I have decided to keep tabs on what blooms when on the property… a gardening journal or diary of sorts. This will be of limited interest to others but I have been meaning to do this for years in a written journal. Blogging it will be so much better because of the photos! That way, in February when I am sure winter will never end I can look back and say…Spring will come! I wish I had started last month, but will go with what we have…
Today is April 20, 2011. It is very warm- 65° and humid. It is forecast to be 77° for a high. Hazy and very overcast.
Pieris Japonica and bee. This has been in bloom for awhile now.
Violas bought from Ashcombs a few weeks ago. First time trying them in a strawberry planter. So far the chickens havent discovered them. I may have to put them up high if they discover how tasty violets are.
Daffies are passing now.
Grape Hyacinth. Im thinking this garden (around the pond) needs some serious weeding...
Tulips. These are about the only ones on the property. They must get eaten in the winter. Also had a poor showing from the crocuses. They are all passed now.
Dandelions began popping up about a week ago. We mowed the lawn for the first time on April 16. Small flower at bottom of picture-unknown.
Burning Bush had little flowers that have passed now. Starting to leaf.
Catnip in a container overwintered well next to the porch.
Pink Bleeding Heart. There is a white one next to it that is a good deal farther behind. Not sure if that is normal or if it is because the chickens overscratched it.
Strawberries. These guys have been plugging away in this container for about 5 years now. They dont seem to make much progress but I do get more berries each year.
Hosta. These are in nearly full shade. The non-variegated are up. The variegated to the left of it is barely poking through. See next pic for variegated in full sun.
Same type of variegated Hosta, but in the sun. This is one clump--I think it may need to be divided again!
Also in bloom ‘around town’ are the Bradford Pears, Magnolias, Weeping Cherries and Phlox. We have seen the return of bluebirds, robins, tree swallows, barn swallows, cardinals and mockingbirds. Also coming to the feeder are mourning doves, house finches, chipping sparrows, starlings, grackles. Wish list: I really want to see a chickadee!