Six on Saturday – 04/04/2002 – the bees have awoken

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.


  1. About your jar salad, yes there are varieties here that are cut progressively and they grow back, very practical. You are lucky not to have lost your tarragon, mine freezes every year ( even protected) and I have to buy one plant again.

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  2. There is still frost on the dandelion. Oh my.
    Did that lettuce regenerate from a stump in that jar? I have seen those weird hydroponically rooted lettuce ‘plants’ in stores, but disliked all the plastic involved.

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  3. Love the lettuce-in-a-jar! You’re right about spring’s explosion of growth, too. I keep thinking of how much I’m missing in my favorite haunts that are too far away for a day trip, and my goodness — there’s going to be a lot to make up for.

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  4. Oh, tarragon! I love the flavour. Mine came back last year, but I havenโ€™t seen any sign of it this โ€“ maybe the winter was just too wet. And now I will struggle to get any new plants. Nice to see spring has reached Canada ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. I hope your lettuce experiment works – it will be interesting to know the result.

    Nice to see your crocus, complete with visiting bees. I love when the Alliums start to push through the soil – beautiful plants! Iโ€™ve added a few more this year, though currently in pots & aiming (hopeful) to get them in next week.

    Nice that your French Tarragon has survived the winter!

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  6. Your garden is really coming to life there. That trillium has beautiful mottled foliage – make sure you post a picture of the flower!

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  7. Your bee & crocus montage is great. They look so cute, peeking out over the edges. What’s the medium you’re using for the lettuce? Amazing, how quickly that dandelion opened. They seem to go to seed very quickly as well.

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  8. that reminds me, I have some tarragon seeds I could sow. I have a blind spot with herbs, i can’t excited about sowing them for some reason. interesting to see that alliums survive your relatively harsh winters. i guess the snow is a blanket for them. i find they are not reliably perennial. much less come up the following year than i planted. i add to them every year.

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  9. I enjoyed seeing the photos of the bees on the crocus. I’ve no idea what the secret is to growing them well. The one’s I’ve planted have done nothing, although there were a just a few randomly placed ones already in the garden which do come up every year.

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