More Signs of Spring

Standard

Actually, updates of some of plant pics I previously posted.

The crocus were disappointing – at least for me as I only ever saw them when the sun was just up or nearly down. iDJ got a better pic during the daylight hours last week:

Some kind of critter is digging out the moss along the wall – I’m good with that. Might be starlings, might be a transient hedgehog (hoping for the latter – eat those slugs!!).

Saves me digging that crap or poisoning it, too.

The daffodils are so close to opening! Maybe this weekend. Note the cheeky viola that didn’t bother to die over the winter. I’m rather regretting growing violas – they self-seed everywhere and collect aphids and other nasty bugs.

The clematis are going crazy – well over 6ft high now, and the frost and snow we have had lately doesn’t seem to phase them one bit. I have them growing up a trash-tree that I also accidentally grew (in my strawberry patch) and relocated. My neighbor on the other side of the wall hates this tree! I want my one last surviving lilac from seed to fill this spot, but it is only a couple of feet tall still. I’ll feel bad about digging out the grey willow, as the birds (and the clematis) love it so.

Top pic – first year. Next pic – second year. This is what they looked like February 27:

And a week later:

I’m not sure about all those wee ones coming up. They are so tiny and fragile that the wind we’ve had lately did a number on them since I took this pic. I also picked a rake of little nodules off of their stems last year, and potted them up indoors to see what they might do. They got leggy and soft, so not a great idea!

Still wondering what is growing in that pot that has cotelydons – I’ll leave them until they prove they are weeds.

Advertisements

16 responses »

  1. I am imagining the viola, mocking you quietly when you can’t see it.

    Love the rest of the plants, especially the clematis.

    Why does the thought of a hedgehog chomping on a slug sound like a joke? No, really, I had no idea they ate such things.

  2. I am imagining the viola, mocking you quietly when you can’t see it.

    Love the rest of the plants, especially the clematis.

    Why does the thought of a hedgehog chomping on a slug sound like a joke? No, really, I had no idea they ate such things.

  3. You’d be so proud of me dear, I spent most of my day staying awake during a crappy guest speaker by looking for gardening / indoor plant info on Pinterest. I’m going to try to grow some fruits and veggies in pots on the back patio this year and I’ve decided I want more plants in the house.

    Your lilies are making me jealous. We’re having the big flower bed redone this year so I’m not sure what’s going to make it long enough to come up.

      • I’ve ordered a blueberry plant that’s supposed to be special for doing in a pot, hopefully it’s good. Many years ago we had a strawberry patch in the one corner of the yard but it kept trying to take over. Pots would be a great way to help wrangle them. 🙂

        • Oh yes – I have three blueberry bushes in pots. They need ericaceous soil and my yard-dirt is too acid or not acid enough, I forget which. Very healthy n happy. I think I’m giving up on my strawberries this year – the lot of them are old and don’t produce much. Thinking of getting wall-planters for the side of the shed and trying a new batch there.

  4. Anyone near you got chickens? They are the culprits when out garden is being scratched apart lol
    You’re garden is going to be beaut. We had a raft of lovely snowdrops although they are gone now and the daffs are starting to bloom. Next will be the bluebells and primroses.

Thoughts? Gardening tips? Cocktail recipes? Don't just like and leave, please - I can talk for Ireland and would love to prove it!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s