It’s that time of year where something new pops up through the soil surface almost every day or grows, almost perceptibly, hour by hour. At least, when it’s warm out! The first part of the week was sunny with above seasonal temperatures: Chianodoxia popped open, Scilla started to appear all over, tulip flower buds became visible….and then it snowed! The flakes were humongous and thick on Thursday morning, mixed with rain, and the temperatures stayed on the chilly side for the rest of the day and most of yesterday. Today, it is supposed to be sunny with a seasonable high of 5, followed by two days of rain. Oh well, April showers and all that!
It’s time to show the world six things in our garden – be they plants or paraphernalia – and link to our thematic host, Jonathan, over on his Propagator blog. Take a few minutes this lovely long weekend to peruse his post and the comments section, where you’ll find links to dozens of garden Sixes from around the world.
1 – A tulip new to me – Tulipa turkestanica – a diminutive botanical specimen suited to rock gardens and other areas where it won’t be quickly overcome by fast growing spring things. The flower will be white, I’m told, and it appears to be an early bloomer. These four to six inch flower stalks have just appeared in the past few days, and it looks like the buds may open on the next warm and sunny day….
2 – I wanted to transplant a few errant species Crocus that found their way into my kitchen garden – right where I’ll be planting a row of San Marzano tomatoes. Funny how small bulbs manage to find their way to places they were never intended, isn’t it? Anyway, I was amazed by two things: a) how tiny the corms are, given that they sent up quite normal sized flowers last week, and b) how deep they had been in the ground. I plant croci only an inch or so deep, usually, yet these were…well, here they are, you can see for yourself, next to my quite fabulous Foxglove gardening glove.
3 – Another bulb that just seems to appear where it feels like is Scilla sibirica. I love it, and I’m always going back and forth between it and Chianodoxia as my favourite early spring blue flower….
4 – Daffodills – both Tete a Tete and this other variety – also small but still about twice as high – are now blooming.
5 – Musacari latifolium has emerged – the individual florets have not yet opened, and the tips should turn a paler blue soon. But here they are, shielded from the crisp spring breezes by the broad cowl-like leaf…
6 – Finally, as a follow-up to posts last week and the week before – here again is my emerging rhubarb and my emerged wood Trillium – flowers not yet red…I love the leaves on both these plants.