Once spring starts you can’t stop it, but today’s snow makes the gardener and garden be patient. I think most plants should survive with no issues, though I wonder about the blossoms on the serviceberry, American plum tree and crabapple tree, and how that will affect fruiting.
Blossoms on American plum tree. The fragrance is wonderful and brings in little bees, red admiral butterflies, and probably lots of other tiny pollinators. These beautiful flowers make me more forgiving of the suckers the tree throws up in the lawn far and wide.
Pulling back to see the American plum tree. There used to be two plums and we cut one back, then we cut off branches on this one, too. It is a fast grower.
This is to remind me that snow fell on April 27th! We also had snow on April 13th.
Looking at the snow from the kitchen window I can see all the blossoms that have not yet opened on the crabapple tree and hope they will survive.
Not long ago the red crab apple leaves opened and they gradually turn bronze and green.
Crabapple earlier this week.
The kale, collard and lettuce made it fine through the snow on April 14th, so I am hoping that is the case this time. I held off on planting tomatoes yet… Notice how big the rhubarb is already!
I planted 5 rows of various types of lettuce and spinach on April 3rd and they are coming along well. I need to start thinning some of the lettuce.
We have had a month or so of various types of daffodils, starting with the mini daffodils.
Yesterday I was enjoying these white daffodils with the yellow trumpets. I planted various kinds quite a few years ago and they just keep multiplying.
Anemones are something I planted a while back that seem to be spreading a little too much. They are very cheerful next to the daffodils, though.
Fresh leaves on Viking black chokeberry bush
We got rid of one of our dying lilacs last year and I replaced it with a fothergilla bush, which really does not provide privacy., though it will get somewhat bigger. I put in some Miscanthus grass behind it which will provide some quick privacy this year. Yesterday’s project was weeding and mulching this area, since there are not many plants to cover the ground here yet.
Close up of fothergilla bush
I don’t like to use herbicides so I get “weeds” like this pretty violet in the lawn.
I have a lot of violets in the front lawn, that are pretty now, but I want to encourage the grass to grow, too. This year I am trying not to think too much about weeds in the lawn, since I know they are good for the insects and bugs, which are the foundation of life on our planet.
At the woods, at the end of the block, I found some cut-leaved toothwort blooming. It is at edge of the lot where no mowing is happening. Yay for spring wildflower diversity!