Shoots are up, plants are leafing out. It is time to start keeping the Monday Record. The only bloom in the garden are these Van Sion daffodils that are growing against a stone wall – in back of the Buckland Rose. I thought I had dug out all the bulbs before I planted the rose here, but I was wrong. I wrote about how I identified this daffodil here. One reader said these were the ugliest daff he knew. I think they are a little unusual and I love how early they are on our hill.
All the other daffodils are coming up in the lawn, but no flower buds are visible.
Amazingly, my white ‘Miss Willmott’ lilac is not only leafing out, the flower buds are visible. None of the other lilacs are this advanced.
The only other buds I can find are on the rhodies. I better go out and spray with Deer Off or the deer will have a nice snack and I will have no bloom.
There is no foliage on the pussy willow, only fat yellow catkins forming.
Various herbs are coming up in the Herb Bed in front of the house, but only the chives are of harvestable size.
Many of the roses are leafing out. They show up best, photographically, on ‘The Fairy’.
The three tree peonies show a lot of damage, but they have not given up. I will take extra care after I prune out all the dead wood.
I have lots of daylilies and they can always be counted on for early leafing out.
Finally, there is alchemilla, Lady’s Mantle, in all their dewy glory. After a brief taste of summer, we are back to a slow cool spring. For the moment.