April 22, 2010

Out & About – Week 3 & Fertilizer Friday

It’s been a very odd spring here in New England.  Unseasonably warm and periods of heavy rain seem to have sent all things with roots into high gear.  The bloom schedule is way out of whack!  

As we say good bye to these….
WK 3 Tulip
We say hello to….
Flowering Almond is  so pretty.  I feel like this is a bit on the early side.
WK 3 Flowering ALmond

Leopard’s Bane is a true work horse in the garden.  It often blooms twice in the garden.  With this early start it may go for 3!
WK 3 Leopards Bane

Grapevines are budding!  I really need to get this wild thing under control.
WK 3 Grapevine

Coming around nicely………
WK 3 FoxgloveFoxglove

WK 3 Hydrangea 2

WK 3 Lupines Lupines

WK 3 Peony Peony

WK 3 Poppy
Oriental Poppy – one of my faves!

WK 3 PulmonariaPulmonaria

 WK 3 Lamium
Lamium & Sweet Woodruff

Catnip – is looking good!  For now!  Soon the kitties will be rolling in it with wreckless abandon like a hippy in the 60’s!  And acting just as funky!
WK 3 Catnip

My brugmansias arrived from Florida and were potted up yesterday.  Fingers are crossed!
WK 3 Brugs

Now these are the most unwelcome guests of all!  Japanese Beetles are very early and I was shocked to find them yesterday. 
WK 3 Japanes Beetles

 Nasty bugs doing nasty things.  It’s going to be a long summer with these guys!

Well that’s it for this week.  Can’t wait to see what’s going on in your neck of the woods.  Head on over to Fertilizer Friday at Tootsie’s blog.


Amanda said...

Love your photographs, and I'm jealous of your garden! Mind if I follow along?

Anonymous said...

I love flowering almond! I had one at our previous home and would force the branches- they are just so beautiful!

Hydrangeas are another of my loves though I was never successful at growing them in New Mexico. I am going to try to grow them here in Colorado but many people that I talk to say they don't do well here either- darn!

bee blessed

Maureen said...

Amanda - don't be jealous! One thing that I learned over the years of growing a garden actually the number one rule - patience is a virtue, if at first you don't succeed....well, you know. Thanks for following.

Mary Ellen - I inherited the flowering almond when I moved into my house so I cannot claim responsibility. It has done well though.

Hydrangeas....I would be shocked if you can't grow them in Colorado. I grew up in Canada and they did fabulously well and now here in New England too. I think it's all about real estate. Location! Location! Location! The single bud in my pics is in a spot that gets almost no sun and it's only a couple of years old. The other picture is in a location where it gets about 2 hours of mid-day sun. It's about 8 years old and it get pretty bid now. Last year the bloom went on for about 2 months. So pick you spot and feed it well. Above all else, lots of water!

Angel said...

Everything looks so wonderful!! Things DO seem to be moving along, I thought it was me, because everything seems to be about 2 weeks early around here!! Crazy!! Well I'm just glad it's Spring and no more Sn .... ( don't want to say it , you never know haha) Any way , all looks really great!! Have a great weekend !!

sewingseeds4U said...

Everything seems to be happening at once. I just love the anticipation of what's to come. What pretty pictures.

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Everything is sure growing great guns! Those darn nasty little buggers!

Anonymous said...

You have a lovely variety of healthy plants. Can't say I've seen those beetles in this part of the country. I know what you mean about the fingers crossed. I can't wait to see more as the season progresses.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

I like the Sw Woodruff and Lambium together; I think I'll do that. Everything else -- with the exception of those bugs -- looks really good. Your poppies are a little larger than mine are which makes sense seeing where you live versus where I live! Much cooler here!!! But the fact that my poppies are up and doing so well gives me hope that I'll see them bloom this summer; this is their third year in the ground.

Willow said...

Your plants look so wonderful. I love lupines, but I can never seem to grow them here. I have tried so many times.


noel said...


its raining today so seeing all the garden blooms are a nice thing to do with a hot cup of coffee.

spring is popping up everywhere in your garden today, thanks for sharing this today

Dirt Princess said...

Everything looked wonderful until I got to the beetles! UGH!!! We all have our little pests to deal with! A lot of beautiful blooms!

linda may said...

Wow ~!these plants are going to be wonderful as they come out into full flower. Keep showing them off for us.

Tootsie said...

everything is so tall compared to here! My grapevine is not showing any buds at all and I fear it is dead...we had a hard winter here so I am not surprised at all. I enjoyed all the photos...until the beetles!!! ewe!!
thanks for linking in...sorry it took so long for me to get back here to visit...I do hope you will join in again!

siteseer said...

Wow! Your things are growing GREAT!! I had to stop and see where you were from. Here in Michigan things are coming along, but we had a freeze last night. Still early. Also a few of the things in my yard were new last year and are taking a little more time getting going. My Magnolia tree has a few blossoms, but it was a few weeks after others in the community.... I think it's because it's still working real hard on establishing roots. Does that sound plausible?

Carla said...

What pretty growth!! Love new leaves, just love them:).

Corner Gardener Sue said...

I enjoyed your other Fertilizer Friday posts, too. Leopard's bane is one of my favorite spring blooms, but it doesn't always live very many seasons here, though.