It’s really getting crowded out there, and I can’t fit all the plants on a blog post, so I’ll have to be choosy. Yesterday I stopped at our neighbor’s nursery and got some pansies, portulaca, marigolds and petunias. I have eight delphinium seedlings started–had terrible germination this year for those. And lots of sunflower and zinnia and nasturtium seedlings.
I confess that I bought yet another collection of daffodils recently from Colorblends. I ordered the Daffodil 100 with a guaranteed 85 different cultivars. Here are some of the narcissus I already have:
Let’s see, what have I accomplished…I’ve almost completely de-weeded the back yard. Compared to some previous years, that’s terrific–mostly it is because I kept up with things last fall. Here are some pictures I took this morning:
And in the front yard, I have removed the blanket–heavy quilt, really–of maple leaves that the maples dropped on it last fall.
I cleared the paths of grass and over-enthusiastic spreading flowers. I had to get out the shovel to remove the hundreds of garlic chive seedlings that were growing everywhere–they have very stubborn roots. Another major expander is the Lanceleaf coneflower (Rudbeckia laciniata), which spreads vigorously by underground runners. I’ll get pictures soon. And then there’s the harebell, adenophora, which is the worst of all for spreading everywhere. I mean, everywhere. Anyway, here is the front yard this morning:
As you can see, narcissus are the main show right now, but bleeding heart is already budded and there are a few lucky tulips that escaped the voles and other critters. And of course there are lots of forget-me-nots!