Weekend Garden Notes: Blooms, Buds, and Pots
A Fine Weekend for Gardening
The sun was shining and the temperature was mostly pleasant. It got all the way up to 69 F (21 C) on Saturday. Today was cooler, in the mid 50s (13 C), but still darn nice. To make the weather even more perfect, we got some rain Saturday night, much needed because the soil was starting to get a bit dry. The clouds had thoughtfully excused themselves by Sunday morning, however. I got through most of my spring cleaning chores, though there are still some things that need doing, mostly in the back garden.
More Spring Blooms
More of the crocus are blooming, most notably Crocus vernus ‘Twilight’.
Also, the very first of the Siberian Squill (Scilla sibirica) is blooming. This is an advance guard, with many more to come.
On the other hand, there is very little sign of the 200 Crocus tommasinianus that I planted last fall. I hope this just means they are tardy making their first appearance, and not that they provided a feast for squirrels. To keep from brooding on this, I can always look at the Forsythia we brought inside two weeks ago, now cheerfully blooming.
Container Tulip Watch
According to Judy’s most recent count, 68 of the 90 tulips planted in containers have sent leaves up through the potting mix. A few look nibbled on or have a bit of frost damage, but generally they look good. The Great Container Tulip Experiment seems headed for success!
Other plants are also coming out of hibernation. You can see the flower buds on this Virginia Bluebell (Mertensia virginica).
And the flower buds on the Spicebush (Lindera benzoin) look just about to burst open.
New foliage can also be seen on the Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Celandine Poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum), and several other perennials.
Coir Pot Report
There has been some discussion recently about Bluestone Perennial’s new practice of shipping their plants in coir pots. These can be planted straight into the ground, pots and all, thus reducing the amount of solid waste. However, there has been some concern that the pots do not degrade, trapping the plant roots inside.
Well, last fall I planted some Woodland Phlox (Phlox divaritica) from Bluestone. Today I had to replant several, because they had been heaved out of the ground. And what I found was this:
The roots had worked their way through the coir, even though the coir had not yet broken down completely. So score one for Bluestone and their coir pots!
Did you get to have fun in the garden this weekend? (Note to Rachelle in Wisconsin: please keep away from sharp objects and loaded weapons when you consider this question. Also avoid ledges.)