Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Spring is in Full Swing!

Spring is literally exploding onto the scene here at Millertime, and it amazes me every year. It's as though the plants all understand how short the growing season is, and they try to "beat the clock". The critters are out in force too, this red squirrel was watching me prep my planters very intently...


...blooms are getting started at long last, too...


...and the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are back as well. This is the first year I've seen them show interest in safflower seeds, guess I'd better refill that feeder!
Pasque flower blooming nicely...

...pink hyacinth blooming not as nicely. I'm not sure if it's the cold winters here or what, but I never get really full blooms from these bulbs, despite fertilizing/amending every year. Ah well, it sure smells nice!

Crocus in full bloom, too. These have been multipling every year, in fact I may need to divide them soon.
My Hepatica is blooming it's head off also. "Mama" here has sent some babies out to populate other areas of my garden, too... ...but the blooms look different. They may get a little more sun here, but the flowers are significantly lighter...
...almost a pink-ish blush to it...

....and this one is white!

More white blooms on my White Forsythia , and they smell very nice. This bush blooms much more successfully than my yellow forsythia, so I may just dig up the poor performer and replace it with something that produces berries.

More daffodils, but I don't recall the name. I have tags for all my perennials, but I don't tag the bulbs. I do have a "map" in my garden log book so I remember what was planted where...now if I could just find the book! :)
My "purple haze" area is building up to another big show, I hope it looks as good as last year!


Nice little muscari contemplating a bloom...

....thyme 'Doone Valley' is yellowing up in the sun. This is a very hardy cultivar, and it smells very citrusy.
Here's an exciting sighting! I have heard loons up here in the past, but never actually saw one until last weekend!

Another nice daff...

...these cute chionodoxa are naturalizing nicely. They appear to have multiplied already, and I only planted them last year!


Fat buds on the lilacs...

...and signs of life in my winter-sow containers.

Good Lord and good weather willing, this will be a great season! Happy spring everybody!

13 comments:

wiseacre said...

I tried 'Doone Valley' Thyme last year. It overwintered nicely and made a nice planting that's 'taking off' now. It is a really nice varitey of thyme.

I've spotted Loons on some of the lakes but haven't gotten a shot good enough to post yet :(

lisa said...

That thyme is stellar! I've had it for 3 years, and it needs dividing already. I put it by the door to my crawlspace, so when I kneel to open it I get the fragrance. The loons can be very shy, I was just floored to get a shot at all. (It took me 5 tries to get something presentable :) The same morning, I saw a pair of wood ducks (couldn't get a shot to save my life), and an otter (couldn't get my camera out fast enough). The current in the river is very swift right now, and the wildlife really whizzes by!

Monica the Garden Faerie said...

Yay winter-sown seedlings. I transplanted a bunch of winter-sown catchfly to the garden today and put some things in larger containers for an upcoming plant swap. Love all your blooms, but especially the hepatica and pasque flowers. :)

donna said...

So many wonderful subjects in this post. I never see red squirrels here in GB. Never heard of white forsythia before. Will have to check it out. My little muscari started blooming this week, too. Doone Valley thyme is also something I'm interested in. The loon photo made my heart ache...I love them so much. Had them at Kelly Lake when we lived there. My chionodoxa are done blooming and I also have fat lilac buds. Great post!

Rurality said...

Very nice! Most hepatica here is white. It's always a kick to find the blue-purple variety. :)

lisa said...

Monica-Thank you! I'm enjoying spring to the fullest, and next year I'm absolutely trying veggie wintersowing-thanks to you! :)

Donna-Thank you! I got the white forsythia at Forestfarm in Oregon. They have an incredible selection, although their shipping can be expensive. Every order I've placed has been well worth it, though! I got the 'Doone Valley' at Menard's of all places, and of course the loon came with the house! ;-)

Karen-That's funny, I never saw the white hepatica before!

Tam said...

Your winter sowing is really coming along! It's so nice to be finally well into spring. We finally had some bulbs bloom this week also.

James Oh said...

Lisa,

Many thanks for sharing with us such wonderful pics, where otherwise I don't have the chance to see as I am staying in country where there is only one season throughout the year.

lisa said...

Tam-Isn't it delightful?! Feels like it's been sooo long since the flowers were blooming!

James-You're very welcome! No shortage of seasonal changes around here, to be sure! :)

MrBrownThumb said...

love the pics of the Rose-breasted Grosbeaks and the Pasque flower. You've always got such interesting things going on in your garden.

lisa said...

Thank you Mr. Brown Thumb! I never get bored here, for sure! ;-)

troutbirder said...

Pasque flowers are only found here on "goats prairies". You are lucky to have them. :)

lisa said...

I sure do enjoy the pasque flowers, but I must admit that it's only growing here because I bought it. :) I'd like to get the varieties that bloom red, as well as the white-blooming one...they flower so early and really "ring in the new season" for me.