So here it all is on April 9th - the snow finally gone - and the garage well stocked with ready and waiting Costco refuse bags for the spring cleanup.
Just to show you how late everything is - my doorstep Hepatica (and personal spring joy) - is more like a teenager that's been awoken at 9:30a.m. on a Saturday morning.
Amazingly under the leaves and needles is one of these wonderful Texas wildflowers Ipomopsis rubra. It is a biennial with the most brilliantly shocking red/orange flowers. And, fortunately once again, it looks as if I'm going to have a good crop.
Decided at one point that I'd had enough of dead leaves and stocks and what I really needed was some quick retail therapy. So while I could still climb into the car without assistance, I headed over to Sheridan and put together a little colour for the front door.
Bart strangely enough doesn't seem to care at all about the weather, providing we don't engage in "sweater dress-up".
Jumping ahead a week, you can see that without heat, my spring-interest pot looks, just about the same....
This bamboo - I believe it is Red Panda - makes a really good - evergreen plant in our climate - I never would have guessed. It is a tough location - gets a lot of snow dumped on it, but comes back better than many bushes. This is its third year and I'm thinking I'd like to add more.
Poor little Hepatica - at least I can go inside and work on taxes.....
By mid-month we had a lovely shower of ice pellets.
I'm becoming a whiny little wuss - notice how I didn't even step off the balcony to capture this shot.
This little house is on an expensive piece of land, and so will be razed. Fortunately the skunks got in there first for their tasty grub snacks.
April 23rd, and the Hepatica is finally looking like a flowering plant!
The S.c. looks like it too may actually bloom as well!
Dicentra spectabilis 'Gold Heart' starts out the most marvellous shade of pink.
Was very pleased to see that two of the new trial plants I got last year made it through. Many of the earlier varieties of coral/yellow/orange Echinacea were really just expensive single-bloom annuals - this looks very positive for both Tangerine Dream and Firebird from Terra Nova.
More rain and cloud on April 27th. In between the showers, I've been able to get quite a bit of the garden in shape - still so much more to do.
Dicentra culcularia - such sweet leaves - this is another rescue from an old bungalow down the street at least 15 years ago.
Open, closed, open closed.....
Perhaps this year, I'll get some blooms.
New leaves, old berries.
Go bloodroot go!
Still so much to get done in the backyard.
"Ta Da", says the Hepatica and S.c.
The little neighbourhood bulbs are starting to shine.
The sun appears on the 28th. But as you can see - not much has happened in the garden.
High of the day - some new trial plants from Terra Nova!
Sadly the low of the day was realizing that we had no small children to sell and would find an alternative method to paying our income tax. However, with new plants on the back porch, seeds to get planted and a veggie patch waiting for a few days of sunshine, things are looking up. All in all, our weather has been downright strange, cold, cloudy and wet - but for the most part benign - something so many other North Americans have not been able to enjoy sadly. So here's to May and its flowers and much better times ahead!