On Monday it reached into the low 70s (F), constituting a one-day heat wave, at least in the context of early April in Chicago, especially for a cool spring like the one we are having.
A single day of warm temperatures causes a small leap forward in the garden. For example, we got our first Narcissi blooms of the year. These were first more because of their sunny location, I think, than variety.
Also we got the first blooms from our Species Tulips – Tulipa turkestanica, to be exact.
Speaking of Tulips, I have to include this picture of ‘Early Harvest’ that Judy took, because it’s so much better than the last picture of them that I posted.
And I hate to be repetitive, but all of a sudden all of the Glory-of-the-Snow (Scilla forbesii) are blooming, rather than just a few. My intention was to have a wide stripe of blue flowers along the driveway. If these bulbs are happy here, we may achieve that goal.
Siberian Squill (Scilla sibirica) are suddenly peaking.
Suddenly the Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginica) are covered with buds. So far the rabbits have left them alone. I’ve got a secret weapon against the fuzzy-eared marauders, to be revealed in a future post.
The Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis) are filling out and displaying more of their color range: from dark maroon, to pink, to almost white.
I picked another dozen or so to take inside.
While inspecting the garden we found a rabbit’s nest, complete with baby bunny. It was right behind the Clematis ‘Jackmanii’ in a spot that was not very well concealed.
This discovery posed a difficult dilemma. On the one hand, rabbits in the garden are my sworn enemy. On the other hand, how does one dispose of a baby bunny? I tried and failed to harden my heart. Instead, I delayed action by moving on to another bed. When I returned, the nest was evacuated. Dilemma solved.
By the next day the heat wave was over and the temperatures were back in the 50s. It was certainly nice while it lasted, but I don’t want spring to move ahead too quickly.