Friday, April 19, 2013

hoooohhh my god, I've been busy in the garden

Trout lily aka dog's tooth violet.  Gorgeous flower, not sure which name is less  ill-fitting.  My favorite herald of spring.

No one ever did call me a liar.  Since my last post, I've sweat, planted, watered, dug, shovel-banged my shins about 4 times really hard, and spread mulch.  Lots and lots of mulch.  Though I have mother nature to thank for all the perennials below that have greeted me this spring, I have done a lot or work in my vegetable garden as well.  Back again, under the grow lights, or already seeded in the beds RIGHT NOW are: peppers (ancho, cayenne, habanero, jalapeno, pepperoncini, yellow bells), tomatoes (Cherokee, hillbilly, Japanese black trifele, yellow grapes), tomatillo, edamame, seminole and sugar baby pumpkin, Charentais melon, black garbanzo beans, French filet beans, chard, asparagus, herbs (thyme, oregano, parsley, peppermint, rosemary), rhubarb, raspberry, strawberry, arugula, mizuna, radish, beets, carrots, lingonberry, and peas.  The only thing not accounted for are the cornichon-type cukes - just because I forgot.  And that pisses me off.  But yes, I'm very pleased with all the work I've done thus far.  I'm definitely turning around the years of neglect my gardens have felt.  And now a visual of the perennials...

I snapped this photo just 4 days ago thinking I'd get to post them in time for Garden Blogger's Bloom Day.  I didn't get a chance too on the 15th, but now the hostas are all up!

So happy about this.  This big old dying silver maple is gone, leaving a lovely view of the creeping phlox from my living room, more sun for my vegetable garden, and a throne for the kid.  Below: blue anemone

Above: fox's grape  Below: checkered lily

Above: hostas working their way through dried leaves always reminds me of babies cutting teeth.  Below: euphorbia rudolph.

If there's one thing I can do really well, it's hellebores!  But who can mess those up?

Above: the blue anemone in full bloom (not as lovely as when they're just opening I think).  Below: great things in store with the peony, clematis, allium budding.  

Above: fothergilla...ah, fothergilla.  Is there any medium-sized shrub with great fall color that is more perfect? Below: one of my 5 lingonberries in bloom.  Pretty flowers, tart and tasty fruit.  Is there another small-space fruiting evergreen shrub more perfect than the lingonberry? No and no.

What's going on in your spring garden?
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