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Spring is really blooming

Spring is here. Our big white blooming tree (crab apple or cherry something or other) is past peak bloom already. It still is very beautiful, just not “as much” as earlier in the week. The blossoms are dropping slowly, and the leaves are getting greener and larger day by day.

I posted pictures of my Whiskey Barrel plants earlier today (all separate postings, unfortunately, not something I’ll be editing into one post anytime soon, or ever.) My Chives are making me want to make french bread and spaghetti on purpose (Chive Butter!) and the unnamed Thyme is good and fragrant already, I put some into the stew I’m making for dinner today. The Greek Oregano is simply fragrant and bushy, threatening to take over the barrel, already claiming about half the space or making moves for it, I’m going to pare it back some soon. It stayed active all winter, but has a new spring springiness, freshened and Super Hyper active. The Chives were also active over winter, but Super Hyper active now too.

The Eastern Redbud tree has been ready to bloom anytime and has opened several blossoms today. It’ll be a glorious purple blaze soon. The maple trees all have done their red blossom thing already. The Yoshino Cherry trees are ready-ing their blossoms, not yet there.

Let’s see then, there are a few other trees, starting their looking alive thing. The Weeping Willow (tree) and the Pussy Willow (bush) both appear to be dead. That’s not good. Actually I am not shocked about the bush, it was nasty, we moved it, it seemed to regroup, now looks petered ugly old knarly totally dead. No pussie willows this spring. Or next, unless …

So the Weeping Willow is another matter. It is usually greening up by now. It LOOKS dead and symptoms are every branch or strand I can touch is brittle, dry, snaps and is totally dead. Bark is pulled away from the trunk in many areas and every thing looks dead. There was a dead branch on it last year, it wasn’t dead early on, but at some point, and whatever it is, it’s the whole tree.

So, is it something Willow oriented? I don’t know, I’ve not gotten myself to do any research. I’m overwhelmed with the thought of taking the tree down. So it goes.

Anyhow, weeds are in their glorious phase. I have learned to forget about new gardening until later. Let the horrid weeds do their thing, pull out of this or that area for perennials and in the barrel, but don’t worry much about planting anything into a “garden” until later, weeds and disease, it’s too fresh and lovely for those things, but they rear their heads and what I do about things is so “natural” I just have more success starting later, if at all. I would like tomatoes and red peppers this year. Tomatoes I know I can do, red peppers I want to do, but never have successfully gotten even one pepper to eat from them.

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.

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