Notes on the garden, Saturday April 13, 2013

Spring has been fits and spurts here, we had a couple of days in the low 70s then in the mid 60s, last night it got down to 34 degrees and will reach just 54 today, though the sun is out. So the plants are a little confused.

IMG_1061This is what the back patio area looked like fifteen days ago. The dwarf Cherry ‘Little Twist’ was blooming as were the Daffodils, while the roses were showing new growth and the pink Camellia just opening.

The Stewartia tree and the Maples have leaves about to open, the Forsythia is in full bloom (hidden behind Daffodils and bird feeder behind the raised rose bed). Our big red Rhododendron is about to open in this shot.

DSC_0028Here’s what it looks like this morning, after a light sprinkle of rain, from a different angle. The Daffodils are done blooming, roses are coming on more, the dwarf Cherry has only a few blossoms left and has leafed out, the red Rhody is in full bloom (each 8 inches across) Camellias and Grape Hyacinth are in full bloom and the Forsythia is leafing out and will be pruned soon.

When it warms up a little, we’ll be out weeding, as the darn things grow faster than anything else, it seems, and are coming up everywhere! We don’t use chemicals in our garden, so it’s all hand work. Good for the back. Maybe.

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7 Responses to Notes on the garden, Saturday April 13, 2013

  1. I wish I had the talents. The old proverbial black thumb, that’s me.

    We’re hitting eighties here in the east, low forties at night.

  2. Richard says:

    Thanks, guys. It’s not about talent, just work and paying attention to the reference books. But then my Mom taught me from an early age, at first how to dig a little hole, then put in a plant, firm it in, water it. That’s about all there is to it, really.

  3. Impressive! We had a wind chill of 22 degrees yesterday. But we’re looking at temps in the 70s tomorrow. Wacky weather!

  4. temps have been mild to cool here most days and nights, although I’ve felt the increase in humidity that bodes a warm summer.

  5. Patti Abbott says:

    What a gorgeous yard. Phil will be so jealous. Bulbs just beginning here.

  6. Richard says:

    Thank you, Patti. That means you still have it to look forward to (Spring, that is). We just had a heavy hail storm here, so it’s not a happy garden at the moment.

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