A Little More Springlike – May 28

I posted two weeks ago about our crazy, chilly spring. With less than a month remaining before summer officially begins, I can say that progress has finally been made. We hit 62F degrees (17C) in the past week! My contribution to the weekly meme of Six on Saturday over at The Propagator’s blog are six areas of the gardens that have most definitely awakened. No peonies or lupines yet, and even lilacs are struggling to open here, but there is progress.

ONE – The orchard is in bloom at last. It started with the cherry trees, progressed to the pear, peach, and plums, and now the apples have their turn. This orchard area holds 11 trees, including two dwarfs in pots.

TWO – Right next to the orchard, separated by a long row of raspberries, the vegetable garden approaches capacity. All that remains to be planted are the heat lovers — the summer squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, and green beans. It’s still too chilly for them. I have worked diligently to fill the eighteen raised beds. Peas are already producing on one trellis, and the other is reserved for pole beans. I had seeded so many onions that after filling two beds with transplants, I chose to give up a raised bed in my cut flower area for more onions. We eat plenty of onions. 😉

THREE – On to some particularly pretty garden scenes. I’ve shown this pigsqueak Bergenia cordifolia before, and am eager for the irises behind it to bloom soon.

FOUR – Along a fence in deep shade, this long line of Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack of Diamonds’ creates a lovely blue cloud.

FIVE – My rose garden is beginning to awaken, but barely. The lush chartreuse mounds of Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ are an appealing sight with the fresh rose growth.

SIX – We’ll finish up and exit out the front door, where the ‘President Roosevelt’ rhododendron is doing his glorious thing.

25 thoughts on “A Little More Springlike – May 28

    • Our season usually lasts until mid-November, and we grow a wide variety . We even grow early Yellow Transparents, harvested in August, mainly for sauce. My newest varieties are Gravenstein and Cosmic Crisp (CC trees only sold in WA State, I believe).


  1. Like the rest of the gang, I am impressed with your beautiful fruit trees and well ordered veg. What made me smile was “pigsqueak”, I’ve never heard it called that before! I wonder why it is called that? Lovely swathe of brunnera, makes a great show.


  2. Your veg garden is sooo impressive, and the fruit trees delightful in their lacy spring dresses. The Brunnera is a show too. I planted one, but it gave up the ghost in the hot summer, even though I thought I’d found a shady place for it.


  3. What a beautiful, stunning (and any other appropriate superlatives) garden you have. You clearly work very hard and it shows. The orchard is so pretty too. I must go and get working on my little plot. It has been a good gardening week with rain at night and bright sunny days here.


    • Lovely to see you here, Anne. Hard to believe it’s been almost a decade since we were together. Sweden is more northerly than we are here, but our spring has been incredibly chilly, thus the delay. XOX


    • So many deer here — but over two of our acres are fully protected with tall fencing and shrubbery. It’s the only way one can garden here amongst the forest creatures… They freely roam the wild/native acres and occasionally nibble by the front entrance, thus we don’t focus too much on plants out front.


  4. It’s lovely to see your orchard in full bloom, especially now ours are over. Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack of Diamonds’ used as edging is an inspiration, much more effective than the individual plant I’ve got that gets lost in the border!

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