Spring has Sprung!!
FINALLY!!! We have had some really nice weather and we’re not supposed to get much rain this week. Let the flood waters recede!!
So we (my husband and I) have been out in the yard: mulching, fertilizing, weeding, and of course, killing dandelions. The grass just keeps getting greener and has been mowed twice. The “problem” with all this yard time is that I usually do some work, then see something I just have to photograph! It makes for a nice break from the weeding and mulching I think!
To start off is a shot of my Crown Imperials. I inherited these with my old house and brought them with me when I moved to Ithaca. When they first break ground in the spring they stink like skunk but then they become these lovely downward facing flowers. I had to lay on my back under the stalks to get this shot. Fortunately the neighbors already think I’m crazy!
My red trillium. This is another one that I just couldn’t bring myself to part with when I moved and fortunately for me has thrived in its new home. Trilliums are protected in some areas but grow fairly commonly in CNY. Red trilliums are much rarer. For example, we saw hundreds of white trilliums during our Carpenter Falls hike, and one red trillium.
I bought these Grecian Windflowers from some school fundraiser and they just keep growing no matter what you do to them. I just threw them in the ground not really expecting much and look at what I get every year. And I don’t have to dead head them, I don’t have to thin them – I do nothing. And they just keep coming back!
We inherited this Bleeding Heart with the house so I don’t know how old it is, but it’s gotten so that it’s pretty large. I love the pink, delicate flowers. It’s the best sign that spring is really here.
We live along a wooded area and are constantly waging war with the chipmunks/squirrels/deer. Last year I replanted all of my daffodils as the chipmunks had eaten them all. These results are so very worth it. No tulip pics from my garden this year – the deer did quite a number on them.
That’s what went on last week in my garden. This weeks warm temps and sunshine should bring all sorts of changes – and work! Spent yesterday afternoon staining the deck. And there’s still more mulching to do. But it’s all worth it!!