A new gardening season has begun and everything gardeners have dreamed and schemed about during the long winter months is starting to happen.
Here in my zone four garden, things have gotten off to a bit of a late start. The cooler weather just seemed to want to hang on a little longer. I usually have crocuses blooming on my Dad's birthday, in mid-April, and this year there was just the slightest bit of yellow poking through the bud.
|first hint of spring - the 'Golden Yellow' crocus|
It's going to be an exciting year in my garden. It is going to be featured in my local horticultural society's fundraiser - an open garden weekend. I'm very excited about it. The weekend is in mid-July, which is traditionally one of the 'greenest' times for my garden. This year I have plans to use a lot more annuals than I usually do. I actually don't really plant much of anything in the way of annuals, except a few in hanging baskets and containers.
This year I have started some dahlias, which I intend to put in pots, and spread the pots throughout the back border, to add colour where it's needed. I've also planted double annual poppy seeds throughout the long side border.
I'm really hoping that the delphiniums will be in full glory during the open garden weekend. I very carefully kept a little blood meal around the tender shoots, warding off the rabbits, and am hoping now that they 'danger' period of them becoming breakfast is over. (The rabbits now seem content to eat the clover in the grass.)
I also have a few projects in mind, to add some whimsical features to the beds. I'll add a post about that in the coming weeks.
Until then, here's what has been going on so far:
|Crocus 'Golden Yellow'|
(a few weeks later)
|Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow)|