I don’t think I have to tell anyone this is busy time of year, but I will and with that apologize for a lack of blog browsing (and blog posting which is also slacking but far less noticed) and all the other things I’ve been cutting out of my life as I spend way too much time looking at plants and wondering about plants and thinking about plants and just enjoying nice weather… all while also being required to go to work every day. Golly.
Work plus construction plus a guilty contractor who offered to deliver a load of mulch as a peace offering for delays. Mulch to calm the waters? You bet! It worked, and now I’m entirely distracted by weeding and mulching and staying cool in the sudden warmth and… there’s always so much going on at this time of year it’s like Mother Nature’s manic stage and I’m just as wired trying to keep up.
I took these pictures yesterday evening and have just a few minutes to post them before heading out for the weekend. Thankfully that may prevent me from going on as much as usual but I just wanted to take one last look at the tulips before the heat and wind send them back to bulbs for another year.
Sad isn’t it? That they pass so quickly? Maybe, but for the slightly off-kilter amongst us there’s still the exciting time when bulbs are dug and the gardener can see just how many more tulips will grace the garden next spring! What’s more fun than sifting through tray after tray of fat tulip bulbs and thinking about next season already? -said no one… or maybe just one person who is currently deep into a tulip obsession…
Obviously if I’m staring at tulips in between spreading mulch there’s not much else getting done. The rains and the heat are bringing on the first tidal wave of weeds.
Plenty of leaf mulch has kept down a good number of weeds, but this week I noticed potato sprouts and amaranthus and again I’m trying to tell myself to put on the big boy pants and take control of the garden with a little more direction and focus.
Most of the potager beds are ok, but only if you ignore the latest bunny nest amongst the tulips and the one bed where the mulch ran out.
As you may know, some weeds are much appreciated in this “garden”.
Of course not all weeds are appreciated to the same extent. Each year I ask myself if all the bumblebees and hummingbirds are worth the swamp of jewelweed seedlings which I need to pull each spring. So far they are, but my patience does have its limits.
I’m still not sure Primula sieboldii is getting what it wants from me. For some it seems to grow like a weed, but here it seems to want frequent dividing and a little room to spread… both of which will be lacking during this year of construction and garden reclaiming.
Primrose and daffodils. Besides the tulips these two are carrying me through to iris season and then summer. My Qdaff and PHS daffodils purchases might be some of the best squandering of Covid relief money that I’ve seen in the past two years.
New daffodils and a stretch of cool weather have really brought out the colors this spring and it’s let me fulfill one little check off the bucket list. Many of my new daffodils are recent hybrids from the breeding work of Dr Reed of Michigan, and are some of his best work in bringing oranges and reds into larger cups and trumpet forms. The other yay is ordering a few bulbs from the work of the late Grant E. Mitsch and his daughter and her husband, the Havens, out of their farm in Oregon. Back in the day I used to put together wish lists from their coffee table quality catalog and then never order. Their catalog was about all I could afford, but of course that was then and this is now 🙂
Not all my daffodil experiments were an amazing success though.
The rest are all cool though, and hopefully next year will be just as good.
So that’s it from here. A weekend away and I’m sure the garden will not wait, so I expect summer upon my return. Maybe the mulch will spread itself and the weeds will leave to come looking for me. Or not, either way it doesn’t matter, spring is still awesome.
Have a great weekend!