Six on Saturday – receding floodwaters


Chionodoxa luciliae April 21 2018 small 2

After last weekend’s ice pellets and freezing rain came a full day of heavy rain – which stayed on top of the ice and caused quite a bit of flooding in the yard.  Flooding isn’t unusual in the spring here, we have pretty bad overall drainage on the property despite a contractor’s promise several years ago…

Here is my weekly selection for you, six things for this garden blogger’s meme started by The Propagator.

This is what the Island Bed looks like this morning – anything wet looking (including the grass I stood on to take the photo) was covered in water all week, finally receding a bit yesterday.  The floods usually don’t bother me – I plan the gardens around it although this week’s water levels were higher than ever before, very close to water-logging bulbs and perennials.  The water usually mainly covers much of the driveway and a lot of the grassy areas.

Island April 21 2018

White Spruce cones falling onto back patio
The small cones from a large white spruce (Picea glauca) started to fall last week; I need to rake this small patio frequently this time of year.
Ice Plant flower April 21 2018
This lovely little Ice Plant (Delosperma) – was given to me in mid March and has been sitting in a sunny window.  Here is its first bloom — I’m not sure if the flowers are always so small or if, when planted, they will somehow be larger…it’s pretty none the less, supposed to be a hardy, drought tolerant perennial.  Needs good drainage so I’ll have to plant it well away from flood prone areas!
first real leaves ob Echinacea pallida April 21 2018
The first real leaves on the Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) seedlings have emerged!
1st Tete a Tete daffodils April 21 2018
With today’s warm sun these tiny Tete a Tete daffodils will open fully.

Finally – two Chianodoxa’s – each a slightly different shade of blue.  I planted hundreds last fall and in a few years they will have naturalized to form thick carpets of blue each April.


  1. I took a good hard look at your Echinacea seedlings and went out to squint at the bed where I’d planted my seeds..lots of self-seeded amaranth, nary a coneflower. Ah well..will keep waiting. Thanks for showing me what to look for!


    1. The E. pallida leaves are narrower and longer than E. pupurea though. Purpurea tends to self seed quite readily in my garden but I’m not sure about pallida which is why I wanted to try them indoors.


  2. I also had Ice plants last summer that gave me a lot of flowers (which were a bit bigger than the one pictured). A colorful carpet and like the seed pods fell, I’ll probably see them again this year


  3. No way! You have white spruce?! The closest we have to that is dwarf Alberta spruce, and it is of course very different from a real spruce tree! I would not know a white spruce if I were to see one. I grew a few from seed, but lost them a long time ago.


  4. It’s like different worlds. Your tete-a-tete are just opening, here they’ve long gone over. It’s interesting that you are succeeding in raising Echinacea from seed. Over here there’s a large body of opinion that seeds are the best way to propagate but when I read American articles they always say that cuttings are the best, if not the only, way. I think, either way, that if your conditions are right, Echinacea will settle in and look after their own propagation; otherwise despite any method and all the attempts in the world, at best they will remain annuals. I will try again this year. Maybe.


    1. I can’t imagine the work involved in propogating by cuttings! Seeds are so simple. … but you’re right, if they’re well situated they’ll reproduce quite well on their own!


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