Saturday, April 22, 2017

GBFD - April 22, 2017

"April is a promise that May is bound to keep."
Hal Borland

Garden Bloggers Foliage Day in April is a wonderful thing for this zone 6B gardener in Massachusetts. There are lots of trees budding and/or leafing out as well as perennials breaking ground  
but few flowers.
This is an Apple tree that is growing wild in our wooded lot. Lots of Apple cores have been thrown in there over the years.

Heuchera is coming up. I love the new leaves with their red veins.

This is the 2nd year for Wild Ginger in the woodland garden. I'm happy to see that it's spreading, not so happy to see that something has nibbled at it. But, it's part of gardening, isn't it?

There is lots of Columbine coming up. By the size of it, it won't be long before it blooms.

Painted Daisies have great foliage. A plus for when the flowers fade.

The Ornamental Cherry is doing well. It's fairly young and hasn't bloomed much. Maybe this is the year!

Catnip makes for a happy kitty named Idgie.

The camera would not focus on the Hawthorne tree. The buds are really pretty. You can see the thorns on the branch.

Two of the Clematis are doing wonderful. It's so exciting to think they could have a lot of blooms this year.

The climbing Hydrangea is getting leaves. It's a 2nd year plant and probably won't bloom for a few more years.

This Crabapple was really small when I got it. I hope it will bloom this year.

Last but not least, the Hosta is coming up in the sunnier spots around the yard.

 Today, I'm grateful for my good friend, Carolin, who is a fellow gardener and Jesus follower.

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Happy Gardening, Sally

Friday, April 21, 2017

Rain, Sweet Rain

"The force of Spring - mysterious, fecund, powerful beyond measure."
Michael Garofalo

It's raining today. Not one of those lovely spring rains that are warm. It's cold and dank but, at least,  it's rain. We've had a rain deficit for several years and it looks like this year we will have normal levels of water. After this good soaking things should start to pick up in the gardens.
Creeping Phlox starting to open

Fritillaria Michailovskiy, a new addition to the garden this year. The flower is laying on the ground, which I find a little odd...perhaps the stem will grow more.

A little patch of Heuchera. Hopefully, they will like that spot.

The Yellow Primrose is blooming after the others.

See the yellow in the lawn? It's moss....I think it's pretty and it doesn't have to be mowed.....I'm sure the Saver won't be happy when he sees it.

Precious little Forget-me-nots are starting to bloom.

Lovely Primrose is just full of blooms. The blue one was eaten by something that eats the blue off the petals and leaves the yellow centers.....

The big garden is so bare right now It's amazing that in a couple of weeks it will be filled in and full of color.

My garden wish list keeps getting surprise there. I'd like some more Primrose and suspect there will be some to rescue from the discount shelf at Lowe's before long. Another plant I want is an ornamental Mullein. I saw several of them at the daylily farm last summer and was wowed by them. Here are two pictures I took while there.

I can't begin to tell you how tall and striking they were. It was love at first site!! I'm also looking at drought tolerant plants for the section of the big garden by the road. There's not much that thrives there but I thought about Fountain grass, possibly Gaura and some lamb's ears, Coreopsis and Yarrow. I'm also on the hunt for a white Birch tree...I love them and want one in the woodland garden. That's my wish list so far.....what's yours?
Today, I'm grateful for the rain...even if it's cold and ugly!

Happy Gardening, Sally

Saturday, April 15, 2017

GBBD - Spring has Sprung!

"Every Spring is the only Spring, a perpetual astonishment."
Ellis Peters

Old Man Winter left the door open and Spring has a leg in. As April marches on, a few brave flowers have bloomed.
Daffodils are so bright and cheery

I have probably been told over and over what this plant is but I never remember! In any case, it faithfully blooms.

Forsythia is one of the very first to bloom. 
Pulmonaria in all it's glory.

This Primrose is an amazing color.

A 3rd year Hellebore blooming!  

Another beautiful Primrose.
Happy Spring and Happy Gardening from zone 6b Massachusetts!

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Just in Time for Easter

"Where man sees but withered leaves, God sees sweet flowers growing."
Albert Laighton

What a beautiful week this has been in zone 6B, Massachusetts! 
This is a crocus I forgot all about. Below, is the same plant a few days later.

So beautiful!

The Primrose is coming around. 

Mystery plant.....

More Crocus that I didn't remember.

I love the blossoms on Pulmonaria. Pink and blue flowers on the same plant and no grafting!

Forsythia is a sure sign of spring!
After a tormenting March, April is not disappointing. Today is the coolest day of the week, 50's F. Earlier this week, the temperature got up to 80F! 

The Saver and I are in the middle of a home renovation which we are doing some of ourselves. It's been on hold while waiting for a cabinet to come in so, I've had the opportunity to be in the gardens every day. Very quickly, I've felt my age! I'm paying the price for a sedentary winter.....Still, there's so much satisfaction in seeing the gardens come along.

As I wait for plants to come up, I have to remind myself it's only the middle of April. Patience and more patience as I scour the earth for signs of plant growth.  Next month there will be an explosion of plant life. I can hardly wait!

I hope you're enjoying your gardens as much as I'm enjoying mine.

Today, I'm grateful for the online gardening communities. Everyone is so friendly and helpful.

 Happy Gardening,

Friday, April 7, 2017

Looking for Some Life!

"No winter lasts forever, no spring skips it's turn."
Hal Borland

The weather was decent today. In the 50's F (18 C), some sunshine, a little overcast and windy but way better than it has been. 
I decided to take my camera around the yard and see what was breaking ground, blooming or not.....mostly not. This Crocus is the only thing that's going to bloom any time soon. Pulmonaria is budding as well as some Daffs.
Not finding anything of much interest in the gardens, I decided to take a walk to the brook and see if anything was coming up there. What a difference a year makes! The picture below was taken last April and if you look hard you can see the little ribbon of water.

This is the same general area today. We've had a lot of rain and it's hard to tell where the brook ends and the swampy bank ends.

The only thing coming up is Skunk cabbage. It's really interesting when it first breaks ground.

This is how thick the brush's a jungle out there!

Some color! Moss looks incredibly green when everything else is dull.

We have a couple of new dead falls because of the crazy wind we've had in March and April. In the 2nd picture, you can that this one got caught on other trees....

This is what's happening in my neck of the woods. Not much but, it's better than last week and next week will be better than this week.

Today, I'm grateful for the color blue. I drove by a house whose lawn was a blanket of blue. So beautiful! I have no idea what kind of flower it is....

Happy Gardening, 

Monday, April 3, 2017

Some long shots from the 2016 garden

"She breathes in dirt and exhales flowers." 
Author Unknown

Since we are barely coming into Spring here in zone 6B Southeast Massachusetts, I thought I would post some pictures from last summer. I started at the end of May and went through to the first of September. You can see it gradually full out and then start to die down.

Today was a glorious day.....60 F (28C) and sunny. Oh, hope! Wouldn't it be wonderful if this was the end of snow and sleet!
I managed to get some raking and planting done and am very glad the plants are finally in the ground and will get a good soaking from the rain we are having tomorrow. 
The new arrivals are Crocosmia, Irises, Succulents, Phlox and a climbing Rose. Wonderful additions to the big garden. 
I hope your gardens are full of new life.
Happy Gardening, 
Sally 😊