This spring I am finding daffodils growing everywhere. My approach to ‘Garden Design’ is fairly catch as catch can. When autumn arrives I think I must add some spring bulbs! Last year I bought several little bags at the Greenfield Farmers Coop of different varieties. I did not pay attention to bloom times, but this spring proves I got lucky. I went around the garden, which was still full of autumnal plants, if not blooms, and when I found an empty spot the considered it an ideal place for a few daffodils. Lucky me – now I have daffodils blooming early and later in the seasons. Some are tiny, some are elegant, some have complicated pastel faces.
These grape hyacinths were planted two autumns ago. The first year after blooming I did not notice that the dormant plants sent up new shoots in the fall. They came up beautifully that first year. In the fall of 2019 I saw shoots coming up around the day lilies. At first I thought they were weeds, but then thought they must be a ‘real plant.’ They remained green all winter, and this second bloom years shows fabulous growth. And now I have just learned that this fabulous growth could be called invasiveness. I had no idea. I had already decided to dig up most of them after bloom and plant them somewhere else. But with this new information, what shall I do? Thought needed.
This is a wonderful groundcover. Dense and very flat with strawberry-ish flowers.
Beware! The wood poppy is even more invasive that the grape hyacinths. It sends its seeds everywhere.
These landscape roses are leafing out beautifully as are the other larger roses on the newly named Rose Walk.
We planted this tree peony in Heath. We left the other peonies for the new owners of our house, but this was such a sickly thing we took it to Greenfield. For the first time it looks like it is perking up. Even so, I am not expecting blooms this year.
I decided it was time to actually use the compost in my black compost bin. I do have another bin now in service. I pulled some of the dark, wet compost out of the bin, and as I went along I realized that the compost was full of worms. How do worms get into the bin? Could they possibly be just the plain worms in my soil, or are they different. I definitely have to read up on worms.
For a larger view of the arrival of spring, this is the Tree Bed which is named for the two river birches. Other plants in this section are: daylilies, black eyed susans, grape hyacinths, and less visible is the pink Japanese anemone, garden phlox, filipendula, a patch of European ginger with its shiny green leaves, “Goldheart, and some mystery bulb plants.
That is a report of what is happening in the garden as we step into May.
PS FOR MAYDAY
This rain did a lot of good for the newly planted. I will be glad if there isn’t too much more rain todayl