End of Month View: April 2013
Helen at The Patient Gardener‘s Weblog hosts a meme called End of Month View, which is pretty much what is suggested by the title. This is a very useful exercise because I am often tempted to show close ups of a particular plant or a grouping of plants. Wider views of different sections of the garden tend to appear much less frequently, especially when it is not at its glorious peak. So here’s a picture of the bed that lies along the driveway and front walk.
In this bed there is stock blooming at the far end, plus some daffodils and species tulips. The stock is wonderfully fragrant, we can smell it every time we go in or out. The celandine poppies (Stylophorum diphyllum) are filling in, as are the nepeta and hardy geraniums. Round fuzzy flower buds have appeared on the celandine poppies. There are clumps of grassy Muscari leaves, and the foliage of species tulips not yet ready to bloom. On top of that, I must have planted three flats of pansies of various kinds in order to get a full, colorful look early in the season. Somehow it still looks rather sparse.
Here’s another view of the front garden, looking out towards the street. Y(Sou can see part of the driveway/front walk bed, the parkway bed, the sidewalk bed, and the front island bed. As I mentioned in my last post, the blue squill (Scilla sibirica) is naturalizing in the front island bed. New England Aster and some other perennials are starting to emerge. However, the swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata) and some other plants are still dormant.
By the way, here’s a picture of the tulips in containers on the front steps. Some already have their flower buds.
Here’s a view into the back garden. Forsythia, spicebush (Lindera benzoin), squill, and daffodils are blooming. Virginia bluebells (Mertensia virginica) should be blooming by next weekend. Hardy geranium, more celandine poppies, allium, jacob’s ladder (Polemonium reptans), and various other bulbs and perennials are pushing up green growth.
This is looking back from inside the back garden toward the side path.
Now that spring has really arrived, it seems to be moving along in a hurry. Are you happy with how your garden is emerging this spring?