Archive for May, 2013

Rhubarb’s Ready

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A sweet journey from plant to cake…

Flowering Trees & Shrubs

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Our flowering crabs are in various stages of blossom. The front tree is almost done, blossoms faded, leaving a pink blanket on the bed below. The white Snow Queen is peaking and is pretty much living up to its name, and the darker red is just beginning to show its colors. The lilac bushes are mirroring the crabs, with the white ones leading the way, and the more colorful blooms just beginning.

Hummingbird!

The first hummingbird siting of the season is always exciting.  This year even more so, because it’s been so slow coming.  What a cutie.

Front Yard

Just a couple of sunny days make a huge difference in the lush look of the rhododendron. The bleeding hearts are beginning to flower, and, across the street, Margaret has a couple of tulips that survived whatever was feasting on them. And there’s one with a bud that may very well be a flower when she returns from Eastern Europe.

Backyard

I love living in an area that has old trees, but it means we have less full sun, especially in the back. The back beds are always slow getting going.

The large variegated wiegelia is beginning to leaf at last. For a while I thought it didn’t survive but it’s looking healthy enough now. The dwarf wiegelia began to get leaves about a week ago. In the far back, what we affectionately call “the warning track”, the white flowering crab is almost fully leafed, the birch about halfway, and the red crab just starting.

The tulips in the upper beds are at my favorite stage: just past buds. Immediately to their left are the dwarf wiegelia, and in the lower right the sedum is beginning to fill in.

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More color

Rhododendron

Yes, there are rhododendrons and azaleas hearty enough for zone 4.  This one has been moved around and is still a little scraggly from the trauma, but looks better every year.  I think it’s finally strong enough to get pruned after it blooms this year.

Tulips

FrontTulips After a warm day, I have tulips in the front yard. The back tulips are either providing dinner for the deer or are not ready yet, depending on their location. They’re much smaller than usual; I’m guessing it’s because of the cold spring, and they’ve been snowed upon.

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Sadly, Margaret’s tulips are not faring well. They’re being eaten. She has at least one nice bud, so there’s still hope.

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