Spring is going like gangbusters here in Portland. After a cold and blah March, April has been strutting her stuff with clear skies and temperatures in the high 60s to low 70s (that’s around 20-22 for you Celsius folks).
With weather like that it’s time to get out in the garden (since I can’t go anywhere else). And what did I discover, but a monster lingering amongst the plants!!
–Finn, where have you been? You’ve been absent from the blog for a while.
–Well, you know, I’ve been um, busy.
–Busy? With what?
–With, you know, stuff.
–You’ve been napping, haven’t you?
–It’s called hibernation and it’s very restorative. Have I missed anything that past few months?
–Um, yeah, not too much….Anywayyyy, how about a photo shoot to celebrate the end of your Rip Van Winkle impression?
–YES!! (runs off on bumpy legs muttering something about having to “do” his hair and needing to look good for his fans)
Phew, that got me out of having to explain to him about the whole pandemic thing and the utter madness in the White House. But even better, it gets us out into the garden to show off what’s in bloom!
While Finn fixes his hair (even though he has none…really, I have no idea what he’s doing), let’s start off with the show stopper…these red tulips are popping up all across my backyard.
I’ve also been planting more veggies this year than normal. Most of them are still babies right now, but the tomatoes, beans, cantaloupe, cucumbers, sunflowers, and herbs are loving the extra dose of sunshine they’s been getting lately.
And I’ve got a crazy amount of kale that’s already doing great…or, it was until it got riddled with purple pests…Looks like he’s ready for photo time.
As for other food-giving plants, my espalier pear tree is going nuts with blooms this year…
And my cherry tree is already bursting with future cherries. If you’re wondering what that red stuff is, it’s netting. See, last year (the tree’s first year), I had a few cherries almost ripe for picking when the damn squirrels ate them all. This year, I’m mounting and early defense.
Not far from the cherry tree is a wallflower in which Finn thinks he’s camouflaged. I’ll break it to him later that he’s not going to be the next Where’s Waldo.
The hostas have been poking up all over the place. This one will have purple flowers sometime in the summer, but for now, Finn’s proving a good substitute…
While some plants are just getting started, others are fading, but I did manage to get one more snap of this hellebore before it finishes up its show…
But it’s hard to mourn the loss of those when not far away, the bleeding hearts are looking mighty nice, despite the photo-bombing monster.
Strolling around to the front yard, I just moved these primroses a month ago and they seem much happier in their new spot…
And then there’s these primroses who have been showing off their stuff for years…along with another creature who’s also known for being a bit of a show off…
Thanks for coming along with me and Finn on this garden stroll!! Now it’s your turn….what’s blooming in your garden? Any favorite plants for spring? Any squirrel problems?
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