This is a frustrating time of year in my garden, cleaning up all the dank detritus I didn’t get around to last fall, watching the temperatures bounce between the 40s and the high 70s, and judging exactly when the tree pollen level goes from ‘moderately high’ to ‘off the charts’ by the state of my sinuses. But the handful of leftover 2-year-old ‘Tete a Tete’ mini-daffodil bulbs I hastily stuffed in the raised bed last Thanksgiving weekend are blooming bravely, as is the vinca, and all the other mostly cream-colored daffodils I’ve been ‘naturalizing’ since we bought this place 17 years ago.
This weekend, with any luck, I’ll be able to pick up a few six-paks of pansies at my favorite garden center, and some asparagus crowns for the raised bed that finally got tucked in one corner last fall. From what I’ve read, that spot is probably not quite sunny enough for best results, mostly because one hideously misshapen oak tree leans over it. I’m hoping that the new crowns can leaf up in advance of the tree… or that the latest winter-split branch dangling over the power lines will finally convince the city to prune it, if they won’t remove it from the public way altogether.
What’s it like in your garden right now?