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It is amazing what a bit of moisture does to the potential garden. Saturday was warm and dry but it has rained off and on for the past two days. The later crocus were absent from the garden until the rain. This is what they look like now. Almost a field of green. I think these will be white and some white is showing. The Hellebore is open and pristine although the garden still wears it' s shroud of leaves. The scilla is beginning to show color and I must remember to put the tete-a-tete daffodils in among the scilla. They should bloom together. There are lots of 'shoulds' in the garden that never actually happen. The garden sometimes has a mind of its' own even when the gardener is trying her darndest to manipulate the bloom.
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The garden is in suspended animation right now. Not moving forward or backward it is enduring the cold temperatures. The deer are making stealthy appearances and this Umbrella Pine, Sciadopitys verticillata, is a slow grower that is deer resistant. I think not. The tulips are also suffering but I will start spraying again and maybe spread some dried blood. Even the daffodils had a bit of munching going on. Perhaps deer fencing is in order. The snowdrops are closed up tight as can be today as are the crocus and the one spot of color is this Heuchera which I planted last fall. That is it. The cold continues and spring is being a bit elusive this week. It can't last and at least I can enjoy the flowers in your gardens.
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Isn't it amazing what is reflected in a tiny drop of moisture? I turned this picture upside down when I saw the reflection. It may be difficult for you to see but that is the house at Ledge and Gardens. It is a house of a different sort. Octagon, with additions, but it suits the EM and me. It might be easier to identify with the actual picture here taken in early summer. Before you get excited about that greenhouse space, understand that it is an office. An office with a good view but still, an office. Seedlings are started in the basement, under lights for better results. Tucker and I took a walk today and in addition to the above droplets we discovered that it is a bit dry here as the vernal pools have not filled. That may still happen as spring begins tomorrow coming in at 7:44 A.M. and perhaps the rain will follow. The vernal pools develop in the dark areas of the picture above. Usually, they are full of water at this time of year. As you can see they are just a bit muddy right now.
In the perennial borders, many plants are emerging from the depths of the soil, others are experiencing a thickening of bud and some, an extension of the aerial roots which are both fascinating and somewhat disturbing in appearance. This Hydrangea petiolaris is climbing the barn wall but don't tell the EM. He may not like that. I live for the day that its' blooms hang in white lace perfection. I have found that once growth begins, spring is the correct term for what happens within the garden. I have to look closely right now but within the next few weeks I will be jumping from plant to plant with great exclamations! How about you? What is 'springing forth' in your garden right now?
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The ornamental grasses are not ornamental at this point in their life cycle. They have been battered and beaten by the winter storms and rains and are looking disheveled, worn and just plumb tired. They don't even look very substantial at this point do they? It is time to address their removal as there is still just a bit of snow piled on the ground here and there where the snow plow left the heaps. If there is snow on the ground, no burning permit is necessary and since the grass burning takes barely ten minutes it would hardly merit attention except to those in close proximity. It is always fun to invite someone new who has not witnessed the conflagration a little flame produces in such a short time and this year was no different. The newbies did not know what they were in for but they enjoyed the experience as we all do. The EM lit the grasses, not with a little match but with the torch from the barn which he then used to caramelize the creme brulee. No match for the EM! He is the Equipment Manager. It takes very little time for the grasses to catch and spread. As you can see from this picture, I forgot to move the little cement statue given to me by my son one Mother's Day. She sits in silence watching the approaching flames. Rocky saves the day by rushing into the fire (in his fire coat) to pluck her from the edge of the melee. The coat came in handy once again when the grass in the bench bed burned as it is a bit close to the as yet small crabapple tree. Rocky stood between them to prevent it from scorching. It is a few days before the first day of spring and reflection is important at this time of year. The burning sweetens the soil and cleans up the mess quite nicely. It is a hot fire. Everyone steps back once the flames erupt and the burning coals are mesmerizing. The charred area is ready for the re-growth of spring and the gardener. along with the trusty Project Manager, Tucker, saves a bit of energy for the other many tasks which await her attention.
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Well it is Bloom Day and I actually have a few blooms to share. Nothing too exciting but then any bloom is exciting after this long winter. There are only a few more days until the calendar says it is spring but spring did arrive early today with high temperatures and a nice sunny day. The calendar is often wrong, much like the weatherman isn't it? The snowdrops have finally spread their wings to show their beautiful green chevrons just in time for St. Patty's Day. I think that I need to spread these around the yard and I hope to divide them this year for larger, more naturalized clumps. The next bloom is the early crocus which the bees were finding delightful. There is such comfort in that familiar buzzing which has been too long gone from the garden. There are quite a few emerging but only those closest to the warmth of the cement foundation are in bloom. Gotta love purple. The snow is still hanging around in large piles from the plowing but as soon as it left the garden this hellebore was showing buds and flowers. I wonder how long this flower was there, fully opened, under the snow. This next hellebore is just budding but who can resist the burgundy coloration when all else is still quite drab. I think this one counts don't you? Helleborus foetidus is still my favorite, not for this green bud and future bloom but for the wonderful foliage it contributes to the garden. The gardens in New England are just beginning to emerge from the winter slumber but now that the first blooms have paved the way there will be no stopping them and that is just fine with me! Many thanks to Carol of May Dreams for her hosting abilities and sharing the bounty of gardens hither and yon with all.
So, what did you guess? I guessed wrong but there is no disappointment just the thrill of a new baby to love. Hailey Elizabeth weighed in at 6 lbs. 9 ozs. but she weighs a great deal more in our hearts. Proud papa Ben with his Sister, Auntie Emily holding Hailey. Here she is! I will go back to garden subjects now.
I was going to do this post in a week or two but babies rarely arrive on schedule and I am now waiting for a big event in life, the birth of the first grandchild. Wait with me and see, who will it be? It will not be twins but we don't know if it is a boy or a girl so I have tried to cover all bases. You may remember the wedding of Oct. '07 but if not, here are the parents to be and here they are just a few weeks ago at the baby shower. The garden can wait but I do think the snowdrops will open today for the big event!
We are now officially behind schedule with the snowdrops. Last year they bloomed around the third of March and they were all set to open before the foot of snow covered them last Monday. Most of that snow is gone but a new light snow is now falling and the little white flowers are closed up tighter than a lid on a pickle jar. It can't possibly be much longer for that little green chevron on the open flowers to make its' appearance. Once the snowdrops bloom all else follows fairly rapidly. The moss is also glowing green and that is always a welcome and beautiful sight. I sometimes forget that gardener's from other parts of the world don't have the lush look of moss in the garden. It is easy to overlook the commonplace isn't it? Here is another little patch of snowdrops which settled themselves into the nook in front of the ledge. It must be a bit cooler right here as they are less emerged than the others. When one gardens it is often a waiting game don't you think. Are you still waiting? Which blooms are being stubborn in your garden?