Spring Comes Creeping Into View
We think of Spring as a season that springs into our lives. It is supposed to be a youthful, energetic season, one that is bursting with new life. The year’s Spring, however, is one that approaches timidly. It does not spring, it slowly creeps.
A creeping Spring is better than none at all. For instance, this past weekend I was able to work in the garden both Saturday and Sunday. Saturday was cloudy and rather cold, but warm enough to be outside. Sunday was sunny but still rather cold – the temperature never reached 50 degrees (Fahrenheit, which is 10 Celsius). Even so, the ‘Early Harvest’ Tulips opened wide to enjoy the sunshine.
It seems that all the Tulip pots have overwintered with great success, though it will be a while before we see any flowers. I underplanted the Tulips in some pots with a variety of Sweet Alyssum (Lobularia maritima) called ‘Easter Bonnet Lemonade’, an odd name but an excellent variety.
In other pots I combined Tulips with Crocuses. The Crocuses were supposed to fill in around the Tulips and extend the blooming period. However, they have been a disappointment. I had wanted a mass of blooms, which is not what I got. Also, the Crocus leaves were grazed by rabbits – I had thought that being in pots would protect them. (Why???) Next year, I think I’m going to try Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa sardensis) with the container Tulips.
I had thought that during my absence the Daffodils might burst into a mass of bloom. However, there were just 7 Daffodil flowers, all in the Parkway Bed . I would estimate that there are about 600 Daffodil bulbs in the entire garden, including containers.
Many did look like they were getting ready to pop. Maybe next weekend.
The Daffodils in containers seemed to overwinter very well, though they will bloom later than the bulbs in the ground. I underplanted these pots with white and yellow Pansies.
In terms of other bulbs, there were some Siberian Squill (Scilla sibirica) in bloom. I’m still waiting for them to spread into a glorious mass of blue.
And the first Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis) had also flowered.
They haven’t bulked up as much as I had hoped, but perhaps they’ll fill in over the coming weeks.
Among the shrubs, the Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) looks thisclose to blooming.
And I really should cut some Forsythia stems for forcing indoors.
Has Spring been springing, or just creeping, into your garden?