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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Fickle Spring

Ah spring. The birds are chirping, the crocus are blooming and the days are getting longer. My itchy gardening fingers can't wait to get out into the garden. There are plants to relocate, shrubs to prune and beds to clean up. The weather here on Long Island this month started off lovely and warm!

The Snowdrops (Galanthus) and Witch Hazel (Hamamelis) were blooming: 


Splashes of purple appeared around the yard - Crocus and Iris (Iris reticulata) were enjoying the sunshine!


And then it happened.
Spring decided it didn't want to continue just yet and allowed Winter to return for a few more weeks. And with that, these blooming spring beauties were covered in snow, mid-March. Here's what my daffodils and hellebores looked like:




As upsetting as this was, there was not much I could do.  I am unable to control the weather. I can only change my attitude toward it.  And I also know that Spring WILL come and I'll be amazed by so many of my plants resiliency. A fickle spring indeed...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

A Found Plant - Guess the color!

A few years ago we moved to this house. The property was very overgrown with random plants in random places. 

I found sun loving plants growing in the shade, like this daylily below, which I soon transplanted to a more suitable spot. 


Now, for the past few years I've watched this plant thrive but never once has it bloomed - let alone send up a bud. 

But yesterday I saw two flower buds appear above the foliage. So the question is...what color will the flowers be? Orange? Yellow? Red?

What color do you think? Leave a comment below and in a few days I'll let you know!