It doesn’t take much to get me excited in the garden. Seeing colour showing on the Crocuses above made my day. I decided to spend a few minutes pulling back mulch from the front garden. You see my front garden is planted with hundreds of spring bulbs. Guess what? They are all coming up. The front garden is heavily treed so it gets a huge amount of shade in the summer. Since the trees are leafless in early spring it makes it a wonderful area to plant spring bulbs.
I wanted to pull back the six-inch deep pile of leaves covering some of the smaller bulbs. After all, I do want to see them bloom. The Primula will be setting buds and getting ready to bloom. Above is a photo from last spring. The leaves of Primula are a bit ragged looking but warmer temperatures will fix that. I can’t wait for them to bloom.
The smaller bulbs like Crocuses and miniature Daffodils need the same uncovering. As I pulled away the mulch I could see the stems looking a bit yellow-green instead of dark green. Buds are forming on the Narcissus. They usually bloom next month so it looks like they are on time.
I have placed some of the leaves out for curbside pickup but most were moved into the center of the garden under large Rhododendrons. I am hoping they act as a mulch so the soil will stay cool and retain moisture over the summer months. Hubby says the leaves will dry up and blow away so we will have to figure something out. Right now we are not agreeing on how the garden should look. He loves the tidy look, me not so much. I know how valuable the leaves will be in the heat of summer.
Do I rake and bag the leaves off the flower garden and save them for later? It seems like double duty to me. If I don’t save them it will mean ordering new mulch and spending money that could go to other things, like new plants. Farmer Jim did mow most of the leaves that were on the grass but there are not enough to effectively cover our whole garden. Leaves that fell on the flower gardens last fall are still there. We have six large bags of shredded leaves to place on the gardens. They may end up on the gardens getting more sun such as the raised beds in the kitchen garden.
Last month I told you about my new growing experiment with winter sowing. I am excited to see germination of spinach, Chrysanthemum and Dianthus. You can read more about my winter sowing project here at Lets Sow Seeds in Winter. Its been 27 days since I planted the seeds. As temperatures have warmed the seeds have germinated. Each week as I finish a jug of milk I plant another one up. So far I have about ten milk jugs planted with cold tolerant crops.
Well its time for a walk in the garden. We are planning on moving all our raspberry canes and Irises. I am not sure where they will go yet so I have to do a bit more redesigning in the garden. We have more raspberry canes than we need so I may have to share some. We grow Tulameen raspberries and they are heavy producers. There is nothing better than fresh berries from the garden.
As for the Irises, it’s not really the time to dig and divide but they need to come up. They are one of my favourites flowers in the garden. Unfortunately they are next to the greenhouse and I now need the space for a potting bench or two.