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Re: SPRING HAS SPRUNG! What's blooming in your yard (or garden)?

Until last Thursday nothing had started growing in my neighborhood.  Then, on Friday, I was driving down the same old street and suddenly had the oddest sensation.  I felt I was in a different place.  For a moment I felt disconcerted as though I didn't recognize my own block.  Then I realized, the first warm day had caused absolutely everything to bloom at once!  Red tulips, bright yellow forsythia, squill, beautiful blooms on trees and the grass was suddenly emerald green.  It seems everythng was just ready and waiting for 70 degrees.  Just amazing.
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Until last Thursday nothing had started growing in my neighborhood.  Then, on Friday, I was driving down the same old street and suddenly had the oddest sensation.  I felt I was in a different place.  For a moment I felt disconcerted as though I didn't recognize my own block.  Then I realized, the first warm day had caused absolutely everything to bloom at once!  Red tulips, bright yellow forsythia, squill, beautiful blooms on trees and the grass was suddenly emerald green.  It seems everythng was just ready and waiting for 70 degrees.  Just amazing.

 

Sounds like a beautiful unveiling of spring! 

Now, I need to get outside while it's cool, and pull up a bazillion Ca. poppies, before the temps hit 90, again, today!

Enjoy the flowers! Ha!

 

:smileyhappy:

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Kathy - We'll get those 90 degree days, but not just yet.  We'll have several chilly days in late May or early June and then WHAM!  We'll be melting!

 

Right now, the April showers are turning everything lush green.  The peach tree is blooming and I'm excited because the Miss Kim lilacs and koreanspice viburnums are making everything smell WONDERFUL! 

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Sorry I've been kind of off the charts for a few days.  I lost a good friend a few days ago and it threw me for a loop.

 

Anyway, it was a beautiful weekend in Cincinnati, so I tried to get outside as much as possible.  I took a lot of pictures at Cincinnati's beautiful Ault Park and posted them on my blog, here:

 

http://the-garden-muse.blogspot.com/ 

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Becke, thank you for those nice pictures.  I love your park!  All the trees and flowers in bloom, and the blue sky!  I woke this morning to fog and clouds.  The sun is fighting to get through it.

 

I wish we had parks around here that look like that.  Most of ours are just grass and trees, play areas for kids, and ball diamonds and picnic tables.  Nothing much to maintain.  But we have these parks in and around all of the homes, and some are for dogs to play in, as well as children.

 

We do have several natural wildlife preserves in the hills which have trails to walk, where native flowers are grown, and sometimes sold to raise money for these preserves, but I'm not big on running into rattlesnakes and bobcats!  I like your park better! :smileyhappy:

 

Have a good day, today, my dear lady!

 

Kathy

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becke_davis wrote:

Sorry I've been kind of off the charts for a few days.  I lost a good friend a few days ago and it threw me for a loop.

 

Anyway, it was a beautiful weekend in Cincinnati, so I tried to get outside as much as possible.  I took a lot of pictures at Cincinnati's beautiful Ault Park and posted them on my blog, here:

 

http://the-garden-muse.blogspot.com/ 


Condolences for the loss of your friend.

 

Fresh air does help grief and shock. And what a nice spot to get it. Good pics.

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Well, it seems that everyone has beautiful flower gardens.  I don't have one of those, I would love them but they seem to be more work currently then I have time for and once they start to bloom my allergies go a little on the funny side, but I have started a vegetable garden this year. 

 

So far I have lettuce, onions, and broccoli breaking ground. 

 

I am hoping by the end of May to have lots more in; green beans, cucumbers, radishs, and many more.

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Melhay wrote:

Well, it seems that everyone has beautiful flower gardens.  I don't have one of those, I would love them but they seem to be more work currently then I have time for and once they start to bloom my allergies go a little on the funny side, but I have started a vegetable garden this year. 

 

So far I have lettuce, onions, and broccoli breaking ground. 

 

I am hoping by the end of May to have lots more in; green beans, cucumbers, radishs, and many more.


Many people who grow flowers are frightened to attempt a vegetable garden, so I'd say you're ahead of the game.  You could always plant a couple of containers with flowers -- that would be pretty, but manageable.

 

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becke_davis wrote:

Melhay wrote:

Well, it seems that everyone has beautiful flower gardens.  I don't have one of those, I would love them but they seem to be more work currently then I have time for and once they start to bloom my allergies go a little on the funny side, but I have started a vegetable garden this year. 

 

So far I have lettuce, onions, and broccoli breaking ground. 

 

I am hoping by the end of May to have lots more in; green beans, cucumbers, radishs, and many more.


Many people who grow flowers are frightened to attempt a vegetable garden, so I'd say you're ahead of the game.  You could always plant a couple of containers with flowers -- that would be pretty, but manageable.

 


 

We are hoping to build a house next year.  That is when I plan to attempt to grow the beautiful flowers around the house.  I hope to plan that out then and have the room.

 

I am afraid that I will kill them all and none of the beauty will show through. 

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You have to kill a few flowers en route to becoming a gardener.  It's one of the ways we learn -- sad, but true.
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I've certainly killed a few plants and learned from every one.

 

Farther south here, spring bulbs have maturing foliage. Poppies -- California, Shirley and Breadseed -- have maturing pods to gather. Many roses have finished their first flush of bloom.

 

The first LA lily opened yesterday. This spring's 'speriment is a 'Carefree Beauty' rose pruned into a mass of blossoms from which grows a bouquet on a stick is coming into bloom.

 

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 I'm excited to wander in again and talk about books about roses and rose gardening. I was one of Becke's early students in BN classes. Garden Blueprints is still one of my favorite books.

 

 

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Nell!!!!  So great to hear from you!  I couldn't get your link to open, and I know your pictures are always wonderful.

 

What a nice surprise on a gloomy day! 

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Here, Becke...I copied for you.

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Thanks, Kathy.  Must just be a glitch with my computer.  What a gorgeous picture!  I have several Carefree Beauty roses under my front window.  I cut them back every winter and they come back every spring.  The individual flowers aren't gorgeous, but they are tough and reliable and make a great low hedge, if you prune them that way.
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I agree...for awhile there was nothing, and now suddenly, our yard is filled with pale purple, pale pink and lots and lots of white tulips. It's so glorious to see them. And the forget me nots are out, with that wonderful frothy blue..

 

But I'm not kidding. If one more tulip gets its head bitten off  by an evil squirrel, there's going to be some hurtin' squrrels in my neighborhood. Anyone have any ideas?

 

happy spring to all--and Becke, thinking of you

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Hank_Phillippi_Ryan wrote:

I agree...for awhile there was nothing, and now suddenly, our yard is filled with pale purple, pale pink and lots and lots of white tulips. It's so glorious to see them. And the forget me nots are out, with that wonderful frothy blue..

 

But I'm not kidding. If one more tulip gets its head bitten off  by an evil squirrel, there's going to be some hurtin' squrrels in my neighborhood. Anyone have any ideas?

 

happy spring to all--and Becke, thinking of you

Hank

 

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I love tulips but they always bring back a bad memory for me.  We were young and broke when we moved to England years ago, and the only house we could afford was 100 years old and in a pretty bad neighborhood.  A back alley ran behind our house and a field was behind that (hmmm.  The house I live in now also has a big field behind it; total coincidence, but weird.).
 Anyway, it was pretty depressing.  We had to completely gut the house -- replace the floors, the wiring, paint every square inch of it.  It didn't have heating, so we had oil radiators that didn't work very well.  Later we discovered the joys of Calor gas, but that first winter, we froze.  I was excited about the ramshackle greenhouse at the back, and the OUTDOOR LOO!  But our cat had to stay in quarantine for six months, we could barely afford clothes and we didn't know anybody.  It was pretty much the low point in our lives, if not our marriage -- it actually brought us closer together.
 That first fall, I planted tons of tulips, really looking forward to spring.  Bulbs bloom earlier there than in Chicago, so I was thrilled to get home from work one chilly day and see all those tulips blooming, in all different colors.  It was so warm and cheerful, it just made my day!
 The next day, when I got home from work, someone had come in through the alley gate and neatly cut the heads off every single tulip.  I wanted to weep.  Instead, I got angry, and planted rose bushes instead.  If they wanted to cut the flowers off those, they could get stuck with some thorns while they were at it.  Never had any problems like that again.
 Funnily enough, my husband went back to visit our old stomping grounds the last time he went to England to visit his dad.  The town is along the Thames, and they've revitalized that whole area.  He said it's a tourist attraction now!  I can hardly imagine it! 

 

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I just got back from an extended book tour and I was worried that I'd missed my dogwoods, but NO! They are in full bloom and absolutely gorgeous. My viburnums are out (such as they are...wish they were a bit more lush.) Pink azaleas still out and the white ones are threatening. I love this time of year in my garden. Next up rhodys and mountain laurels.

 

Worked on containers today (since I finally sent off book three.) Nothing  exotic in the containers...I stayed at a hotel in CA a few months back and they had masses of geraniums. I know, pedestrian - but they were beautiful and  in terracotta pots they looked Italianate, so that's what I did this year, mixed with lime coleus, white verbena, alyssum, bacopa, white lamium, creeping jenny and red gerber daisies. I'll plant the moonflower seeds tmw.

Also have lysimachia and catnip in pots.

 

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Do you have cats, Rosemary?  My cat goes insane over lemon balm even more than catnip.  I had a huge, shrubby clump of it (that eventually died out and I haven't replaced it yet) but my big fat orange cat would just plop down in the middle of the clump and rub it all over himself.  He'd nibble on it, too.

 

I'm afraid to risk putting much outside yet, although I got a couple of big ferns to hang on the deck (pretty shady most of the day).  I broke down and bought a couple Martha Washington geraniums but I'm keeping them inside for now.  I don't trust May in Cincinnati. 

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It stopped raining long enough for me to go out and take some pictures in the yard today.  I posted them here:

 

http://the-garden-muse.blogspot.com/ 

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I'm in Chicago and its suburbs this weekend, enjoying the wonderful scent of lilacs everywhere I go, and hawthorns in bloom everywhere I look.  It's fun because the lilacs at home finished weeks ago, so it's like getting a replay!