This time last week we got four inches of wet snow, but today was shirtsleeve weather, so I pulled the sodden remnants of autumn’s oak-leaf mulch off the “display” raised bed in our south-facing front yard. Four of the six miniature roses have leaf buds, the daylily crowns are sending out green shoots, and the unstoppable Siberian iris fans are nearly a foot tall (no flower buds yet, though). Ripped out whole mounds of invasive catmint, but there’s still plenty for when the bumblees first emerge (I hope). The daffodils closest to the house, whose first flowers got crushed by the snow, don’t look like they’re coming back this year, but the ones by the chimney on the east side are starting to blossom. Best of all, it looks like the lilacs made it through okay — lots of fat pistachio-sized buds, some of them already showing miniscule developing purple florets. One reason I’ll never live below the Mason-Dixon line is that giving up lilacs would ruin Spring for me.
The nice weather almost made me wish I’d reserved this year’s tomato plants (36 varieties, mostly heirlooms, from 2 different sources) to arrive during the first half of May instead of the later weeks. (Of course, if I had, there’d be snow on Mother’s Day.) Since I couldn’t find any Isis Candy plants for sale, I bought a packet of seeds, and I’m going to try direct-seeding them in the sunniest planter and experimenting with the red plastic sheeting left over from last year.
Also thinking about getting a waist-high wheeled planter to grow mesclun. I have no faith in my ability to tell edible greens from the wide variety of ferociously invasive weeds here, but maybe elevation and the judicious use of row cover would help…
What’s your garden look like, right now?