Tra La!

It’s spring!  And at least one of the Redbuds (Cercis Canadensis) knows it.  It’s starting to bloom.

One of the things I like about Redbuds is that their flowers bloom along their bare, woody branches before the leaves come out for a wonderful, colorful structural effect.

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It’s native here, and grows wild everywhere and in gardens everywhere and is very common.  Sometimes common is good.

Green!

Last fall a friend divided his Echinops (Globe Thistle) and gave me 10 divisions.  About half of them are already showing green. Echinops leaves March 25 2015

And all the Malus (Flowering Crab) in the orchard made it through the winter.

First Malus leaves spring 2015 20150324_125118

I did two winter-thaw waterings and Wiltpruf antidessicant and BobbexR rabbit repellant.  (All of which may or may not have helped, but didn’t hurt)

To Life!

There are some heartwarming and oh-so-welcome sights in the newly planted garden.  Some of the new plants are showing soft, plump buds – and in one case, the first FLOWERS!  (Though you have to look closely to see those).

Wisteria Buds 1.27.2015 20150127_121509The Wisteria are covered with buds.  So next year the pergolas won’t be quite so naked.

  Dogwood Buds full close up bids 1.27.2015 20150127_121851And most of the Dogwoods have buds.

The luscious little upward facing ovals in a few months will be dancing white and sparkling against the blue sky.

Witch Hazel Buds Closeup Pale Yellow visible 1.27.2015 20150127_122131

And also the Witch Hazel.   Jelena, with its copper colored flowers is actually flowering a little as well as being covered with clusters of fuzzy, pale, pale gray-yellow buds.

Sprouts

Look closely…

sprouts of grass

see the tiny little green sprouts in among the protective straw cover?  That’s the lawn. It looks like most of the seeds germinated before the cold hit.  Hopefully they’re busy putting roots down now that we’re having a nice warm spell, so next year some of my dreams will come true.