I’m not surprised that time got away from me this month. I feel like I’m one-half kid-entertainer (it’s spring break, so we’re filling the time with bicycling, canoeing and numerous play-dates), one-half chicken farmer (we added 10 new chicks last week), and one-half propagation expert (OK, amateur). Did I mention the half that is ripping up all of the carpet in the bedrooms and re-flooring all of the rooms? Oh, and what about the half that is business-plan developer and author?
I’m delighted that mid-April finds us completely pulled through the winter dismals. The hundreds of bulbs I planted (late, in January instead of October, eeps) came up, with the confused tulips co-mingling with the narcissus. I am sure they are early because they were not planted deeply enough. With the incessant flooding this winter, I’m surprised that they didn’t just totally rot. The bulbs, however, are my big success of spring, and I look forward to planning a succession of blooms, planning and propagating their companion plants, and cornering the local bulb-market next fall.
So, for my flower photo, enjoy an Orange Grocery-Store Parrot tulip, paired with the acid green of Heuchera ‘Lime Marmelade’.
As for foliage, the new growth on my Acers is stunning. From the small unnamed red-stemmed Acer in a pot (a seedling from the large tree in the back yard), the new ruddy growth on ‘Cousin It’ (a.k.a Acer palmatum var. dissectum ‘Purpurea‘), and the crinkly treasured Acer ‘Shishigashira’, the maples are one of my favorite signs of spring.