Tag: Bulbs

Spring, Spring, Doing Your Thing

Spring is fully underway. A lot of the Daffodils in our yard are blooming or past blooming, there are still some coming up though. My Peonies are readying their blossoms more and more each day. Looks like they’ll be early this year (like many of the flowering trees were.) I have also gotten my Hosta plants out of the overly weedy bed they were in. They now reside in two large pots temporarily. I’m trying to un-weed another area for them.

Varigated Hosta Potted .:. Solid Hosta Potted

We have an October Glory Maple Tree in the front yard. My Peonies are planted beside it. This area we call “the berm” … it’s raised up, I want to beef it up quite a bit, restore it to the semi-glory it once had, and make it better than ever. I’m hoping to get the hosta tucked into it somewhere nice and shady for the most part.

I have some other bulbs to plant, summer blooming things. I want, have always wanted, a really good perennial 4-season set-up … I struggle getting it to come to fruition. So I’m mostly right now hoping to really work on the berm for the first major time since the early 2000’s. My Peonies will be here for the last time this year. I want to move them to a different spot. That will be later though. So now it’s:

  • Get the weeds out (grassy horrid things for the most part, runners … ugh.)
  • Add organic material
  • Add soil
  • Add bulbs
  • Plant Hosta
  • Plant sunflower seeds
  • Plant some other seeds
  • Get more bulbs (especially Fall, an d also Winter [if there are any for this area]

We got my Knock Out Rose bushes planted last weekend, finally. They were bought in 2010 and never put into the ground. Thankfully they lived alright over the course of the year until now. They are now happy coffee drinkers (coffee grounds buried with them) and are really starting to get where they are suppose to. Many blooms will be opening in the next few days.

Knock Out Roses Recently PlantedI have another Knock Out Rose bush that is in a planter we bought last year, full of plants already. Only it lasted, and something else growing under it, some kind of snapdragon sort of looking thing. That rose bush is flourishing. It looked pretty good already, but I gave it some coffee as well, and it visible got nicer the few days afterward. It’s got a ton of bloom blooming, and setting more.

Knock Out Roses 2011I’ve got lots of pictures on Flickr of the roses from this year. I also planted a few garlic cloves in the planter, they are sending up shoots and sending down roots. I’ll put some out by my other roses too I think. Aphids are not nice, we had some earlier, they seem to have gone away with my vinegar treatment and the rain we have had. I keep my eyes on them. Last year was my first with any roses that grow. No aphids then. Early spring, that’s when they appeared, I didn’t have these plants in early Spring last year, so I will look for a patter in coming times. Also of note is this year’s earliest  spring we have had since living here, most notably in how all the plants have responded.

Spring and Daffodils

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Yoshino's Blooming

A view of our Yoshino's in full bloom

March is nearly over already. Wow! Time is moving fast. Partially that is because Spring started so very early for us this year. Our Yoshino cherry trees are usually in Peak blossoming right now. They are done blossoming, have been for awhile. Our largest of the 3 we have still has many blossoms at the top half of the tree, but all the trees are leafing out and the blossoms that are still there are mostly hidden. Overall, the two smaller trees are done with blossoms, and the larger tree has many, but not even a 1/8 to a 1/4 of what it had in full bloom.

We got some daffodils planted this year in the front yard. They were supposed to be planted in November, but got lost in the garage and it wouldn’t have worked out in any case. I found them in the shed a few weeks ago and was surprised to find them there, buried in a corner. They were nice bags that we got at Costco, 80 bulbs in each. I opened one up and the bulbs were sprouting roots a little and growing upwards. The other bag was the same. A few bulbs seemed no good (that would be the case whenever we would have opened it in the Autumn.) Since they probably spent most of the Winter in the shed, I guess they were treated to enough cold to grow and do their thing.

We have a Mantis, but it was out of service in the Autumn, so we hadn’t done any prep for new flower beds or anything at all. My daffodil bulbs were a great buy, but bad timing. Anyhow, we got the Mantis in for service late February, but couldn’t pick it up until just a week ago. I found the bulbs and with that status find and the early spring we were having I was anxious to get them planted immediately.

Our yard is the typical Georgia one, clay and weedy grasses. Hard, awful. It had rained previous to start digging the grassy surface off of the dirt, so that job was a bit easier. It would have be heaven to have the Mantis at this point, loosening the earth to get it amended and moved to get the bed of bulbs in place. It was a messy thankless job without the Mantis. My husband did most of that work in the end. I didn’t do the digging, I’m not capable of it. I started laying the bulbs in, but grew sick of it with the condition of everything and left it for my husband to finish. I hope all the bulbs ended up pointing up properly.

Close-up of Daffodil emerging from the Earth

It seemed forever until one green pointy thing poked through the dirt. It was forever. It was the only one for a long time, then another and another. A few days later a couple more, then it rained and I didn’t look yesterday, chilly day that it was, and very wet. Today I went out in early morning and sure enough, more and more and more are coming out. Still nothing like should come up, but it’s a start. Other peoples daffodils are up and blossoming already (for some weeks!) Ours say on the bag “bloom mid-spring” so what does that mean exactly in our case? If they were in the ground since November, they’d be further along now? Probably, I guess. I’m hoping these daffodils will naturalize. I did have some before that never came back. It was several years ago, but not as many or even as nice bulbs as the ones we just planted. Mid-Spring is what though? I guess we’ll see in coming years.

There are at least 4 or 5 stalks from these bulbs which are forming blossoms in their tops. Some are supposedly full yellow, others yellow centers with white petals. I’m hoping to get the area fully finished (dirt moved, mulch applied, etc.) so that when the flowers bloom I’ll have some good photos to get.

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