The few days of warm that we had, I was outside pruning, looking and pulling weeds. Poppies have shown up. I even dug and transplanted California Poppy seedlings from the lawn. Not native here, California Poppies make themselves at home in my garden. Corn Poppies are a darker green than 'Breadseed' Poppies. I am seeing seedlings of all three kinds.
I'm seeing lots of weeds. Weeds are a way of determining whether your soil is fertile. The more lush the weeds, the richer the flower bed, lol. I pull every Bittercress I see. I pull as many chickweed as I can, but hot Spring sun will take them out. Florida Betony is a thorn in my side, requiring deep digging and soil sifting to get out all the fleshy white roots. I pull as many as I can for temporarily discouragement and smother them in places with cardboard. Hot sun will take them out too.
Tulips and Muscari are up. This is another of my 'Yes, I can grow these' projects. Puddles of Muscari are not rivers, but they will please me nonetheless.
I got started on the boxwoods. Again. There is no end to pruing boxwoods, yet I continue to stick cuttings along the edges of beds where a little hedge would be nice, knowing that if the cuttings and I live for a few more years, there will be even more pruning, and shaping in the meantime. My newest boxwood notion is to encourage some that are tending to grow in a column shape.
Bird''s Nest Fern, Purple Heart planted with
Persian Shield behind and a bonsai container of
Hyacinths with Sedum acre in the greenhouse.
Indoors I am making plans not only for Spring but for next fall too. Fall-planted bulbs include a jonquilla that I've intended to plant for years. I want hyacinths in Purple and peachy Pink. I think the giveaways for next winter may be Begonias. One of my favorite begonias is a seedling scooped off the
More time than necessary is spent here looking at Pinterest. I try to prune my boards so I don't have so many photos to skim through and to group them by projects so I can remember the projects I have in mind.
Alison and Outlaw Gardener are writing about and posting photos of the NW Garden Show. I can hardly wait for more. It's been more than 35 years since I visited the Pacific Northwest, but I think I left a little of my heart there.