It's Spring! Better late than never...
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.
I used to think that pinks and oranges clash but I think it's a fabulous colour combination now, as your tulips show. My bleeding heart has disappeared this year, an over winter casualty or Mick's overzealous pruning? Well, I've had it years and it was well established so I know which I'm going with! I do like your white variety though. It so easy to get carried away when you start plant shopping, isn't it? Take a look at this post I wrote on my old blog if you're a fan of coleus - http://jo-thegoodlife.blogspot.com/2014/07/garden-visiting-in-july-part-one.htmlReplyDelete
I can see your garden being a mass of colour as well as veggies with all those lovely new plants.
Wow - what an amazing collection of coleus! It's amazing how much diversity there is beyond the standard ones that you often find in the shops. I'm totally hooked! As I was browsing your post, I couldn't help admire those borders too - that is exactly the feeling I'm hoping to create in my garden, albeit much smaller in scale obviously ;) Ha! Overzealous pruning is how we lost a couple of weeping cyprus shrubs - which is when my husband was thereafter banned from any but the most rudimentary of yard work ;)Delete
It definitely is easy to get swept up at the garden centre, especially the ones with row upon row of interesting varieties. I could have easily purchased twice what I did - hard as it may be to believe, there was actually some restraint going on lol :)
Wow! To say you've been busy would be a gross understatement. Seventy-two shrubs, trees and perennials would be a lot for a crew of gardeners not to speak of an individual gardener (even if she manages to corral family members on occasion). Add planting out your vegetable garden and clearing rocks and I'm exhausted just reading about it. I envy you all those fruit trees. We inherited several with our garden but some died and others struggled so much with our increasingly warm winter climate that I pulled many of them, giving some away. All I've got left is a peach tree (which has yet to produce edible fruit) and a fig, guava and 2 persimmons, all of which with the exception of the guava are generally stripped by the critters well before the fruit ripens.ReplyDelete
When I'm at the garden centre, thoughts of the actual amount of work that getting the plants into the ground will entail take a back seat. In fact, those thoughts are often locked in the trunk ;) But in all honesty, when I stand back and see the border slowly filling up, it's such a fantastic feeling. I can't wait to see everything take off...I'm one of those people that is out there each day seeing if there has been any new growth, even on the plants I plopped into the ground the day before ;) If I'm being realistic, not everything will do well or behave as I expect, but hopefully most of them will!Delete
When it comes to fruit, while we do have many fruit trees that grow well here, we have our fair share (more actually!) of critters or insect pests that either reduce or completely decimate the harvest. Apples, for example, need to be individually covered in order to avoid coddling moth & plum curculio issues. I have to admit, though, they are worth the trouble.
Spring has certainly sprung in your garden, and it's looking very colourful.ReplyDelete
Yes, those bees must be very happy on the Siberian peashrub …
You've been very busy, but it's so rewarding.
My good wishes.
All the best Jan
Thanks Jan - it really is very rewarding, especially as I've been looking forward to this stage of the plan for a few years now. Who doesn't like going a bit overboard at the garden centre? ;)Delete
Oh my goodness, that Siberian Peashrub is special! I'm with you on the Coleus--I always have to have a few in pots around the garden. The colors and forms are so fascinating. You have been busy, busy!ReplyDelete
It's been crazy busy, but in spurts - in between the rain showers & wind storms! At least all the rain is great for the new plants. Looking forward to relaxing & hanging out with you in Denver!Delete
You have been working hard. Isn't it lovely, though to come back from the garden centre with a boot full of plants and then to start planning and planting up the borders.ReplyDelete
It is fabulous! I very well may have just started an annual ritual :)Delete
Hello there Margaret ! .. I have been a bit MIA .. between the bad weather and a second eye surgery, which is going to hold me up a week now (of course in the midst of EVERYTHING !) .. before that happened I managed another Japanese maple, Tamukeyana, I just couldn't help myself ? and even when not in physical action I managed to make two "healthy" Spring bulb orders for this Fall which I will probably wonder WHY ?????ReplyDelete
I so get you about the mouse playing while the cat is away .. that made me LAUGH !! thanks ! .. It looks like your gardens are humming along and YES to that going from a snail's pace to all out roadrunner when the weather is gracious and our plants JUMP forward like mad .. it is EXHAUSTING and you have way more than I do to handle !
I love your quote .. it is TOTALLY true ;-)
PS .. I stuck with bulbs, especially tulips that are weather resistant , after this so called Spring I want to be prepared ? haha
BTY ... Pretty pictures !! gorgeous combo on the tulips
PS .. I also went mad for hydrangea when they had a "how could you resist sale" at Canadian Tire .. go figure, shrubs are easier than too many perennials to baby ?
Who can resist a gorgeous hydrangea? Not me! I'm adding two this year and have my eye on a couple more varieties.Delete
Ha! All of the plants I purchased were sitting on the driveway beside the garage when my husband got home from his trip - he's so used to that by now that when I ask "did you notice my purchases?", he has no idea what I'm talking about - guess I should consider myself lucky on that he leans more towards the oblivious on front :)
YES! to ordering bulbs to plant up this fall! I was just looking at the flowerbulbsrus website last week & you can get a 10% discount if you order before the end of August - well, I'm ALL about the deals, so I figure this is a good opportunity to stop procrastinating (I've been saying I'll add more bulbs to the garden for YEARS now!) and just order. I'll deal with the "Why on earth did I do that??" once fall rolls around - lol. I bet that both you and I will be thrilled next spring, though!
The weather seems to finally be more consistently spring/summer like - I hope you heal up quickly and are back to it next week enjoying your garden & the summer that's finally arrived :)
Crikey, I thought I was bad enough when let loose in a garden centre but compared to you I am an amateur. You have some lovely flowers. We have a fairly deep blue forget-me-not that I love. Our weather had turned cold and wet today not very summer like at all.ReplyDelete
I tend to go a bit overboard sometimes & this was no exception. I love forget-me-nots, both up close and from a distance - they form such a delicate swath of baby blue. They're one of the few plants that I don't mind when they self-seed everywhere :)Delete
Like the Bumblebees, I really like the Siberian peashrubs, though I've never heard of them before. The sand cherry looks good, also. Happy gardening!ReplyDelete
Thanks Jason! I love the peashrub & will probably incorporate another into the garden at some point.Delete
Hey there again Margaret .. I left a lengthy answer about the Japanese maples back on my site .. but it really does come down to, YES .. protection and truly watering well during a hot summer (I learned the hard with that .. I got lazy and left it all to the sprinkler system) especially newly planted trees, they NEED a lot of TLC .. but the pay back is wonderful when they look gorgeous ! .. I too am all about a "deal" so like you I ordered early because I got deals ? LOL .. and orange is the predominant colour for next Spring .. couldn't help myself with that either ..ReplyDelete
The weather is back to cool and rainy today but before it started hubby helped me with a few things .. I had to get some more summer blooming bulbs, that came late, in .. so fingers crossed that pays off.
Any time you want to chat about gardening .. just drop an email .. I love having more in depth conversations on plants or anything gardening .. our season is so short it becomes a bit of a madhouse trying to keep up with the blog and the garden at the same time and I can well imagine you are way too busy to have a moment to yourself that isn't about gardening ? LOL
A madhouse is right - there's just so much to do in such a short time (especially if you are a weather wimp like me!). I love talking gardening & have actually just arrived in Denver for the Garden Bloggers Fling (see the link in my sidebar). It's such a fun time - all gardens and garden talk - and you are surrounded by like-minded, garden-crazy bloggers from all over North America...next year it's being held in Madison, Wisconsin (a similar climate to ours)...you should really consider going!Delete
Thanks for the Japanese maple tips. I would love to get one - or three;) - into the garden but I'll have to find a good, protected spot (and keep them well watered!). I'll definitely stick to one of the less expensive varieties while I'm on the steep part of the learning curve :)