I’m really enjoying my garden this year. In the past two years, since I seem to be feeling worse and worse due to Crohns, I wasn’t going out into the garden to do yard work or pruning etc until I really couldn’t put it off much longer. I’d buy annuals to plant in my many planters and let them sit for two weeks (or longer), until they were almost dead before I’d summon the energy needed to plant them.
The garden still looked good, because I put a lot of work into it over the years and many of the perennial plants are at least five years old and well established … but still … my illness had taken my passion for gardening from me.
I’m still sick, but this year somethings changed. Maybe it was the much warmer than normal March we had which caused the snow to melt early or just my longing for Spring, but as soon as I could I got out this year and started cleaning up the garden. Something sparked a fire in me.
Since I started tidying up the garden earlier this year there’s less work to do than there normally is at this time of year so I can actually enjoy watching my plants grow and flower instead of toiling away.
The few flowers that have bloomed so far have been gorgeous! The crocuses were vibrant in purple, yellow and white. The tiny yet beautiful Danfordia irises were a gorgeous deep royal purple and now the hyacinths are beginning to bloom in pink, dark blue and coral, oh and the scent that they are producing is beautiful as well. I just love the smell of hyacinths in the garden!
The hyacinths just started blooming on Friday, so unless it gets really hot I think they’ll last about two weeks. By then I’ll have other lovely flowers blooming too!
The glories of the snow are in bloom too .. I have several clumps of them in the front and back garden beds in white, blue and pink colors. They seems to last for about three weeks to a month depending upon the weather.
Do you garden? If you do, what plants or flowers are the stars of your yard right now?