After many years of focusing on big, sun-loving, late-season plants, I have gradually been working on adding spring interest to the gardens here at Hayefield, and my efforts are starting to pay off. There are still many more opportunities to explore, but it’s a good start! It sure helps that we had a lovely spell of gradually milder temperatures and gentle rains this year. That blissful period ended in the last week, with wicked winds, small hail, pounding rain, and a return to flirting with freezing temperatures. But hey, it wouldn’t be real-life gardening if it were too easy, right? Despite the difficulties, I still have some highlights to share for Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day today. Since I started with one of my favorite bulbs, ‘Gravetye Giant’ summer snowflake (Leucojum aestivum), let’s continue with some other bulbs.
Ok, so, bulbs are easy, because all you have to do is buy and plant them. Getting spring color from perennials has been a much slower process, as I’ve been growing most of them from seed.
There’s foliage interest from emerging perennials too.
Back to some flowers, from the shrub and tree layer.
Not that I mind staying at home these days (or ever), but I’ve been getting out for walks around the neighborhood too, and I’ve spotted some lovely things on my rambles, including these:
And my most exciting find, because I didn’t know what it was and had to do a bit of research to discover its identity:
It’s amazing how much there is to see without even having to step off the roads around here.
So, that’s it for this month. I’d better get back to packing seed orders; sales have been nearly overwhelming this spring. It’s almost like people have nothing better to do than think about seeds! It’s a great chance to get more seeds to new homes, at least. Stay well, all, and let’s hope the world is looking as bright as the garden by this time next month.
I am passionate about collecting and growing seeds. In the links below, you can find out more about why I started my own one-person seed company and how it works. The library page is a collection of articles I’ve written on seed-related topics.