This is really, for me, the sign that the gardening year has begun. Of course I am out there weeding and edging and raking to get the garden spiffed up for visitors, but the Mother’s Day party is the curtain opener. It’s partly because it always coincides with the last week of the semester. Yes, I still have grading to do, but the teaching semester is pretty well done and my thoughts turn to the garden.
I think I’ve been doing this for about 3 or 4 years now. It started out as mostly a way to share my growing collection of narcissus. A few years ago I bought a collection called “golden legacy” from White Flower Farm, and had the party to share the glory with friends.
The narcissus are the stars of the show, but I also have pulmonaria blooming by then and a few tulips. Forget-me-nots are just starting, violets are definitely well along. Hyacinths have faded.
Looking back in the last few years, it seems that 2014 was a late year–maybe it was cold that year? You can see in pictures from the week of Mother’s Day that I had done all the raking and clearing, but not much was blooming.
Last year we had that freakishly hot March, so Spring came early.
This year we had a nice warm spell that tricked all of us into putting away our winter clothes, and then we got a few really cold weeks. The garden last weekend was coming along about as usual, but the ground is dry after not much snow falling this winter. So I am happy to see this light persistent rain of this week. I just hope it clears off for the garden party!