I only managed to get 4 hours in the garden this weekend. Why? Because I'm so busy?? Well, I am but no - it was because IT WOULDN'T STOP RAINING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was out from 8:30 a.m. until noon Saturday. I was ready to go back after lunch but the rain had started, just as the weatherman predicted. Sigh...
The only wonderful thing about spring rain is it makes everything this gorgeous, fresh, lemony lime-y GREEN colour - so refreshing - so New!
Here's what happening in my garden right now:
The viburnum x burkwoodii under the Dining Room window is ready to bloom - I can hardly wait - it's so fragrant.
The electric blue muscari are stunning in a formal setting or just in small clumps on their own
The peonies and lilacs are in bud - unless it gets very warm and stays warm, it will be about 2 weeks until they pop.
The Serviceberry has delicate white blooms
The magnolia is magnificent! It's short time of magnificence but very powerful
Over the years my tulips have really faded away, only 1-2 coming up where I originally had 20. That's because today's hybrid tulip does not have the staying power of your grandma's tulips. But narcissus divide and spread on their own and the best part? Squirrels hate them because they are bitter tasting
In the front yard the delicate Epimedium (Barrenwort) has come up - one type with pink flowers, the other with pale yellow. So pretty
Emerging hostas look like plump stumps but open into stunningly beautiful variegated leaves
....and a fabulous clump of Solomon's Seal
Dainty pink Bleeding Hearts
...and a few thin ferns have turned into a lovely clump under the pussywillows
OK - there's lots of other gorgeous stuff sprouting everywhere.
Here come the ones that are Bad, but they are not the worst. The reason I term the "bad" is because they spread.
Nepeta (or Catnip)
But the Worst of the Worst are 2 plants related to the carrot family
One is Queen Anne's Lace
But the most "insidious plant a gardener can plant (and I did, against all good advice) is Bishop's Weed or Goutweed.
I spent half of Saturday morning ripping out a small section of it and still am not nearly done.
Oh well.....such is a gardener's life! I still love (most of) it!!!!!!