There have been a lot of pollinators out and about this past week – small flying insect, mainly. Thank goodness I have a handful of crocus in bloom to satisfy their cravings. I’ve planted hundreds, if not thousands, of all sorts of crocuses (croci?) over the years, but, unlike daffodils and hyacinth, they don’t last long. Something with the soil, I imagine. Nonetheless, seeing how frantic they get over the few that are in bloom has lead me to add several hundred more to this fall’s bulb shopping list.
Here’s a couple crocuses, and a couple bees, for the first of this week’s Six:
Second up – dandelions! Hard to believe it but there you are. Bees love ’em too so I won’t complain. The three I spotted on Thursday are but the slim slice of a wide swath that will soon be carpeting the yard. Here’s the same flower, the first taken just after sunrise, the second at noon.
Number three – also taken just after 7 on Thursday morning, is a shot of Allium ‘Globemaster’ pushing through for its third year in the Island bed – plus a trio of Allium ‘Mount Everest’ – newly planted last October. Interesting how they emerge so differently isn’t it?
A selfie, kind of, is number four. It’s my hand holding a jar with a lettuce growing in it. The lettuce started life on some farm, then got shipped to a supermarket, roots and all, in a plastic thingy. I saw somewhere on social media how you could plant the thing after munching down the leaves so I thought I’d try. Much too cold to go outside just yet, but this may work. We’ll see.
We go back outside for number five. It’s French Tarragon, purchased last spring at a local garden centre, left in the herb garden all winter and look! It’s coming back! So pleased!!
Might as well stay outside for today’s final image – also emerging from winter dormancy is one of my favourite, and the earliest of all, native spring ephemerals. It’s a type of wood Trillium. Can you see its foliage, camouflaged nicely amongst fallen leaves? It has a deep red flower that will appear in a few weeks, but it never opens much; just enough to attract a pollinator or two. Image to come!
That’s it from my garden this week. It’s been relatively warm, well, not cold at least, although as you’ve seen we’re still getting frost, so many more spring bulbs will soon add colour and joy to my corner of the world. It will be welcome! Please, visit The Propagator’s page if you’d like to see colour and joy in gardens around the world. Until next week, stay safe, and remember that social distancing saves lives, no matter what some politicians and religious leaders say.