It is almost Spring. Even though we had snow several days ago, the plants in our yard are telling me it is almost Spring.
My body also tells me winter is passing. It is difficult for me to tolerate the cold, so not much time was spent in the yard this winter, hence the lack of posts to this blog for a while.
The weather was beautiful here today- a lovely spring like day. It was good day for working in the yard and for wandering around to enjoy the landscape. Both working in the yard and taking pictures of the yard provide me with excuses to spend time admiring nature.
The modest green blooms of the helleborus will soon give way to seeding and be out-shined by the brighter colors of spring blooming flowers in the yard.
One of the first plants to bloom in our yard is the daffodil, providing bright splashes of yellow scattered around the yard.
The Pieris Andromeda is just starting to bloom. This clump of flowers is one of the first to open on the bush. They have charming bell shaped pendulous racemes.
Our Jordan’s Pride camellia got a severe pruning last year, so I was surprised to see that it had any blooms on it this year.
Tulip leaves are up. I have no idea what color the flowers will be, so it will be a nice surprise when they come up. One of the tulip leaves had to be rescued from an oak leaf. The leaf had grown through a hole in the oak leaf and was constricting the tulip leaf.
The dormant perennials in the container garden are starting to leaf out. The mums in the large pot are first. Years ago, when these mums were purchased, we did not know if they would survive winter here, but they return each year and provide a nice display of white blooms. The hostas in the long planter are just tiny little tips that were too difficult to photograph.
In the pot around a sedum plant, I planted bulbils collected from our Tiger Lilies. These were planted last year and they have just sprouted. They will probably have to be transplanted from the pot sometime this spring. Otherwise they will hide the sedum.
Today, I looked for and found Spring in our yard. I also found plenty of yardwork that needs to be done. This was the third day of cutting back liriope, which has to be done by hand and is not yet done.
The next garden project will be planting some gladiolus bulbs in pots. I’m thinking of layering them with other bulb to have an extended blooming time.
Dappled shade of hickory and oak trees pattern our front walk. The bed along the walkway is the perfect place for Impatiens plants. They thrive in humus rich soil and the shade of the trees.
This flower bed has always had Impatiens lining the path. I learned about these lovely plants from my parents-in-law many years ago. My father-in-law would plant them in his flower bed next to their back patio every year, creating a lovely spot of bright color.
When I first planted Impatiens along the path of our home, I discovered that the chipmunks would pick the blooms off and eat them. So, I decided that I needed to fill the bed with them to have enough for him to eat and plenty left for us to enjoy looking at. Now, there are so many plants in the yard for the chipmunk to choose from, that the Impatiens are no longer in threat of stripped bare of blooms. This means I don’t have to fill the whole bed with Impatiens to have a good show of blooms.
Now that I can have other plants in the bed too, I needed to figure out what plants would work together in succession so there would be color from early spring to fall. Now they share the bed with daffodils, Columbine and Hosta.
In early spring, daffodils provide color down the middle of the bed. Then, as the daffodils are fading and their foliage withering, the Hosta in the back and Columbine along the middle come up and put on a show. The large variegated elliptic Hosta leaves are a nice foliage contrast to the smaller trifoliate columbine leaves. The Columbine bloom first and then the Hosta.
Both have attractive blooms but short blooming season, so it is the foliage that creates most of the interest and becomes the backdrop for Impatiens during spring and summer.
When the ground has warmed enough and our area is past danger of frost, then the Impatiens are planted along the front half of the bed. They have a long blooming season that can last past our first frost if I cover them at night. Their lovely blooms create a swath of bright color along the shady walkway.
It was a brisk start to a lovely day.
A sunny and cool afternoon was perfect for planting daffodil bulbs bought on sale after planting season. They will grow, but not not bloom until later than usual.
The resident daffodils getting ready for their February blooming time.