Sunday, April 05, 2009

Slowly … surely—but too slowly


This is an impatient and frustrating time for many gardeners throughout the Northeast and Midwest; I am reading it and feeling it. Indeed, I still see some gardens under a stubborn coating of snow. We haven't got that, but aside from a healthy showing from the hellebores, I wouldn’t say there’s too much going on in the way of flowers yet—and I would hardly expect it.


But it is the home stretch. All the spring bulbs are above ground, and I’m beginning to see the starts of hostas and daylilies. Even a few of the lilium—possibly martagons, are showing. In the meantime, I enjoy the last of the indoor forcing season. I started these cherry branches rather late and they are just beginning to show color—about 5 weeks ahead of the tree outside. It’s fun to watch their slow progress inside, because with the tree, it seems the burst of color happens and ends all too quickly.

Today I found a cache of lily bulbs down in the basement; they looked OK, so I planted them behind the house. There is a lot to be done back there. In 3 months it will be a weed heaven if I don’t get after it. It is also time to pull out the big bulb pots. It’s just about time to do a lot of things, regardless of this chilly, unpromising weather. No wonder I’m stalling, still looking at indoor flowers.

12 comments:

Kylee said...

I hear you, Eliz. I just happened to remember the pelargoniums that are in the basement. I overwintered them using the drying method and it's time to think about potting them up. There are so many little things we can do at this point, even if the garden is too wet or it's too cold. We're supposed to get snow tomorrow. UGH!

GardenJoy4Me said...

We are supposed to get rain mixed with snow which means slush which means cabin crazies and no garden fixes and after that ? will the new deck and shed EVER happen ? aaarrrggghhh !!!

Lisa at Greenbow said...

We have been spoiled with the real spring weather the past couple of weeks with temps up to 60 and a little higher a few days. Then reality set in this morning with cold rain and a chance of snow today. UGH... Ole Man Winter doesn't like to give it up and just when we got out screen house set up.

I like your new header.

Chandramouli S said...

Congratulations on the cherry blooming! I've never seen on for real! Great to hear that you're busy and hope your garden gets busy soon. Good luck with that!

cindee said...

Hard to imagine snow right now. I hope soon you have pretty spring blooms to see in your garden! I enjoy seeing everyone elses blooms before mine get going. Then my bulbs bloom and its over and on to something else. So it will be fun to see bulbs in your garden blooming soon! Blogging prolongs the Spring season!!!

Layanee said...

I keep saying that it won't be long now. We did have a bit of spring yesterday but it was a work day so no gardening was done. I haven't forced anything but your cherry branch is a lovely thing indeed.

Gail said...

Right now it's sleeting on my fully leafed out and blooming zone 7 garden! With the forecast changing every hour! What a spring. I rarely force plants, we don't have to...but your cherry branch looks fantastic and must be a lovely sight on a chilly, gray day. Hoping spring arrives and stays in Buffalo soon. gail

Mr. McGregor's Daughter said...

It's funny how quickly spring sneaks up on you when you're not looking. The sun is going to shine & the temperatures will soar sooner than we expect. Your Cherry branches are so pretty. I should have brought some branches inside to force when I pruned the Crabapple on Saturday. Oh, well.

Dee/reddirtramblings said...

That's funny. I was cleaning out the pantry and found some bulbs at the back. Let's just say they weren't ready for prime time. Your cherry branches are very pretty. Won't be long now.~~Dee

mb. said...

maybe this will make you feel better--here in North Florida we are preparing for a freeze tonight.

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Oh, I hear you too, believe me. We'll make it eventually, but oh, the grey days of April would drive me to drink. Hmmmmmm.....that must be why there's a bottle of Wolf Blass Yellow Label Shiraz on the table in my B and B.

kate smudges said...

The cherry blossoms are looking great. We're so late this spring that I'm still watching the snow take its time melting. Suddenly there will be a bunch of things to do ~ shan't think of them until I see some signs of life in the garden. Have a good weekend!