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?

11 comments:

Whalehugger said...

I'm not a gardener, I'm afraid. In fact, I'm rather fatal to plants. However the homemade potato and leek soup sounds awesome!!

Andrea C. said...

Sadly just a lot of weeds. I wish I loved to garden, but I hate it soo much. I live off the generous fruits and veggies of neighbors and friends! So, about those leeks Lorna.....LOL! :)

Helen Kiker said...

More weeds than flowers here too - the redbud has finished blooming but I do have some iris buds showing.

Helen Kiker

signlady217 said...

I don't like to garden (too much daily maintainance), and somehow I usually manage to kill off houseplants. My husband takes care of the yard and landscaping, so I'm off the hook there. I think maybe once I retire, though, I would like to try my hand ot raising things like African violets, bonsai trees, and roses. My maternal grandmother didn't just have a green thumb, she had ten green fingers, so I keep hoping that latent talent is in me somewhere!

Vicki said...

We don't have a veggie garden yet...we're hoping to someday, but we have other yard issues to take care of first. We planted some flowers out front, though, which is huge for me...once planted, I usually forget to take care of them (so sad, I know).

Lover of Books said...

I would love to have a garden but not now. Living in a two bedroom apartment stinks to some point. Oh, well some day. :)

Shannon said...

Snapdragons, petunias, shasta daisies, gerber daisies, peonies (yay!, finally!),purple pincushions, stock, and several perennials I can't remember what they are called. Several herbs are doing great...and I have a few pitiful tomato plants. I am trying a new location for the tomatos and peppers this year....not sure it was a good move yet. I love to garden, just wish I had more time take care of everything. Once you get everything watered, who has time to weed, too?

Lindy said...

My husband is the gardener, and he has planted too many things to list. I get a little dismayed when I think of all the produce that will land on my kitchen counter for me to do something with it. I believe in preserving food and donating what we can't use, but whew! it is such big job when one is married to a compulisve planter!

Valerie Consoer said...

The last two years, I was enthusiastically planting things that I knew wouldn't need much maintenance. Thinking ahead has done a lot of good for me so far. My coneflowers are sprouting, tulips have already bloomed and fallen off :(, peonies are finally coming up and acting as though they may bloom this year, hostas are humongous (possibly needing split this year), and our lilac bushes are alive and thriving on the sunshine. I really want to plant my moonplant seeds to see what they may do. Another thing on my gardening wish list is a weeping cherry tree. The birthday fairy usually brings me something new to plant, so I'm hoping the fairy brings me a weeping cherry tree. I'm crossing my fingers!

Jan said...

My tomatoes are growing like weeds and so is my 1 lonely pepper plant. But then I have the advantage of being in Phoenix, AZ and they were planted in March. Sorry :)

Jan said...

I did start cilantro in the house, but one of my insane cats ate the sprouts. I don't need to tell you how that turned out.