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Morning in the garden – April 18, 2015

Spring has, at last, taken hold and greenery and flowers are awakening all over the garden, enough to start the morning in the garden series to document the growing season in my zone 6a, south-central Connecticut gardens.

The well-established crocus planted in the south-facing front beds are done blooming while those in the cooler rear beds still greet the morning sun.

Crocus tommasinianus 'Ruby Giant'

Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’

Nearby, are fleeting blossoms of Iris reticulata.

Iris reticulata 'Cantab'

Iris reticulata ‘Cantab’

The crocus and early iris blooms show my love of blue and purple, as do the potted violas on the front porch.

potted violas

potted violas

daylily foliage

daylily foliage

blueberry buds

blueberry buds

Elsewhere in the rear beds daylily foliage adds more green each day and blueberry buds swell.

 

 

 

 

The sand crane statue, that just a few weeks ago was almost completely buried in snow, stands tall and seems relieved to be perched among growing plants.

sand crane statue

sand crane statue

Stachys byzantina or common Lamb's Ear

Stachys byzantina or common Lamb’s Ear

Allium rosenbachianum

Allium rosenbachianum

In the front beds the Lamb’s Ear borders are shaking off their sad winter face and soon will be nothing but fuzzy gray foliage, while allium foliage shows where 3′ tall globes of violet will stand come June.

 

Thankfully, local deer leave both Lamb’s Ear and allium alone.

 

The two dwarf white pines planted last autumn came through the winter well in spite of being totally buried from January through early April.

Pinus strobus 'Nana (Improved)'

Pinus strobus ‘Nana (Improved)’

Magnolia stellata 'Centennial'

Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’

Sanguinaria canadensis, commonly known as bloodroot

Sanguinaria canadensis, commonly known as bloodroot

The weather forecast promising two warm, sunny days should entice the first magnolia and bloodroot blossoms to open …

 

and the sun will soon dry the dew droplets captured by emerging Lady’s Mantle foliage.

Alchemilla mollis, commonly known as Lady's Mantle

Alchemilla mollis, commonly known as Lady’s Mantle

 

 

Crocus blooms, finally!

Though these opened at least a week later than last year, and about three weeks later than in 2013 and 2012, finally … we have crocus blooms!

If I had posted photos of these crocus flowers yesterday, you might have thought it an April Fool’s joke.

Crocus tommasinianus 'Ruby Giant'

Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’

No joke. They are real and really are in bloom. Crocus tommasinianus, aka ‘tommies’, are the only variety of crocus not devoured by the voles that frequent my gardens. If you have voles, these are the crocus to plant.

Crocus tommasinianus 'Barr's Purple' on the right, 'Ruby Giant' on the left

Crocus tommasinianus ‘Barr’s Purple’ on the right, ‘Ruby Giant’ on the left

Over most of my landscape snow still reigns; releasing its hold ever so slowly during day time temperatures in the 40’s and 50’s. But spring is popping in the warmer areas near the house and walkways. It could not be more welcome.

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April brings a better view

What a difference a day makes. April brings a better view.

Yesterday, the last day of March, my crocus held their buds closed in response to the coating of snow/sleet.

Today they opened up to the sun.

 

Spring crocus in a Connecticut garden

Spring crocus in a Connecticut garden

If you have vole problems try these Crocus tommasinianus ‘Ruby Giant’. This is the third spring they have bloomed with no sign of vole damage. Voles have either consumed or moved all the non-tommasinianus crocus varieties I’ve planted.

 

Crocus in bloom in Connecticut April 1, 2014

Crocus in bloom in Connecticut April 1, 2014

Happy Spring!

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