Spring has been quite hectic this year. Rushing around trying to complete various chores before the heat sets in and before plants and weeds get too big. This last week the temperature has been climbing higher and higher, humidity even set in. In response the season came on with a bang. Trees are showing off full cloaks of green and perennial flowers are starting to bulk up. I decided I needed to get out with the camera before it all flew right by me.
The tulips are still blooming but starting to look slightly worn. I expect we'll only get a few more days out of them.
|Van Eijk tulip|
|Angelique tulips started out a soft pink and have darkened over the last week|
Last year the bleeding hearts were just starting to form flowers at this time. The weather has been much nicer this spring and as you can see the plants are full grown and flowering profusely.
|The bleeding hearts have begun their annual explosion|
Other spring blooming perennials are just producing buds.
|The flowers of Anemone sylvestris are just beginning to open|
|Heuchera sanguinea 'Ruby Bells'|
In the vegetable garden the perennial plants are have sprung forth and we have started to enjoy our first meals of fresh grown asparagus this week.
Some of the shoots got a little large before I got to picking! Oops. They grow awful quick when it heats up. You can see our gigantic rhubarb in the background. Rhubarb crisp will be on the menu in the next few days.
Blooms are also appearing on trees and shrubs.
|Starry blooms of Serviceberry|
|This red elderberry is set to burst into hundreds of tiny blossoms|
|Flowers on pin cherry trees|
Of course the list wouldn't be complete without the buds of the apple trees. The orchard is turning pink and soon we will be overtaken with blooms.
My tour took me to see some of our trees planted last season. This dwarf alberta spruce was covered in new needles. It likes it's new home.
I had completely forgotten about this Pagoda Dogwood. We planted it in April when it had no leaves and now it has leafed out completely and looks amazing.
The great thing about this walk is that I was able to see all the trees and shrubs planted out in the meadow easily due to the new path cut by Jody.
This year we won't have to lug buckets of water through thick grass. Instead we can leisurely stroll through and check on the trees progress and take evening walks amongst the wildflowers.