In the very merry month of May…

This week it’s raining, raining, raining. It’s the last day of April today, and this kind of warm-ish rain will make the garden pop. I have short red tulips that bloomed on Monday, which was sunny, and since then they’ve closed up to wait out the rain. I don’t have pictures of them yet, but…

Mother’s Day garden party coming up!

OK, I cheated–this is from April 2013–things are later this year. But we will have our annual Mother’s Day garden party and potluck no matter what flowers are up. Should be plenty of daffodils to admire by then. The date is May 11. We’re working on the invitation now. Here are some pictures from last…

undaunted spring flowers

We’ve had a dip in the temperatures and even some snow, but the spring bulbs are ignoring all that. Robins, bluebirds, brown thrashers and phoebes are energetically digging up worms and bugs in the garden, quarreling over nesting sites. A whole flock of red-wing blackbirds spent a few hours in glorious cacophony in the tall…

a few early flowers!

As we would expect, the first blooms on the scene are snowdrops and winter aconite and crocuses. I failed to get photos of the snowdrops, but I did take a few of the others:And of course the narcissus are pushing up everywhere. I even have one group against a sunny rock wall that are close…

Sodden and Squashed

That just about sums it up. Ice and snow are still covering a good part of the garden, and as this retreats it leaves a squashed landscape behind. Here are some pictures of the mess: It’s that time of year when snow is anything but pretty and white. Most of the snow is gone from…