Spring arrived and so have those beautiful pansies and violas. No the Philadelphia Flower Show wasn't enough, it's time to garden and plants have started to arrive at garden centers and nurseries. It took me several seasons to figure out exactly the right time when certain items would arrive starting after Christmas. First the after Christmas sale, then the hustle and bustle of assembling displays of garden furniture, arrival of onion sets, bare root grape vines, and berries, summer bulbs, and seed starting mix, trays, and seed racks.
Able to handle the fluctuating weather as winter tries to hold on are the arrival of shrubs, trees, and cool season perennials including my favorites, pansies. I guess they're considered annual but they can survive in my region when planted in fall until the following spring. It's more difficult here to keep them alive over summer till fall due to the heat and humidity because they're cool season lovers. Hard to choose a favorite with so many varieties, but I'm partial to the blues. They're all beautiful.
In the yard robins arrived weeks ago with increasing numbers, the largest I've ever seen them and possibly not due to food but maybe a heavier coat of feathers to protect against our cool winters. They must not migrate in the fall. I know our cardinals and sparrows, and other birds stay. I'll have to read more about them because they were huge almost 3 times their normal size with huge brown breast. Sadly some spring blooming trees won't bloom again.
Every spring I look forward to see my neighbor's cherry blossom tree but not this spring. We live on the same street so how did I miss it blooming. Must of been for a few hours during our snow storm because the blooms are dead, dead! Her narcissus are in bloom and pretty. My patch in the yard didn't do as well for the first time ever. Don't know if I want to pay to go to the Cherry Blossom Festival this spring. The trees will be there but they also may have already had a short bloom. Well I'll wait to see what the magnolias, and dogwoods will do. Until then, I'll enjoy the pansies and my sister's forsythia which has already started to bloom.
|Those beautiful pansies.|
|For sidewalk planters.|
|Homedepot wanted twice the price for a hanging pot of pansies. That will never happen to me. Got to find the bargains.|
|Crocus and waiting for narcissus.|
|On the porch. Next week it's going to be nice weather, so I'm going to start painting the porch floor after work. Did you laugh. I should be laughing too. If I'm not too tired after work, I'll start painting before it gets too hot.|
|Finally freshened up and removed ornamental cabbage. Actually squirrels didn't tear it up over night and that's rare.|
|Plans for the flower bed include more rocks if I can find some similar and taking up the shrubs for blooming annuals and some perennials. I'll relocate them to the yard.|
|In the yard.|
|Critters have been digging but they must not like crocus.|
|A columbine is in the center from last season. Hasn't shown any signs of life yet.|
|Have to put some pansies in here maybe next weekend until it gets warmer and I can plant something else. Never occurred to me o plant some tulips here. Next fall.|
|Looking forward to replanting this soon.|
|This patch of narcissus has always been pretty but not this year and there are only 2 blooms.|
|Lettuce or kale. I didn't label anything and it all looks the same.|
|Beets I think or carrots. I've never grown neither. I'll know when they get bigger because carrots have hairy tops.|
|Radishes amongst the strawberries.|
|I normally get the purple oxalis. The white flowers are pretty. This size was 4 times more money at the flower show.|