in bloom

April 22, 2012

Sunday tour of stuff in bloom, before the nor’easter gets here.

First, there seems to be a lot of aquilegia around, even though I only remember planting one. I think it’s origami mix, blue and white, though there are so many types of aquilegia, it’s hard to tell.

This is some wild that appeared by the fence. It looks like black barlow?:

What’s more, this seems to have seeded from somewhere:

And since it’s kind of smothering the English violas, I might pull it out.

There is the blue phlox I was talking about before, going gangbusters:

Some blanket flowers are already starting:

The lilac bush is opening!

The pagoda bush is in bloom for the first time.

Its little blossoms:

Finally, the knockout roses seem to be thriving after heavy pruning this winter:

 

and we’re back!

April 12, 2012

Spring, yay! Endless, hard garden chores… no so yay. Nevertheless, it is the resurrection time of year, and we do well to remember it.

Some winter renovations: we severely pruned back the grape vine in February when it was dormant:

Last summer, as you will recall, we began to feel the grapevine was getting out of hand. It not only grew all over the place in my yard, but it began to colonize the next door yard, and it grew all over Mateo’s garden and into Crest Garden Center (they did not manage to sell it, however). After consulting with some of the Italian sages in the neighborhood who have beautiful grape arbors, I learned that you want to prune your grapes way back in the winter, leaving only a few longitudinal branches. I’m not yet confident of my efforts, but hopefully the vine will come back better. This is how much stuff we pruned:

This is the stuff after we broke it down and bundled it up (hard task. took two mornings’ chore time!), and yes, that is the blackberry vine leafing along the fence:

The perennial garden is coming back – some of the thyme made it, but some didn’t. That lovely blue plant on the far left is phlox. And look at how big the lavender is getting on the right:

The tomato beds are finally cleared of grapevine debris and weeds and should get planted pretty soon:

Here is what happened to the broccoli that I never got around to picking, oops: