“I think that no matter how old or infirm I may become, I will always plant a large garden in the spring. Who can resist the feelings of hope and joy that one gets from participating in nature’s rebirth?”
– Edward Giobbi
I know I said I was only blogging once a month in April, but I had to update Hanni at Sweet Bean Gardening as to what is happening here in the garden. You see she is hosting the Hope Grows Day meme on the 5th of every month. We post what we are hoping to see in our garden in a month. Back on March 5th, I was happy just to have no snow and warmer weather in a month…well I wanted a bit more than that. If we go back to my post Cleanse, I said I wanted to see more of my garden, but especially the pond come to life.
And now that spring really is here in my zone 5 garden in Central New York on the south side of Oneida Lake, maybe I may get my wish.
Not quite what I was expecting. I was hoping for water lilies breaking the surface, the first frog and other plants beginning to grow on the waters edge. Instead we had some ice and snow last week (bottom left), but now the pond is finally stirring to life. Tadpoles are swimming (lower right and 2nd on top) and hiding amongst the dead leaves and algae. Red leaves are growing under water(3rd from bottom on left) heralding the water lily’s return.
We are about 2 weeks behind last year so we haven’t seen too much growth in the garden. The temps have been in the low 50s this past weekend and it’s been sunny so I was able to get out and clean up for about 2 hours. That got me as far as the front yard gardens. Here is where I usually find major vole damage after winter. But I may have found a solution that just happened upon the scene (look carefully to the picture on the right). If I can entice him to stay and grow, he may just take care of the problem for me. But I have to make sure not to tell my neighbor Ginger or she’ll never come to my house again.
Voles have destroyed most of the crocus in the front and wall garden. They did damage to all the shrubs and small roses and some of the plants. They killed a lot of grass and they really have to go. I will be changing some parts of the front garden to perhaps minimize the damage.
What is growing in lots of places are more crocus and iris reticulata. I did a collage so you can see some of the eye candy popping. If you look real hard to the top right crocus you will see our first pollinator too. And speaking of eye candy, Katarina at Roses and Stuff is hosting her Blooming Friday meme. Dont’ forget Tootsie at Tootsie Timeon Friday for her Fertilizer Friday meme….check them out this friday as i link in…you will definitely see more lovely eye candy.
We are sure to see hyacinths and daffodils this week since they are forming flowers. And Glory of the Snow (Chionodoxa) is just about to bloom with puschkinia and Scilla siberica. Columbine are stirring with the clematis and honeysuckle vines. Buds are starting to swell on a couple of hydrangea and the forsythias are starting to bud with lilacs. By next weekend it will all look different…colors will burst and green will be filling in all over. It is a rush of senses these springs in my garden, in my town here. What am I hoping to see in May. Well here’s a preview, but I can bet I will see a rush of flowers blooming all over from columbine to iris and creeping phlox.
So by May 5th the picture of the pond to the left is what I hope to see! And what about the veggie garden. I can’t forget that. Some early veggies will go out in the garden this weekend under the row cover. Snap peas, radish, kale, lettuce to name a few. By May 5th I should be harvesting some of these …at least that is what I hope!!
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want – oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!”
– Mark Twain
Special Note: I will be contributing to a new website, Walkabout Chronicles, the brainchild of 2 wonderful friends. It is an honor that they have asked me to write for this incredible endeavor. Check it out and keep coming back for new features as it grows. It is not about gardening, but about life (well I always throw gardening in). And if you want to contribute just drop them a line.