This Spring some days are cooler and some warmer…for example….this past weekend it snowed, rained, hailed and was very windy with no Sun! Today its sunny and high 40’s which makes it feel like a heatwave.
After getting home from the acupuncturist this morning sweet Ginger and I went for a walk. When we got back I walked the front cottage gardens…know as the Ladies Garden. Its so good to see green standing taller in the beds…
“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in my garden”
Starting with flowers in bloom in the front cottage gardens…
Tulips, sorry about my thumb…
Some of the beds have filled back in with leaves from our neighbors. In Spring I typically clean my beds three times: 1) early raking; 2) heavy raking/weeding/deadheading; and 3) blow raking after all the nuisance Silver Maples whirly birds fallen the first week of June.
Lungwort (Pulmonaria)…just love this Spring beauty.
Mayapple (Podophyllum peltatum). The Mayapple “umbrellas’s” will soon be opening up full.
“Down in the shady woodland where fern-fronds are uncurled,
A host of green umbrellas are swiftly now unfurled.
Do they shelter fairy people from sudden pelting showers?
Or are the leaves but sunshades to shield the waxen flowers?…”
–Mandrakes, Minnie Curtis Wait (1901)
Mayapple in front Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica)in back. Before our trees fill in the area receives full sun.
A favorite Spring perrenial…Woodland Poppy (Stylophorum diphyllum)
Vinca Minor, both common and latin name
Clematis in bud and leafing out…
After the rains last week many of the perennials are spreading out..
Fringed Leaf Bleeding Heart (Dicentra eximia). The fringed bleeding heart is my favorite…it holds better during the whole summer unlike the one below. Its blooms are small in comparison..
Bleeding Heart (Dicentra spectabilis)
The next few days and in to the weekend the weather is going to warm up and be in the high 60’s through the weekend. Starting tomorrow I’ll be cleaning the beds in the sun garden and secret garden. Here’s hoping I’m feeling good enough to get it done.
This week my greenhouse is being set up and seeds started…just a great time of year..
“I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?”
Hope you weather is warming, if it hasn’t already, and you can head outside to your gardens!