The view from the bedroom window on May 5 shows that the grass is greening up, but it is cold, 46 degrees, cloudy and windy. I dug up plants for the Bridge of Flowers plant sale, but then went back in the house to work in front of the woodstove.
Now it is hot! 80 degrees. What a difference a week makes. We had a little rain and warmer days – although with strong breezes it has still felt cool – until today. The lawn just had its first mowing and you can see the lilacs beginning to leaf out. A close look will show tiny budded lilac flowers. The weeping birch in the South Lawn Bed is greening, and a green brush has barely touched the trees in the field. Perennials are well started, summer phlox, achilleas, delphiniums, and more and more daffodils.
A beautiful day, 70’s and sunny. You can see the trees are beginning to green, and the lilacs are just beginning to bloom.
58 degrees this morning and still misting from last night’s rain which saved me from watering the gardens this morning. The lilacs are in full bloom, and the apple trees are also beginning to bloom. The ginkgo trees are finally greening up. Some of the daffodils are still blooming, but they are joined by columbine, epimediums, tiarella, trollius, barren strawberry, as well as a host of annuals bought at the Bridge of Flowers Plant Sale, geraniums, cuphea, Diamond Frost , lobelia, torenia, and blue felicia daisy. Boule de Neige and Rangoon rhodies are also starting to bloom. Full spring!
My record for May has not been very regular and doesn’t give a full taste of how cold it was for most of the month. Winter blankets still on our bed. And fires in the woodstove the first half of the month – and sometimes in the evening after that.