It is the first day of April and it was 78 degrees in Canton today! I believe that it may have set a record. I went for a walk at lunch and I was very glad I had a parasol with me because the sun was beating down and I definitely would have been too warm and possibly sunburned if I hadn’t.
I didn’t get out to take photos in the front garden until around 8pm tonight so they don’t show the glorious sunshine, but they do show some things budding and growing.
The black hollyhock I planted from seed last year didn’t do much then, but it seems to be growing pretty well so far this year:
As you can see, I still haven’t cleared out the leaves I mulched with last fall. The forecast for next week is cooler, and I’m not convinced that it’s safe yet.
What I think is the white astilbe seedling I planted last year is budding:
It never did much last year and it sure looks beensy this year! We’ll see.
I think this stuff is Curiosity (Nigella) that I planted from seed last year and which never did anything at all. It didn’t even sprout last year, but the seeds seem to have survived:
Finally, the lavender‘s not really doing anything yet but it is such a pretty silvery color:
The past couple of days have been spectacular! I’ve been for several walks each day, soaking up the vitamin D as much as possible. Yesterday, I took these photos of the silver maple tree in front of our house:
Look at that sky! It could hardly have been bluer.
It was gorgeous yesterday so when we were both home from work, K and I took the dogs for a walk and I spent a few minutes snapping some photos of thecrocuses, which are now blooming. I planted these along the front border of the front garden (nee front yard):
I suppose I should probably clean up these old leaves sometime soon.
In the back yard, I noticed that there’s something sprouting in the AC unit garden. I think it might be daylilies? They seem to crop up in this area every year, though I have been moving them to another bed:
While we were hanging around in the back yard, Logan was keeping close by me. She’s such a lovey dog, but she can be slightly camera-shy. She didn’t want to look at me, but I did manage to snap a nice profile:
We had such warm temperatures this past week that most of the snow melted, and it’s been raining lightly but steadily all morning, so I think any remaining snow has disappeared. I don’t even mind the rain, because my crocuses are coming up!
I planted quite a few mixed crocus and snow crocus in the front garden last year and it appears that they will bloom soon.
Some of the other front garden plants seem to have survived the winter, including the blue sea holly:
We’ve had quite a bit of rain lately, but interspersed with some nice, warm sun. Perfect weather for the garden! Things are sprouting up all over. Well, not really, but they’re sprouting.
The tulips out front have also been benefiting from the good weather.
Finally, we’ve had a few people out to give us estimates on tilling the front yard. I still see value in doing that, but I’ve been reading up on a few websites that recommend not tilling – just leaving the mulch in place and digging holes to plant things and letting the mulch keep out the weeds until the perennials fill in. I took a peek and the grass is totally composted/smothered/gone underneath the mulch! I was sort of afraid that there would be a bunch of matted grass under there, but hooray, there’s totally not! Which means that tilling may be much less important than I previously anticipated. It would definitely be nice to save that money for other purposes. Most of the plants I’ve ordered for the front yard haven’t arrived yet, but my Seed Savers order for the front yard came today.
I can’t wait to start planting, but I will, because I want to be able to really see the whole big picture when I’m placing things.