|Daffodils have been blooming for weeks now in Middle Tennessee|
The earliest blooms got felled by nights in the teens, but new flowers have taken their place
If you’re anything like me, you start looking forward to spring around, oh, January 2nd.
But it’s a long, cold slog from the dawn of the New Year until many plants starting showing signs of life here on the zone 6-7 border in Middle Tennessee. Trees like Crape Myrtle and Vitex may be able to handle our summer heat, but they can take until mid-April to start leafing out. And perennials like Hardy Hibiscus can hide below ground until at least that time.
Since this winter was particularly harsh, I was worried that Spring would come late. But a stretch of temperatures in the 50s and 60s has breathed new life into the garden.
(Note that the forecast over the next few days calls for a cold spell with lows in the lower-20s. I'll post updates of any damage. If I don't show damage, that means the plant seems to have emerged unscathed. No news equals good news in this case.)
|New leaves on Alleghany Viburnum. Actually, the leaves have looked this way for weeks now.|
It's my first spring with this plant, so I'm not sure if this is normal or when they'll unfurl.
|"Vera Jameson" Sedum|
|Salvia nemorosa (either May Night or Blue Hill, not sure which)|
|Red buds on a redbud tree|
|Phlox paniculata "Blue Boy"|
|Mock Orange, Philadelphus x virginalis "Natchez"|
|Hydrangea quercifolia, Oakleaf Hydrangea "Snowflake"|
|Maple tree flowers|
|Nigella damascena, Love in a Mist, self-sown seedling|
|Close up on the Lamb's Ear. |
Love the fuzzy foliage.
|Geranium x Cantabrigiense, Cambridge Geranium "Biokovo"|
|Juniperus virginiana "Grey Owl"|
(I cheated here a little. There are no flowers or new leaves to show here, but this new addition to the garden performed beautifully through the cold weather and deserves a moment in the spotlight.)
|Viola tricolor, Johnny Jump Up|
I had lots of these last year, but this is the only flower I've seen so far this year.
Hopefully more will soon appear.
|My neighbor's forsythia. All the forsythias in the neighborhood have burst into bloom in the past few days.|
As I've mentioned in other blog posts, I'm not a huge fan of daylilies for most of the year.
But I do love the exuberant fresh green foliage in early springtime!
|Clematis "Crystal Fountain"|
I'm trying to train this clematis to climb a crape myrtle, so far with limited success.
|Echinacea purpurea, Eastern Purple Coneflower|
I leave the seedheads standing over the winter both to feed the birds and to help the Coneflowers multiply.
This strategy seems to be working!
Several young camellias were severely damaged by our cold winter.
You can see that this established camellia suffered some foliage damage too.
Still, I'm impressed it did not drop its buds. They seem poised to bloom any day now.
|Sedum "Autumn Joy"|
|Alchemilla mollis, Lady's Mantle|
As with the Lamb's Ears, I'm experimenting with leaving the old foliage in the hopes it will decay and fertilize the plant.
|Aronia arbutifolia "Brilliantissima", Red Chokeberry|
|Ajuga genevensis, Geneva Ajuga|
|Agastache foeniculum, Anise Hyssop "Golden Jubilee"|
Love the coloration on these early leaves. Later, they'll turn bright gold.
|Close up on a bunch of tightly-packed cocoons on the old stems of the Golden Jubilee Agastache.|
I've no idea what species spun these cocoons, but perhaps I'll get to see if/when they hatch!
Anyone have any guesses?
So...how’s spring shaping up in your garden?