Archive for April, 2011


trio of daffodils
The daffodils have been up for a couple of weeks now.

daffodils long view
Daffodil corner. I’m pleased with the combination of daffodils and the geranium spilling over the wall. Not happy about the rest of the bed being taken over with spiderwort. Curse you, spiderwort.

blue scilla tumbling over the path
Pretty clump of scilla drooping over our walkway.

yellow crocuses
Crocuses I planted next fall in the new bed behind the house. These and the snowdrops came up well after the daffodils.

pea sprout
Moving over to the vegetable garden, our peas are sprouting. Also radishes, lettuce, spinach, and the first few carrots are up.

seedling trays on patio table
Seedlings of kale, spinach, and arugula hardening off. These were started inside in early March and were planted out into the garden beds yesterday.

group of bottles
My winter sowing, started outside in early February.

2-liter bottle with sprouts inside
Most of them have now sprouted with very minimal intervention from me. These are lupines.

hepatica on forest floor
Now moving to the native plant/woodland area. And my hepatica! The only one of five I planted that survived. Not a great pic, and the color is wrong — it’s really a clear blue-purple.

Pussytoes (antennaria), host plant for the American Lady butterfly, growing on the slope leading up to the woods.

pennsylvania sedge bloom
The flower of pennsylvania sedge, which also grows on the slope.

buds on blueberry plant
Highbush blueberry buds, about to bloom.

Our 2011 vegetable garden website is up! Our radishes are up! Our peas are up! Our lettuce is up! And our kale seedlings have sunburn, doh.

I pulled a grocery bag’s worth of garlic mustard today. But! one of my hepaticas is blooming!! I was sure they’d all been dug up by the squirrels and chipmunks, but one of them has lived!