Try saying it quickly three times. Try saying it slowly just once: Three. Thrilling. Things. I was going to wait until Thursday to post this, and title it Three Thrilling Things on Thursday – I do love good alliteration – but perhaps not. Spring means everything in the garden is in hyper drive – bursting out of the ground and growing, almost as you watch, a half inch or a whole inch or many inches every day. By Thursday these three things will look entirely different.
These three things were entirely unexpected and, when discovered, really, really thrilling!
The first thing are these poppies. They’re either Danish Flag or Lauren’s Dark Grape – I scattered seed last spring but nothing came up. I was disappointed, but with gardening, nothing is guaranteed, right? A week ago I noticed these funny leaves coming up, and realized the spot is close to where I originally scattered the poppy seed…I’m looking forward to seeing the flowers!
The second thrilling thing is a small apple tree, and its blossoms. There’s a small, meadowy section at the back of the property where, years ago, I would toss the odd apple core. I noticed this tree a few years ago but it’s never bloomed. Until this year! It’s thrilling, but a bit sad since there are no other apple trees in bloom nearby, so, no apples. Even sadder since rabbits or mice or voles decided to chomp away at the trunk this past winter. If it survives the year I’ll prune it next winter and plant another…
The most thrilling thing this month, possibly this year, is my chestnut tree. Started from a conker (seed) found in a park in Toronto a good 20 years ago, planted first in a pot, then in my shallow limestone clay soil that gets really dry in the summer (chestnut trees do not like dry soil…), it’s blooming for the first time! Just four flower clusters this year, hopefully more next year.
Happy to have a telephoto lens to get an up close look at these rather complicated flowers.
So Many Thrills in the garden this year! How about you? Anything new and unexpected show up?