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?


  1. My stuff is just waking up--Maine, zone 5. Lingonberries just greening, buds on all else just swelling, Spring is here for sure, just a bit later than yours.

  2. Hey you!!!!! You are a rockstar!!! Loving the throne for your kids!!! And your perennials are insane!! I can't believe how much is up by you!!!! My bleeding hearts are only half up right now....I can't wait to see more...cheers to you!!!!

  3. I think you have done a great job for your garden! In my garden, there is only spring and summer or perhaps only summer.

  4. What a beautiful selection of Spring plants. It seems like your garden is rewarding you for all of your hard work :-) Spring is very behind in my garden in the UK due to the cold weather, but things are catching up now it's got warmer.

  5. Such a wonderful array of spring flowers. I really like spring flowers as they are so refreshingly beautiful.

  6. Everything looks great! I'm so glad you included the picture of the tree, it's nice to see a bigger picture of your yard :) Your vegetable garden sounds wonderful, that's my project for next weekend!!

  7. That's great work in garden! The plants and flowers look lovely! Happy Spring!

  8. What is wrong with me?! I've missed your voice, but just now got around to transferring you to my new reader, Bloglovin. So...sorry to have missed out on your latest fun-filled posts, but I'm baaack, and ready to resume the conversation.

  9. I love just-emerging stuff--it's so cool to watch all that new growth appear, as if by magic, and to see how swiftly some of it progresses! Checkered lilies are the coolest--I can't believe they just show up with those patterns, all by themselves. Surely the fairies must come out at night and paint those patterns on there! :)


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