Melting

Yesterday I was off work from the weekend, and I was so happy to see more snow melting and sun shining.

snow is melting!

Look at that! Practically the entire driveway is free of ice! The downspouts were busy all day, making what I found in this case to be a pleasant sound.

snow is melting!

snow is melting!

The area between the garden and the house has totally melted and the mulch here was actually pretty dry as I walked across it in the early afternoon.

snow is melting!

The Russian Sage looks so pretty!

snow is melting!

snow is melting!

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heat wave

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:

black hollyhock coming up

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:

white astilbe 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:

Curiosity (Nigella papillosa) coming up

Finally, the lavender‘s not really doing anything yet but it is such a pretty silvery color:

lavender

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crocus!

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 the crocuses, which are now blooming. I planted these along the front border of the front garden (nee front yard):

crocus in the front garden

crocus in the front garden

crocus in the front garden

They’re so tiny but so satisfying.

The tulips under the red maple tree are also sprouting more by the day:

tulips coming up under the red maple out front

tulips coming up under the red maple out front

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:

something coming up in the AC unit garden

something coming up in the AC unit garden

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:

Logan stands twisty

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rainy Spring! Saturday

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!

lots of crocus (crocii?) coming up

crocus coming up

crocus 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:

blue sea holly

the periwinkle vinca:

periwinkle vinca

and the Snow-in-Summer:

Snow in Summer

Things in the back yard are looking pretty good, too. The asparagus isn’t growing yet but still looks pretty:

asparagus

The hyssop is green at the center:

hyssop is getting green at the heart

and the garlic is sprouting:

garlic sprouting

Hooray for Spring!

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sprouty

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.

Calabrese Green Sprouting Broccoli

Calabrese Green Sprouting Broccoli

Iceberg Lettuce

Iceberg Lettuce

The tulips out front have also been benefiting from the good weather.

black tulips

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.

Seed Savers stuff for the front yard

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.

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Spring is springing

Spring is here, or at least on the way!

purple crocus

purple crocus

purple crocus

I can see tiny bits of pollen on the edges of a few of the petals – is that an indication that some polinators have visited? I hope so!

The tulips are coming up, too. I don’t know if it means anything, but I think the way the tips of the leaves are reddish/purple is neat looking.

tulips coming up

Unfortunately, along with all the good things coming up, the stupid invincible yucca is coming up, too. I despair that we will ever be rid of it.

yuccy yucca

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