With a flourish, Spring opens her petals and waves her branches in a cheery hello. Even today’s cloudy skies can’t dim her enthusiasm. And, so the garden season begins.
The fruit trees are gorgeous this year. Must be all that winter rain and snow. We’re still in a drought, but at least, we got some moisture. Even if we get a late freeze, and I don’t get peaches, the blooms are so exquisite I would grow them anyway. If you’re going to have one spring-blooming tree in your front yard, make it a fruit tree. You may need two if it isn’t self pollinating. I wrote about this at length in my book,The 20-30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening 101 for Anyone Who Wants to Grow Stuff.
Forsythia x intermedia ‘Linwood Gold’ is looking great in the front yard too. This is the first year it’s really bloomed with abandon. I planted it in 2011. That’s the same year I planted Cercis canadensis The Rising Sun™ redbud. One thing about the redbud that irritates me every year. Red Humped Caterpillars attack this specific variety with abandon so it looks terrible midsummer on. It must have the most tender leaves because the same caterpillar doesn’t ruin everything else. I will try my best to catch it this summer with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) before the damage gets too heavy. If you go look at that post and live in the middle South or Texas, don’t plant Chamaecyparis obtusa ‘Fernspray Gold.’ I had to remove it this year. Chamis just aren’t happy here. I also killed Mahonia eurybracteata ‘Soft Caress.’
I make these stupid plant choices so you don’t have to.
Crocus give way to daffodils, and soon, the tulips will start lining up for their Easter parade. Tulipa ‘Passionale’ is already abloom. Note that I usually suggest growing late tulips. ‘Passionale’ is a Triumph type and blooms mid to late spring. I would say more on the middle side here. I fell in love with the color.
With highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s, Spring dances like Cinderella going to the ball. By the by, if you haven’t seen the new Cinderella, it’s a treat–especially when the Fairy Godmother goes shopping in the vegetable patch for a suitable carriage.
Leucojum aestivum, above, chimes in early with its white bells. I think Leucojum would make wonderful earrings for Cinderella, don’t you?
I don’t remember planting all of these daffodils with pink cups. When on Earth did I do that? Actually, I went back and looked at an order from 2013. I bought ‘Pink Charm’ narcissus from Van Engelen that fall. It’s described as a great naturalizer. Yeah, I guess so.
Last night’s thunderstorm wasn’t supposed to create more than straight winds and hail, but I guess no one told the tornadoes. There were several, but most were small. I did hear there was one fatality near Tulsa which is terribly sad. More damage south of me in Moore. I think I’m glad I don’t live in Moore although I’m sure it’s a nice community. They see a lot of tornadic activity.
This jonquil growing again iris foliage is ‘N. Early Louisiana.’ I bought it from Old House Gardens in 2008. It’s a tiny thing.
Hellebores are still blooming especially in areas with morning sun. I need to move some plants where they will get more sun. I have a bad spot in the front garden bed where there is just too much shade to grow nearly anything. Need to rethink it and dig up two nandinas that died there. If you can’t grow a nandina in a spot, that’s bad.
Speaking of bad, Brennan dug up three more roses for me. I heard that Will Rogers Park’s historic rose garden has lost every rose to Rose Rosette Disease. I haven’t driven there to see if it’s true, but I wouldn’t be surprised.
I’m only bringing this up because no matter how beautiful the garden, we all have our challenges and trouble spots. When trouble comes, I ponder what next to try, but I also don’t forget to enjoy the garden’s beauty one bloom at a time.
I wonder what Will Rogers Park staff has in mind for their historic garden. Happy Spring Everyone!