We got rain and lightening but no severe weather and are thankful for that.
The next couple of days are going to be pretty cool again, 50's and 30's.
Yesterday was a nice day, but very windy. I didn't do too much outside.
I did plant the two roses in the Garden Fence Border. I am the only one who will see them there but so be it. It is the perfect spot for them with lots of air circulation. I see one clematis back there is about to open a bloom. It seems very early.
I was going to plant beets, mustard and kale and a few other early seeds, but my water bottle that I carry seeped over several seed packages and drenched them. I laid them out in a tray in the sun and they dried quickly. I may have ruined them unless I plant them all this year.
I decided to tour the yard and see what new was happening.
You all know how many violets I have; well this area has increased a lot over the years. I was mowing all but those nearest the shrubs down; then it occurred to me that I had my own "English meadow of bluebells" or meadow of violets and I didn't mow it this year so far. I like how it looks.
|From gardening Spring 2011
Finally the 'Grace' smoke tree is leafing out. I think I should cut it way down to make it shrubby but I haven't yet. The morning sun shines through it and the leaves are the most gorgeous red; the picture doesn't do the color justice.
I noticed the old-fashioned lilac is not blooming nearly as much as usual and the two blooms I did see seem to be several welded together:
This is the Korean Lilac and it is blooming perfectly normal as usual:
I see I have a pure yellow sport growing on the variegated euonymous that I think started life as Emerald and Gold.
I think I will try to cut it out and root it.
and the pot of Virginia Bluebells still hasn't found a home,
The redbud tree in the 'Grace' bed. I love how the blooms just seem to be glued on the trunk,
More to follow. I want to take pictures of the barn where he is working and the plants under the lights but it is still very dark outside. I will try to do a follow-up this evening. This is enough pictures at one time anyway.
Off to clean up the kitchen after our 4-grain pancake breakfast.