Every year gardeners all over the world try to decide if spring seems to be developing earlier or later than previous years. One criteria used is the date a certain beloved flower opens. The pink hyacinths just outside our front doorway are a little early this year.The Yoshino cherry tree inspired a post of its own last year when it was at its peak. Click here to see if it is early or late this go around.One gauge might be the eruption of life from dormant perennials, like this Pink Vision astilbe along the lower deck wall. It is early.Fritillaria raddeana was shown in last year’s March bloom day post. That makes it late. Click here to see what else was blooming then.New plantings don’t count. These blue hyancinths were sold in a pot at Walmart along with tulips in several colors. The bulb tips were just peeking out of the ground when these arrived at the store. I happened to be there as the workers were unloading the truck. That is the very best time to buy at a big box store, for sometimes the follow up care given is not the best. The hyacinths already growing in my garden had progressed to the peeking up stage too, so it seemed the perfect time to pop these out of the pot and into the soil. Seeing where spring color is needed in spring, rather than in the fall when bulbs are planted makes life so much easier.The grass was cut for the first time this year on March 19. Last year it was March 27, but according to my journal I had the flu last year from March 17 to March 20. Even while sick I moved a bunch of the early daffodils, penstemons and daylilies though.Tomato plants were purchased from our local nursery, Mouse Creek on April 17, 2008, a week after our last frost date of April 10. Uh oh. Our seed started tomatoes this season are too tall for the cold frame and have been moved inside and out as the weather permits. It seems we will have another two or three weeks more of musical plant moving.Speaking of being too tall, the cobaea seedlings in the far left of the photo have outgrown the bamboo stakes and grab me as I come and go in the greenhouse/sunroom. Like the tomatoes, in and out is the name of their game until mid April planting time.Midnight Mystique Black hyacinth was featured in bloom in a post from last year. Click here to see if it is on schedule for this year.The beginning of the end of the fabulous Redbor kale is signaled by the formation of flower buds. New seedlings are already planted in the ground of this variety, along with the green form Winterbor kale. Next year we will take note of the flowering of the kale as another milestone of spring.Does it matter the exact date of openings, emergings and mowings from one year to the next? Of course not. What does matter is being able to sit comfortably out of doors and contemplate the next to do chore to add to the task list. Life is good.
Thanks again to good friend Tina, of In The Garden for the Fairegarden plaque.
My name is Frances and I am a lifelong gardener, having lived in various parts of the USA over many years. Since 2000 I have been gardening on a slope in a small town in Tennessee. I have been blogging about this USDA Zone 7a garden since December of 2007. Thank you for visiting!
The slope in spring
The slope in fall
The slope in winter
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Older Posts Of Interest:
The story of the day a throng of cedar waxwings descended upon the garden, shown in the header image. (2009)
An awkward title that explains about making those very tall asters, mums and others shorter by cutting them down by half in May. Now is the time! (2011)
A book inspires the growing of lilies from seed. (2009)
How ten lily bulbs became hundreds. (2010)
A rant about the mistaken thoughts of non-gardeners. (2009)
There was something hidden in the forest and we were lucky enough to be able to see it. (2011)
Dreams turn into reality, in a way. The Green Man/Leaf Man faces live well in my garden now. (2011)
A yard without a lawn. (2010)
A history of all of the faire gardens and a couple of choice tidbits about me. (2009)
Very difficult to only pick your six favorite plants, some of us bent the rules a bit. (2009)
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