Sunday Morning Garden Chat: New England Spring

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From west-of-Boston gardener Currants:

It’s been chilly the last few mornings, but no frost (the bane of fruit blossoms) so far. Our pear, crab and viburnum came with the house — I have no idea what varieties they are (but the pears [photo at top], when we get them — roughly every other year — are delicious).

currants may 16 Crabapple
(Crab apple)

currants may 16 Viburnum(Viburnum)

I’ve been doing stuff in the dirt, but thought I’d send photos of what’s going on above ground. That said, what’s in the dirt is pretty exciting. I’ve put in some newcomers: asparagus and blueberries.
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Sunday Garden-ish Open Thread

I rarely participate in the Sunday garden discussions because my husband is the gardener in the family, and I don’t know doodly-squat about gardening. But here’s a picture of one of our tomato plants:

tomahto 2016

Like I said, I don’t know shit about plants, but those squiggly lines on the leaves look like trouble. I’m sure hubby is on it, though. We’ve already harvested and eaten quite a few string beans. Peppers of many varieties and eggplants are also under cultivation.

It’s sunny and in the 80s here today. There is more than a hint of summer in the air, which carries a different connotation in Florida than it does north of here, i.e., for us, it’s time to brace ourselves for the year’s most unpleasant season. Thank dog for A/C!

Despite the heat, we’re cooking out and hanging around in the shade while listening to the ballgame on the radio. What’s up in your neck o’ the woods?

Open thread!

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Rhododendron Days

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From gifted gardener / photographer commentor Marvel:

The Willamette Valley has enjoyed a string of warm sunny days, so we all (and I do mean ALL) have spent the last several days working outdoors, giddy with Spring Fever.

Why is it that after only four gardening days I already feel a month behind?

Anyway, a friend suggested we start our days this week with seasonal Haiku posts.

Here’s today’s (and a photo of a monster-sized rhodie out front):

Dawning bright and cool
a fresh morning breeze unfurls
Spring’s crisp linen skies

Buds and blooms explode
playful color everywhere
Spring’s confetti bomb

Raindrop-beaded buds
warming in the morning sun
Peony burlesque.

There was a two-story rhododendron wrapping one corner of our house when we bought it twenty-something years ago, and it was doing very nicely until an ice-storm-intensive winter a few years ago. I personally suspect it’s never bounced back because the roto-rooter guy finally managed to kill off its infiltration into the main sewer outlet that runs next to it — we haven’t had an overflow problem in the downstairs half-bath since its near-demise. But the Spousal Unit blames our eldest dog Zevon, who loves to make shallow ‘nests’ under it during the hot weather, so S.U. spent a lot of time last fall putting down plastic netting to discourage digging and mulching the area deeply. No new buds yet, but I’m hoping for his sake the bush at least leafs out a little better once the weather warms up…

Also, I finally got my tomato orders done, and come mid-May I will be inundated with TOO MANY TOMATO PLANTS. There are never too many homegrown tomatoes, but I’ve only got a bathroom-sized patch of asphalt for the planters. And it was a pretty mild winter by New England standards, too!

What’s going on in your garden (planning) this week?

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Ozark Spring


Haven’t had a chance to ask Raven to send me some Augusta photos I can use, so here’s more from commentor Ozark Hillbilly. Never too many spring pics, especially this time of year!


The just-starting-to-blossom daffodils along the back fence, and even more important our budding lilacs, seem to have survived six inches of heavy wet snow earlier this week. And I finally got my annual order in to my favorite plant source, Laurel’s Heirloom Tomatoes, so I’ve got those sturdy seedlings to look forward to while I contemplate many hours of garden cleanup and winter decrufting.

If anybody knows a mail order source for Vintage Wine tomato plants (yes I know real gardeners start their own seeds but that’s beyond my capabilities) I’d be grateful. There’s a dozen or so types that are “must buys” for us — which tomatoes (or other plants) do you consider essential?

What’s going on in your garden (planning) this week?

Open Thread: Daydream Believers

And speaking of happy dreams…

Sunday Morning Garden Chat: “The Good, the Bad & the Ugly”


From loyal morning correspondent & photographer Ozark Hillbilly:

… of an Ozark Spring. Got my first tick of the year yesterday so it’s time I sent you this.

And no Ozark Spring is complete without Redbuds [top pic] and Dogwoods [last pic].

Darned few dogwoods left in this part of New England, unfortunately — anthracnose blight killed most of our landcape specimens. We planted a multigraft cherry tree to replace the dying front-yard dogwood when we bought this place twenty years ago, and the Spousal Unit (who grew up in the Cherry Capital) loves it, but it won’t flower for several weeks yet…

What’s going on in your garden (planning) this week?

The good…

The bad…
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Sunday Morning Garden Chat: Spring Is Sprung

raven easter weekend 2016

Courtesy of perennial commentor Raven, the trees in Georgia welcome spring, and in the photos below his spouse shows off her design chops celebrating Easter. Which is, of course, a fertility festival as well as the holiest of Christian holidays. (So’s Passover, to some degree, but this year Passover is still three weeks away.)

Yesterday I bought the first transplants of the year, a half-dozen pansy sixpaks and an almost-open hyacinth for the living room. (Hyacinths are very strongly scented, one is enough for a whole room, and once it’s finished blooming I’ll dig the bulb in next to the front stoop, near the survivors from a half-dozen previous years.) So — unless the rain shows up earlier than expected — I’ll celebrate this afternoon by filling some planters with color, as an encouragement to start the tedious process of cleaning up the winter detritus.

What’s going on in your gardens (planning) this week?

raven easter chick display

raven easter centerpiece