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.
We are now officially in summer! The dahlias are growing steadily and putting on their buds. Two of my plants that I left in ground over winter are already blooming, and more buds will be opening every day now. Once the dahlias get into full bloom the variety of color in the garden will get even more amazing.
Here are a few photos of what is blooming and about to bloom.
Red Raspberry. This one will be ready in a few days.
Red Raspberry. This one is ripe with the perfect color and ready to eat. In fact, I did eat it! Yummy. It was the first red raspberry to ripen this year, most of the other berries have not even started to turn red yet.
Close-up of same red Dahlia.
Astrantia (pink) and Veronica (blue)
White Oriental Poppy.
Queen of the Prairie.
Delphinium and Coreopsis.
after getting caught nibbling on the apple tree … getting out of town quickly