Yes, finally, we have a day of very welcome rain – not the hard and cold rain of early spring, but a warm and gentle rain that brings everything in the gardens along. You will notice that it is time to mow the lawn and excavate some dandelions in the
pictures. I like to leave things grow a bit so that I can tell what they are (the wanted plants from the weeds).
With the warmer weather it is sorely tempting to get the more tender plants into the garden but waiting anther two weeks will save local gardeners a lot of grief (and running around with various coverings to protect things from frosty nights). Also be careful with the plants you may have just picked up from one of the many garden centres which have sprung up. Those will be tender as most are grown in southern greenhouses (often near Niagara) and will not be used to being outside or in this weather. The trick is to introduce them gradually to the outside – start with putting them in the shade and then gradually move them to the sun (over a few days). If they will be planted as perennials, the same rule applies – they will adjust more easily. Watch the weather – for the ones you have already planted, a light
covering (old sheet) will protect from light frost. Another trick is to get up early and spray everything lightly with water.
The are some things that can be planted right now for those with really itchy green thumbs. Potatoes, parsnips, and carrots can all be put into the ground without risk. Leafy greens such as lettuce, kale, spinach, and chard all enjoy cooler weather and can be planted any time now (if they aren’t already in). I was asked if I planted seeds one at a time
with precise spacing -I have to admit that I am a more haphazard gardener and sort of sprinkle seeds in rough approximations of numbers and spacing. As long as I thin things out, this seems to have worked. The exception is my head lettuce and kale which I did plant seed by seed this year – they need more room to grow, so I followed the package directions – it was easier because the seeds are larger.
These are the new “pine berries” – they look like strawberries but are white and apparently taste like pineapple.
The spinach, chard and red lettuce are sprouting
The onions are now in the garden. These were started a few weeks ago in small pots.
The reconstituted strawberry bed – a few weeks ago there was no sign of growth. Looks good now.
The fruit trees should be in bloom next week, both the wild ones (choke cherries) and the ones we planted (apples, cherries, plums, pears). The lilacs won’t be far behind.
Right now, the daffodils are in their full glory and the tulips are showing lots of colour. A nice thing about these bulbs is that they multiply over the years. The grape hyacinths are out, and the bloodroot is done. Just starting to bloom are the forget-me-nots. These little things self seed and show up randomly in the garden and I like to keep them rather than weed them out. Not everyone feels the same and they are sometimes seen as weeds.
Finally, the hosta are peeking through the ground, and the asparagus are emerging.
Here are the hosta finally peeking through. It is easy to feel that they didn’t survive when everything else is growing, so a bit of patience is needed while waiting for them. It is definitely worth it.
And the asparagus – this is the third year for this patch, so I am hoping for enough for a feed or two.
Spring is definitely in full progress…
There are at least 5 peonies in this little bed. It looks a bit bedraggled now with the fenching to keep our dogs from bouncing through and squishing tender shoots.
The Japanese iris arrived and Bill and I found an inspired (we think) way to keep them in a wet environment. The container is for a small pond so holds the water. I put in drainage holes about 3/4 of the way up the side – that way the roots can dig into the damp, and it is easy to keep from drying out. Fingers crossed because this is a cool plant when it flowers.
Love the happy tulip colours.
Remember the bare rock gardens? Well, things have greened up and the flowers will be along in the next few weeks.
Sometimes the natural garden calls out for recognition, especially on a rainy spring day.
This little Johnny Jump Up is a wildflower that self seeds. I like them so leave them do their thing.
Finally, the begonias are sprouting (in the greenhouse)
This geranium blossom was while when in the house – it turns pink with more sunshine.
Also a geranium, this is the flower of a rose scented variety. These are often used to scent potpourri.
Here, below the dandelion (which I can now dig out) are the sprouts of a lovely white laiutris. You can see the picture of the long white spikes on the label.
The first of the little forget-me-nots. Sort of whimsical for the garden.
This is the beginning of the King hosta, the one that grows to four or five feet tall and wide. It is doing well in its spot.
The greenhouse – love this building and it gets so much use. You can see the plants along the north wall hardening off. Everything will go back inside tonight as tomorrow and Sunday are supposed to be quite cool. There is a very small heater & fan in the greenhouse that keeps the inhabitants happy and safe.
Love these new plants – a variety of hens & chickens up in the meditation garden.
The grape hyacinth – no smell but a happy little bulb.