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.

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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.

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Also we got the first blooms from our Species Tulips – Tulipa turkestanica, to be exact.

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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.

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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.

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Siberian Squill (Scilla sibirica) are suddenly peaking.

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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.

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The Hellebores (Helleborus orientalis) are filling out and displaying more of their color range: from dark maroon, to pink, to almost white.

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I picked another dozen or so to take inside.

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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.

 

56 Comments on “One-Day Heat Wave and a Baby Bunny”

  1. Your spring blooms are lovely and I applaud your kind heart for avoiding the bunnies’ nest. In Kentucky we’ve been lulled into complacency with high 60s to low 70s since Monday. This is due to come to a screeching halt this weekend back to frosts overnight and 40s to low 50s by day. Patience!

  2. We’ve had two days in the upper 70’s, quite unusual for early April. Thankfully, the next two weeks will be cooler.

    We have more rabbits in our neighborhood now, as folks are keeping their cats in, finally. I rather like them for the moment, since they’ve been non-existent for the 12 years that we’ve had this house, and were also barely present in our garden in the Upstate of SC before.

    I actually hope that the chipmunks make a comeback, too. The outside (and feral) cats have pretty much eliminated them, too.

  3. Seventy-one here yesterday and 37 degrees this morning. The only thing I have blooming is squill. And lots of weeds. Used an entire gallon of weed killer yesterday. Never seen it this bad in my 48 years in this house. I need a feral cat or a few more coyotes. The rabbits are back destroying everything coming up. And don’t get me started on squirrels.

  4. In looking at the flowers in this post, it occurs to me that the orange tulips and the squills would make a splendid combo. Just imagine the ‘early harvest’ with a blue carpet beneath! Come fall, I think I’ll tuck a few early orange tulips in the squill bed. Thanks for helping me see this, Jason. Your spring is advancing nicely (jealous of the Va. Bluebells)!

  5. We seem to be having slightly different weather up here near Wisconsin. The warm days were delightful but, like you, I’m just as glad for it to cool back off so spring doesn’t sprint on us. Your bulbs are doing wonderfully. I dread finding baby bunnies, because of the dilemma. I spared one last spring and was “rewarded” with lots of rabbit damage. I swore I’d be harder this year but doubt I’ll be able to. My terrier may take care of it for me. Can’t wait to hear about your secret weapon.

  6. What lovely signs of spring around you! Except for that rabbit, of course. Any gardener who has a good secret weapon in the war against rabbits is duty-bound by the sworn oath of gardeners to NOT keep it a secret! Does it include a recipe for hassenpfeffer?

  7. Nature’s show here last night was about rabbits and hares, so good timing. Beautiful bulb flowers, especially those tulips.

    I found a juvenile Desert Cottontail in the garden recently, though it had been dispatched by a coyote that must have heard me coming and dropped it. When I went back a few minutes later the bunny was gone. Coyotes are good that way. Raptors here will abandon their kill if startled, but the coyotes come back for theirs. .

    Surely more warm sunshine is on the way for you soon. Enjoy!

  8. I’ve planted a “carpet” of Crocus, and a “carpet” of Scilla… it is never quite grows as I envisioned it in my mind. I must have patience, maybe with time the holes in the “carpet” will fill in. Beautiful photo of Tulipa turkestanica.
    Late last year, I made the acquaintance of the neighborhood rabbit. I stood not 5 feet away and watched it nibble on my purple aster, then the blueberries, then back to the aster… it’s was just too cute. I’m going to make my peace with it.

  9. I love your spring bulbs, Jason. As for the bunny, I’ve discovered nests more than once in my garden – I cannot bring myself to hurt them either, I’m always impressed by the thin veil of fur spun above the nests that keep them from discovery. They do a little damage here but the garden can absorb it – the predators (hawks, owls, raccoons) keep them under control too.

  10. It has been a wild spring here temperature wise too. Frome 85 down to 32 in one day. Needless to say we had a big storm blow through here. Isn’t it fun to walk out daily to find something else blooming and what was previously blooming looking more full and gorgeous! As to the bunny…ugh. As much as I detest the creatures when they are treating the garden as their smorgasbord they can be cute. What did I just type??? Ha… Here is an essay about Rabbits and Hares you might like to read if you have a bit of free time. https://www.terriwindling.com/blog/2020/04/folklore-rabbits-hares.html Have a blessed weekend.

  11. What a dilemma! We have hares near us but they do not seem interested in coming into the garden. However, friends that are not far away have rabbits nesting in a bank just outside their garden with the obvious illegal entries from time to time. Amelia

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