April 2, 2011
Welcome to my 2011 Garden Blog. I've been excited to start posting again. A few people asked me why I didn't continue blogging over the winter, but my garden is literally under a thick blanket of snow during those months.
We've had nice weather during the last couple of weeks (getting up to plus five or so celcius during the day but going below freezing during the night.) We still have a fair bit of snow, especially in the shadier areas.
The photo to the right is of the very first growth in my garden! They are a couple of crocuses coming up and I bet it won't be too long until they are blooming. I have planted snowdrops in the past, but they never come up, so the crocuses are always my first blooms. This garden is the little bed we have around the pool. It faces south and has the white side of the pool behind it - so definitely the place to plant things that bloom early.
This photo is what's left of the purple coneflowers! (The same purple coneflowers shown in my last post of 2010.) I used to cut them 'down to ground level' in the fall, until I read on someone's blog that you should leave the seedheads for the birds.
I'm not sure who that blogger was, but it was great advice. Behind the empty pod are the sedum 'Autumn Joy' which I just leave because they are pretty.