Spring is Sprung
This past weekend was the first to really feel like spring. Saturday started cold and cloudy, but improved when the sun came out. And Sunday was even – dare I say it? – nice.
The snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis and G. elwesii) are blooming and it was warm enough for them to open up their little white tepals.
They are forming a nice drift near the old silver maple (Acer saccharum) stump.
The bees were all over the snowdrop blooms, in fact I have never seen so many bees on the snowdrops. Poor little guys, there is hardly anything else to forage on in this late, cold spring.
Judy had a hard time getting pictures of the bees because they were mostly up in the flowers themselves.
Other bulbs are also emerging. You can see daffodil leaves poking through the soil, looking a bit jaundiced from being covered with snow until recently.
Early tulip foliage is also up, both in my containers and in the beds.
I actually dug up five of the ten containers planted with tulips (cracking one of the fiberglass ones in the process). I’ll get the rest next weekend.
Spring clean up got off to a good start. I had hoped to clear the parkway, driveway border, sidewalk border, and island bed in the front garden. It all got done except for the island bed, which I wasn’t able to finish.
The ‘Northwind’ switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) managed to stay mostly upright through this horrible winter. It looks so good now, burnished with tones of red, that I had to leave it up for another week or two. Please ignore the sight of me standing on the porch with my shirttail out. Judy says that was an accident. Uh huh.
Did you get to spend some quality time with your garden this weekend?