful and lovely non-native spring flower, is also blooming.
On the foliage front, the fiddleheads of the ostrich ferns (Metteucia struthiopteris) are unfurling.
And the wild ginger (Asarum canadensis), a nice native groundcover for shade, has emerged.
Tasks this weekend included:
- Planting a new bed in the area where I had taken down some bridalwreath shrubs (Spirea vanhouteii). I also settled some more mail order plants into the raised front walk bed. More on these activities in later posts.
- Getting a start on weeding! Featuring dandelions already blooming, creeping charlie, and other delights.
- Preparing my little vegetable and herb bed. This entailed setting up the tomato trellises and digging out the rest of the old plant debris. Also, I had to beat back the oregano (Oreganum vulgare), which is bent on turning my entire lot into a oregano plantation. In addition to creating thriving colonies through seeding, the oregano mother ship has a rapidly expanding root mass with the density of 3″ armor plate. I may have bent my shovel trying to slice off pats of it.
Are you having trouble keeping on top of your blog and your garden? And which new blooms are you excited about?