April 1, and it doesn’t seem like spring yet. It was 42 this morning and misty rain when I went to look at the garden. We had over 6″ of rain in March, and more cold weather this winter than we’re used to. I’m surprised that the garden is growing and the plants are doing so well without getting much warmth or sunshine. The iris seem to be happy no matter the weather.
I’ve gotten about 2 hours weeding time in so far, and cleaned up around some of the iris. This next photo shows how the gardens with no mulch get covered in weeds. The mulch doesn’t totally prevent weeds, but it makes a noticeable difference.
Several of our peonies have started and this one is the furthest along. It won’t be too long before all the leaves have fully turned from red to green.
More of the iris and small red peony leaves that have been weeded.
Pink Phlox getting started. It will be about 3-4 feet tall when it blooms.
Iris, oriental poppy, astrantia and columbine….
Calla Lily.Calla Lily.Veronica. The color is just starting to show on the various Veronica plants. They come in several shades of pink plus purple, blue and white. They are easy to grow.Veronica. Pink. Veronica. Pink. Veronica. Purple. Iris. A small and delicate Iris.Iris. These are late blooming compared to the larger bearded Iris variety. I have them on the north side of the house so they get part shade.Iris. This one is new this year. It came from the nursery and had a tag for a pink/pink bearded Iris. So, I was surprised to see the multi-color with lavender, happily surprised. Iris. Wow, this dark purple Iris is also new this year. I ended up with these two super dark purple bulbs that were in with other standard purple Iris. Another nice surprise.Dianthus– pinks, a type of carnation. Chinese lantern bud. When they are in full bloom they will turn to a bright orange bloom that hangs down, is hollow, and really looks like its name-sake. Peony. This white one has a lovely fragrance. I have about 5 white blooms near each other, so this area smells very nice and fresh. This is the third year that I’ve had any peonies. I got them as starter root balls- they didn’t have any blooms the first year, and averaged 1 bloom each last year. Peony. These bright pink blooms first opened about 3 days ago, and they are getting a larger every day. These two do not have a fragrance. Sweet William. This plant is an annual. Most all of my plants are perennials, which means that they will come back every year from the root ball or bulb. The Sweet William re-seeds itself very well and stays in this area nicely- it doesn’t spread all over the garden. Lupine. This plant has been very hardy and is now 4 years old. The bugs, bees and hummingbirds love this plant.Beaujolais Loose Strife. This particular plant is new this year- and the color is just getting going.Yarrow. This yellow yarrow is very easy to grow. It adds great color to the garden. In contrast to other yarrows that have green fern like leaves, the yellow yarrow had less fern like and more gray colored stems and leaves.Cedar Wax Wing. Hanging out in the trees. They have been around the past few evenings.Cedar Wax Wing. Eating berries.