The Garden Awakes
The weather has been warm for mid-March, but wet. The garden is waking, though most of it is still pretending to sleep. Some plants are hitting the snooze button, nestling under the fertile earth like a blanket. But among all the dead leaves and stems and the dormant plants, there are those who arise happily for the early hours of spring.
The Snowdrops (Galanthus navalis), for example, have jumped into the season with dignified enthusiasm.
It’s gratifying to see new clumps emerge and old clumps expand.
Pioneers seeking to start clans of their own will pop up in all kinds of spots.
The first of the Crocuses are blooming with their cheerful colors.
A little patch of Crocus reminds me that I am falling behind on my spring clean up. I had hoped to do some today but it was raining from morning to night.
This Crocus seems to have been adopted by a patch of Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum).
I am new to Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis). I would have thought they’d be blooming by now. A few are sporting flower buds. I need to remove the tattered foliage.
Narcissi are emerging. If you look closely you can see that a few have buds. I think this is ‘Tete a Tete’.
The earliest tulips, most likely T. kaufanniana ‘Early Harvest’, are making their appearance in the containers. When it gets dry enough I will dig them out of the herb/cutting bed.
Tulips are also emerging in the beds and borders.
If you look carefully, you can find all kinds of perennials sending forth their first tentative growth above ground. Under the surface, of course, there is a great deal more activity. These are Peony ‘White Swan’.
And buds are swelling on all kinds of trees and shrubs, like this Clove Current (Ribes odoratum).
Spring is a bit earlier this year, and yet it still feels like it has been a long time coming. I am more than a little antsy to get started on the 2016 gardening season.
Has your garden awakened, or is it still hitting the snooze button?