Spring is always the busiest time in the garden, and this year has been no exception. We started off slow and continued at a snail’s pace for a very long time…the weather was just not cooperating. We finally turned the corner a couple of weeks ago and it’s been full speed ahead ever since (minus the few odd days of incessant wind and/or cold and/or rain – can’t have it all now, can you?).
Spring blooms started off with crocuses, daffodils and the hellebore I purchased this past spring and have now progressed to a few mainstays in the garden including tulips, forget-me-nots & bleeding hearts.
The tulips were lovely but short lived this year; the heavy rains
we've had since I took this photo didn't do them any favours.
I absolutely adore forget-me-nots. The pale blue is so lovely,
as is the odd surprise when they bloom in pinks or whites.
My favourite bleeding heart (a mother's day gift from years ago) is white & it was growing right next to the
front walkway that was redone last year. Thankfully, it wasn't a casualty of the demolition.
Anticipating the fragrant blooms from 'Miss Canada'
(Syringa × prestoniae 'Miss Canada')
Another newcomer to the garden was a Rose of Sharon & for a while there, I was worried that it had not made it through the winter. Thankfully it's showing signs of life now, so I suppose it just takes a while to wake up in the spring.
Hibiscus syriacus 'Diana'
Siberian peashrub (Caragana arborescens) making the bees very happy
Only a few blooms left on the eastern redbud (Cercis canadensis)
Prunus × cisterna
A gazillion fading flowers on the nectarine (AC Harovin Rouge),
but we'll have to wait and see if any fruit follows.
The cherry tree (Vandalay) once again is loaded with cherries;
the question is who will get to them first...us or the birds?
The Granny Smith apple tree is loaded with blooms, but I'm concerned about pollination as neither of my other two trees have flowered yet. There are a few apple trees in our neighbourhood & hopefully they help out.
2019 is Year of the Salvia Nemorosa and I'm doing my part.
I'm including 4 different varieties in the west border including 'Snowhill'
which, as it's name implies, has white blooms.
Latest shopping trip this past weekend while my husband was away in Ohio...
what's that saying about a cat being away & mice playing?? 😁
The coleus are all destined for pots so no problems there, but planting everything else up is not an easy task. The problem is not the soil, which is actually pretty good, but the rocks - they slow things down considerably:
From pebbles to fist sized rocks to boulders.
I never know what I'm going to hit when I'm digging.
Catalogues and online sources are helpful, but there is often a huge variation or range when it comes to how large plants will grow, both in height and width as well as when flowering varieties will bloom. Much of this, of course, has to do with your location & the conditions in your garden – while one plant may grow to stately heights & bloom early in a zone 7 garden with full sun and rich soil, it may end up half that size & bloom a month later in a zone 5 garden with part-sun & lean soil. I have a feeling there will be a lot of trial and error going on in my garden over the next few years…which is just fine by me.
So far, I’ve planted about 2/3 of my purchases but I’m planning on getting another half dozen or so into the ground today....hopefully more, but that all depends on how many rocks I hit 🙄. As for the veg garden, it’s moving along, especially now that warmer weather is finally here to stay. I transplanted all of the warm weather veg this past weekend & it looks like I'll finally be harvesting a few greens soon….I’ll be posting about that next.