Weekend Garden Notes
Snowdrops are blooming. It’s a relief to finally see the first snowdrops (Galanthus) in bloom. In 2012 they bloomed in February and were done by mid-March. This year they are just getting started.
I really should have kept track of the varieties I planted, but I didn’t so I can’t know which kinds are early and which are later.
Right now there are a few clumps in bloom. There are larger clumps that are getting close to blooming. And there are others that are just now poking up out of the ground.
Regardless, it is a pleasure to see them, as they are the only blooms to be found at the moment.
Reports of winter’s demise were a little premature. I may have jumped the gun in a recent post when I declared Victory over Snow. There are still patches of snow here in the front garden (north of the house). We even had a dusting of snow over Saturday night. However, based on the current weather report I am confident the snow will be gone by next weekend.
The back garden is already snow-free, I’m glad to say.
Fun with pruning. Today was on the cold side, but pleasant when the sun wasn’t hiding behind clouds. I took advantage of some free time to get started with spring clean up. I pruned the Clematis jackamanii, the cranberrybush Viburnum (Viburnum trilobum), and the trumpet honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens).
Oh, and I cut back our various roses. We have shrub roses that are pretty hardy (‘Cassie’, ‘Sallie Holmes’), plus the rambler ‘Darlow’s Enigma’ and the wild prairie rose (Rosa setigera). I’m not expert at rose pruning, but tough plants like these are pretty forgiving – they remind us that roses are basically descended from brambles.
I also got started on the red and black elderberries (Sambucus racemosa and canadensis). Elderberries benefit from cutting back pretty hard, in my experience.
There is something very satisfying about pruning, especially at this time of year. When you are done the plants look clean, streamlined, and ready to jump into spring. Also, it just felt good to get started on getting the garden ready for spring.
A dead rose and missing hellebores. It looks like my new rose, ‘Strike It Rich’, did not survive the winter. This is a sad loss, but I’m not surprised that a rose planted in late summer did not survive this frigid winter. I have never had to cover my roses with mulch in the past, and even this year my established roses didn’t need it. But perhaps it would have saved ‘Strike It Rich’.
Any thoughts on a replacement? I want something fragrant and either yellow or orange.
Also, the rabbits seem to have eaten all the hellebore (Helleborus orientalis) foliage. The hellebores were all planted last fall – my first venture with this plant. Can I expect them to come back? I surely hope so.
How was your weekend? Were you able to get out and work in your garden?