A Slow Start
We've had a very slow start to the season around here, same as last year. The temperatures were on the cool side throughout April - we only hit the normal "average" high for this time of year a handful of times all month. Between the rain, cold and wind, good gardening days were few and far between.
Several veg should have already been transplanted into the garden including the onions, lettuce, kale and broccoli. I have a couple of trays that have been hardening off for a long time, waiting not only for a good day to transplant, but also a favourable long range forecast. It looks like this is the week when they will finally make it into a bed.
The cool temps have meant that outside, things have been slow to wake up. I'm certain the garlic is a bit behind in coming up, but by how much I'm not sure.
Garlic foliage makes an appearance
Another edible that is showing signs of life are the apple trees.
The daffodils in the south facing back garden are just starting to bloom:
The daffs in the west border, however are a little further behind.
All of the daffodils in the garden are either inherited from the previous owners or purchased from Easter school fundraisers. Since I don't have variety names on any of them, I'm not certain if the difference is due to location or variety.
Another inherited spring bloomer is this hyacinth:
The tulips are rising from the deep:
These are also on the north side of the house, but further from the actual house so they do receive some sun. I have a few tulips in a no-sun location closer to the house which are on the moving "to-do" list.
I added several different daylilies to the west border last year & a few are already making an appearance:
I planted them in the early part of the summer and they were a bit straggly all season, although all of them did bloom. I'm hopeful that they have settled in and we'll see a much better display this year, although this guy seems a bit singed at the tips, perhaps from exposure to some sub-zero temperatures after it started to come up.
The David Austin rose I planted last year made it through the winter, which I couldn't be more thrilled about.
|'Crown Princess Margareta'|
The 'At Last' rose, however, didn't fair as well, which is odd as that one is definitely supposed to be hardy here. It's another favourite for it's beautiful colour and fragrance, so I also piled on the mulch in the fall (even though technically I shouldn't have to). Out of half a dozen stems, only one made it through the winter.
'At Last' Rose
The one stem that survived the winter is, thankfully, budding.
Today is going to be a lovely day - sunny, calm & a high of 18C/65F! - and I plan to make the most of it. I have about 5 yards of mulch to spread, mainly in the veg garden areas/paths, and I also picked up a carload of manure (bagged manure, that is) yesterday that I want to deal with. I'll be recruiting my kids to help out so I'm hopeful that it will all get done today - wishful thinking?? We'll see! One thing's for sure...it's going to be a good day in the garden.😁