Comings and Goings

April 8, 2010

Cold, wet day today with lots of pounding rain and now tornado warnings all night long. It’s only been a few weeks since that first day of spring, just 19 days to be exact. And while the growing season has just begun, I’m already saying goodbye to some of my bloomers.

The daffodils near the house, where that heat makes them bloom a little earlier, are on their way out. The edges of the flowers are drying out, rolling up and turning brown. Sodden with rain today and dripping, they looked very sad and pathetic, like prom goers caught in a storm. The hyacinths are starting to lose some fragrance and wilt, though there are probably a few more good days left in them.

But now for the new guys! The tulips, even that one disturbed and pushed out by the new hydrangea bush, are budding up, leaves rippling and green and fresh. The peonies seem to be on steroids and are now coming through those grids, faster and more furious than I expect. The new lilac is completely leafed out and seems to be a happy soul in its spot. Our bedroom is right above that bed and I’m already looking forward to opening the window and having that perfume waft in all night long when the weather gets warm. The butterfly bush is sprouting – always a relief as they are just so touchy. I’ve lost two in the backyard already and am hoping that this up front and in the bright sun all day spot does the trick for this one. The oregano is growing rapidly, the yarrow has started to shoot up flower stems and the Damn Rabbits haven’t found the phlox yet. They did find the babies breath. Bastards. The coreopsis spreads more and more, now in its third summer in the butterfly bed.

The pigsqueak (seriously, how can you not just LOVE the names of flowers? Pigsqueak, toad lily, donkey tail, mugwort, lamb’s ear – what fun!) is ¬†in bloom in the back, the delicate pink and blue trumpets (yes, on the same plant!) growing more prolific every year. The hostas by the back door are finally coming up, calming my nerves. I have a beautiful blue hosta there, with leaves like platters. Last fall, I courageously dug it up, separated it, sited several pieces under the pin oak, replanted it and spat on it for luck. It is a gorgeous plant and I will be so very sad if I lost it.

That hosta and several more were replanted under the pin oak and I am ¬†seeing tentative sprouts there, but really the only ones sprouting are ones that have been there for years. I am not seeing my Jack In The Pulpit come up and I was initially afraid I’d lost them under the new black dirt. However, I’m seeing on the Internet that the red berries are seeds that should take to the new dirt and come up like crazy. We shall see in the next 4 weeks or so!


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