It’s been a cool and wet last week of April. It’ll be a cool and wet first week of May. Yaay! The garden doesn’t care; in fact, the cool temperatures mean spring bulbs will last a bit longer, and the rain means trees and shrubs will get a good start on the growing season. Every Saturday,
The Propagator encourages gardeners around the world to share six things that are happening in their garden. There’s lots happening right now – here are just six…
Allium jungle – I guess the reason Allium karataviense is so inexpensive is they set seed, some would say, like weeds. Here are three year’s worth. I hope to have time in the coming weeks to dig out a lot of these and plant them where the bulbs can grow and flower.
– in my garden, these tend to disappear from where I plant them, then reappear in unexpected places. Because the foliage looks so similar to a thick blade of grass it’s easy to miss until the flower suddenly expands and pops open. Fritillaria meleagris
These tiny violas are a bane in many urban yards, spreading easily in semi-shaded areas and invading lawns. They’ve popped up in recent years at the base of a Serviceberry I planted about 10 years ago. Perhaps there were seeds in the potting soil of that shrub that took a while to germinate. Fun Fact – you can make a lovely looking, colour changing simple syrup, perfect for adding to summer drinks, from viola petals. Here’s a YouTube thingy, created by Alexis Nikole, aka The Black Forager.
This cute primrose, or , was purchased to brighten my office three winters ago. I planted it outdoors that spring, in a semi-shaded spot that gets quite dry in the summer, and it has pleasantly surprised me by returning every year, a bit larger, with a few more flowers. Primula acaulis
Leucojum aestivum ‘Gravetye Giant’ – or Summer Snowflake, has started to bloom even though it’s almost two months before summer starts. It’s like a daffodil looked down and saw a lily of the valley flower, and thought ‘that looks neat.’ Apparently they prefer damp meadows but I have several happy clumps in semi-shaded areas that get bone dry in the summer.
If you squint you may see the robin (our North American version, a bit different from the English robin) nesting in this young pine tree. I’ve heard that robins are less fearful of people than starlings, so they like to build nests close to houses in the hope that human activity will keep away starlings that might take over their nests. As long as I don’t pause and look directly at her, this little bird will stay still while I work away in the gardens surrounding the tree. (She flew away an instant after I took this photo.)
I hope to get some gardening in this weekend but our weather is unsettled. And quite chilly today. So, like my friend the robin, I’ll be ‘winging it.’ Stay safe everyone!