Friday, April 20, 2007

Signs of garden life...at last, my plants have come along...my frozen days are over....and life is like a song....(apologies to Etta James for that shameless lyrical ripoff). Anyhow, here they come, gingerly peeking out of the ground. I love how these tulips emerge purple... ...my hepatica beginning to bloom (I hope to see flowers by the weekend)...
...more tulips...these were actually planted last spring (I ran out of time the previous fall when I actually bought them, and luckily only a couple dried out over that winter whilst in storage)....
...thyme 'Doone Valley'...I love this variety! Both for it's pretty yellow/red/green coloration and it's lemony scent. I actually found this locally at the Menard's, and it has been an outstanding performer! Although it does enjoy a sweet spot-southern exposure, next to the house...
...trailing arbitus with some frost damage to the edges. This is said to be a rather endangered wildflower, so naturally I had to try and grow some! So far, so good....

...as you can tell from surfing other garden blogs, I'm about a month behind most other midwestern gardens. But I don't mind, because the later emergence of my plants also keeps snow and frost damage to a minimum. Just wait until June, I'll still be blogging bulb photos while many other folks will already have daylily blooms. (Mine show up @ 4th of July) Climate is a funny thing, to be sure!

8 comments:

Annie in Austin said...

Lisa, it's about time you got some springy action! Some of your plants would be exotic here, like the hepaticas and trailing arbutus. Kate in Saskatchewan is also posting Hepaticas - I've never seen one.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

Patrick said...

That's my problem too! Because I live so far north, everytime I think about posting pictures of whats growing or whatever else I'm working on, everyone else has already been posting about it for weeks.

Blackswamp_Girl said...

Oooh... Lisa, I love that little thyme! I have a bunch of different kinds, but not 'Doone Valley.' I must go investigate. :)

lisa said...

Annie-thanks for the support! I'll have to go check out Kate's blog. Thanks for reminding me there are some benefits to gardening in the "frozen tundra"! :)

Patrick-thanks for stopping by! Glad somebody else is in the same boat...BTW, your lambs are adorable!

Kim-you'd really like 'Doone Valley'...it's really hardy for me, so I'm sure you'd have no problem. So far it seems a well-behaved spreader, unlike 'Elfin', which is "creeping all the thyme" hahahaha...I crack me up! ;)

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I LOL in spite of myself at "creeping all the thyme"!!! :)

Ki said...

Can't wait to see your hepaticas in bloom. I planted some last year and I think I see signs of them stirring.

Gotta Garden said...

You have hepaticas!! I love seeing what's going on in your garden...how boring it would be everyone was the same! Besides, it's like a season extender...who doesn't want spring to go on!

You ARE funny! That was good one!

Gotta Garden said...

Duh. That was A good one!

(It's early...I'll take any excuse!)