|Puschkinia libanotica with|
Iris reticulata in the background
The garden feels as if it's waking up a bit earlier than usual...or is that just me? One benefit of documenting what's going on in the garden, either in your own personal journal or online for public consumption, is seeing how the garden changes from year to year and this includes the effects of atypical weather patterns. None of us are getting any younger and I, for one, have a hard time remembering these types of things.
So far, a few bulbs have popped up including crocus, Scilla siberica, Iris peniculata and Puschkinia libanotica:
|Crocus 'Prins Claus'|
Hyacinth and daffodils are now on the verge of blooming, ready to take over the show as the super early bulbs peter out:
|Hyacinth 'Carnegie Hall'|
|Early bloomer in raised bed|
Quite a few hellebores have been added to the front garden beds over the past couple of years, but they are taking their sweet time settling in. The fact that most of them were planted under a linden tree likely doesn't help as I haven't yet provided that area with supplementary irrigation, something that I'm sure they would appreciate (and is on the 'to do' list).
|Hellebore 'Sandy Shores' is planted in the shade of a ninebark|
& it seems to be doing better than those under the linden
Now for the most thrilling spring bloom this year - the Forsythia I planted in 2019. So very exciting to finally see all the glorious yellow blooms!
|Forsythia intermedia 'Spectabilis' - First blooms!|
Although it's still quite small - just under 3' tall - this should be it's "leap" year, so I have high hopes.
Sedum and other succulents are also emerging or putting on some new growth. These next two were spontaneous purchases that I planted into the west border last year...I'm such a succulent sucker!
|Rhodiola pachyclados 'Silver Gem'|
(Silver Gem Stonecrop)
|Sedum spurium 'Tricolor' |
|Euphorbia 'Bonfire' - A pleasant surprise |
that it survived last years rabbits and our winter
Of the three that I planted, only one had a few scrawny stems left with a smattering of leaves by the end of the summer - the other two were pretty much decimated. Nonetheless, I covered all 3 plants with chicken wire & hoped for the best. Well, it looks like I may be in luck as I'm seeing new growth coming up on all of them. I do need to find an alternative to the chicken wire - this may be a satisfactory solution for the veg garden, but I'd rather not use it in a front garden bed, lol!
Much to my delight, there are many other plants in the garden that, just like the Euphorbia, are starting to wake up. Details of those to follow in part two 😊