Gazing out the window I sat contemplating what should be done with this border. It still requires some expansion as the digging was not completed last year. But more problematic is that it is full of a hodge podge of plant sale finds. A proper planting scheme must be considered. As I sat pondering inquiring faces came to the window to see whether I would be joining them soon in the yard.
So with camera in hand I decided to head straight out to the front bed and take a look at what plants were there. We've had a bit of rain this past week and the snow is now completely removed from our yard. yah!! The tragedy is that the weather is still quite chilly, we even had snow on Friday afternoon, so although plants are beginning to emerge from the earth their growth is not fast and furious but just a smidgeon at a time, testing the temperature as they go. These bleeding hearts are just beginning to poke their noses out of the earth.
It was a rather triumphant day though as I found the evidence of numerous plants that have survived the winter. In the entrance bed I found the white phlox 'David' pushing its way into the world.
|White phlox 'David'|
Also found was the Mountain bluet.
|Mountain bluet is beginning to push out leaves|
A surviving plant tag next to the emerging foliage told me this plant was the Bluet. Otherwise I would have had some difficulty knowing what was growing there. Tragically many of the plants don't have tags.
I was able to identify some, like this lambs ear, simply by sight.
Other plants I was not so fortunate. I'm fairly certain I planted a ligularia in the front bed but I could have sworn it was in a much different spot. This could possibly be the golden glow but again, I thought that was in a different spot.
That presents a bit of a difficulty because I had intended to move the Golden Glow. I'll have to wait a bit longer and hopefully their identities will become more evident.
Some of the plants I wasn't certain about but luckily I created a master garden list last summer and was able to put some names with faces. Like this artemesia.
From the entrance bed I moved out into the yard to see if any of my bulbs were ready to appear. The daylilies have started to push through although it will be some months before they are ready to bloom.
The muscari have only produced the tiniest of leaves but the Siberian squill, despite their diminutive size are producing buds.
From there I wandered over to the vegetable garden. Last fall's garlic has started to grow and is doing quite well.
Chives are also sprouting and the Hardy geranium 'Samobor' that I tucked into the raised beds for lack of a better planting space has begun to produce leaves.
The final triumph of the day came as I was wandering around the raised vegetable beds. Some weeks ago I had commented to hubby that I found it strange that field mice would tunnel into our lawn. I don't really know if mice are diggers and I'm wondering if all the holes can possibly be attributed to them. Hubby said that they had to live somewhere in the winter and the mice couldn't very well live out in the open. In fact his comment was something to the effect of 'you don't see them building little teepees out on the lawn so you?'
Well who's laughing now?
It might not be a teepee but I know a straw hut when I see one.