Saturday, May 1, 2010

Seeds of Hope

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

The other day we had 2/10s of an inch of snow.  It kind of shocked everyone because we had no snow for the entire month of March--and most of april, too. And, hey, this is Western New York we're talking about.  The trees are at least two weeks ahead of schedule, and many people were jumping the gun, preparing their gardens for colorful annuals.

Mother nature Mother Nature played a trick on us.  She gave us a few 80 degree days, lots of sunshine, and buckets of hope.

But the calendar doesn't lie.  Around here, it's just not smart to plant delicate flowers until at least mid-may--and, thanks to weather records of a couple hundred years, it not unheard of for there to be a killing frost in late May.

But I'm hopeful.  I've got snow peas in the ground (and doing well, thank you--although I'm terrified  Mr. Bunny and Mr. Groundhog may visit), and I've started leeks (Oooh--I planning homemade leek and potato soup some time in the future.  Now all I have to worry about is the seedlings tamping off.  It's happened to me before, but I'm not giving up.)  My perennials are going full tilt.  The clamatis we didn't think had survived the winter, is going by leaps and bounds.  The rose bushes (both of them) are bushing out.  I've got the beginnings of daisies, cone flowers and black-eyed Susans sprouting, and what seems like millions of hostas, in places I didn't put them.

Spring has most certainly sprung.  What have you got growing in your garden?