Saturday, May 25, 2013

Spring color ...

This year, the flowering trees and bushes are just amazing!  The weather has been cool ... with a short stretch of very hot temps, and now back to cool temps again.  There were actually frost warnings last night, and now through Sunday night.  But it was so great to be able to work in the gardens this afternoon and not get hot!  I got tons done.

As I said, the flowering trees have been gorgeous this year!  I take this same photo every year ... LOL!  That's an old pear tree, next to my gazebo ... I took the rotting roof off the gazebo and there is a wisteria growing up the side of it.  I hope some day, the wisteria will cover the gazebo!  I didn't get many/any pears last year, nor do I remember the tree blooming this much ... we'll see what happens this year.

Here's a crabapple blooming along the driveway out front ... it's crooked because someone backed into it (?)!

This is the front of the house ... you can see the weeping Cercis (Weeping Redbud) in the front right ... the deer trimmed it a lot over the winter ... but it still looks great!  And another crabapple tot he left.

This is my variegated Tulip tree, behind the house ... it's just a gorgeous tree!

And across the pond ... more flowering crabapples ...

I love the "green" of this time of year ... when the heat hits this gorgeous emerald green quickly turns yellow and dull.
One of my favorite bushes, the bridal wreath spirea ... I have two of them, both given to me by friends.  This one in the front of the house came from one of my sisters friends ... it had gotten too big for their space ... it can get as large as it wants at my house!  Isn't it just stunning?

One of my Jack in the Pulpit ... I keep thinking I need more of these!  Very cool plants, perfect in my hosta garden.

And alliums ... they seem to be taking over my back gardens ... (note to self; dig up many of these bulbs this fall and share with friends!)

Another loved plant that I've been putting in my gardens annually for years, and this is the first time it came back!  The candelabra primrose ... I was SO happy that it came back this year, finally!

The clematis on the barn just burst into color.... unfortunately, the purple flower blends right in with the purple barn.  This spring I added a pink double clematis to the base of this purple one, and hope that the pink one interweaves the purple one ... we'll see how that works out.

I've found scapes on 2 daylilies so far ... that's REALLY early!  Obviously left over from last year ... my seeds from last year are growing though I don't have very good germination this year.  I might have to re-think growing them outside instead of starting them in the basement. 
Hope you all have a great Memorial Day weekend, and please do take time to think of all those men and women that serve or have served in our armed forces ...


Saturday, May 4, 2013

Spring has Sprung!

We're definitely in Spring weather right now ... 50's at night and 70's during the day ... we kind of skipped over the 60's ... maybe they'll come back for a while so we won't then go straight to the 80's!

The Hosta folks were here today at the hoop house, the WNY Hosta Society and the Buffalo Area Daylily Society (BADS) which I'm involved in, have their hoop house here where they store their potted plants.  The Hosta folk had their Spring sale this morning and I got 3 of the guys to put my pump out today.

I use the water from the pond to water my gardens, and they also use the water for their potted plants ... there are underground pipes running to the front of the house and the front gardens.  The pond was one of the reasons I bought this property, since I knew I would need the pond to water the gardens.

Two weeks ago, Regina (my garden helper) and I planted the bareroot trees I had purchased at Turnbull Garden Center in North Collins, NY ... they have a great selection of tress for reasonable prices ... the prices go way up once the trees are potted or burlapped.

The day we went to get the trees, it was a very breezy 40 degree days ... chilled us to the bone.  We decided to wait until the next day to actually plants as the weather was supposed to get better.  Here are the trees waiting to get planted:

The next day was much better, so we got to work!  This first one is an Autumn Blaze Maple that we planted on the outside of the donkeys pasture ... donkeys and horses will eat trees if they can, so this is the second one I've planted just out of their reach.  I did plant a willow in their pasture, and surrounded it with fencing so it would grow.

Regina has her sock-monkey hat on!  Here's another view of the maple and you can see the hoop house in the background ...

The next tree is a self-pollinating Chinese chestnut ... we took out a Katsura that didn't survive the early warmth and then bad frosts last spring.  Too bad, it was a really pretty tree .. but I don't have the patience for tender trees!

Next, we put in a Sunburst Honey Locust by the road, near the parking area by the daylily sale beds.  There used to be a row of pine trees that would give some shade, but they were in bad shape so I had them taken down last fall.  I plant Locusts by the daylily beds since their leaves are small and disintegrate easily. 

I've been adding more trees to the front pasture where the daylily sale beds are, as it gets way too hot in the summer ... some relief from the sun is welcome! 

The last tree is a Black Alder ... they were selling it for people who had wet areas and wanted something other than a willow ... the spot we planted it in, is wet when it's wet ... the hole filled up with water as we were digging ....

I also planted 2 bushes ... a Vanilla Strawberry Hydrangea and another witch hazel.

Here's a picture I like, the clouds opened for a second to let the light through ....

And another creature picture ... the dogs and I were walking around the pond one evening last week, when I heard a splash and looked to see what it was.  I didn't actually see anything so I continued walking and saw Rocky sniffing the tail of this ...

I yelled at him to get away and took them both back to the house and got my camera.  Snapping turtles are just so prehistoric looking!  It obviously had recently crawled out of it's winter mud home ... look at these claws!

I love how the willows show the first signs of life in the spring. This corkscrew willow was started from a twig by my Mom.  One of the arrangements at my Dad's memorial service had corkscrew willow branches in it, so Mom stuck one of them in water and it became this tree.  I've since done the same and there are 4 more on these around my farm.

Here are some daffodils that are in different gardens:

I have some huge clumps in the daylily gardens out front that I need to lift and separate ... adding that to the never-ending list!

Here is my Cleveland Pear blooming in the back pasture ... I love these trees, great shape to them!

 Here's my weeping Redbud in the front of the house ... the deer really trimmed the branches this past winter.  That's never happened before so I didn't protect it .... looks like I'll need to next winter.  the blooms are just so neat!

I've opened the barn for the summer, put the furniture on the deck, uncovered my awning for the season and am going to cook a hamburger on the grill for dinner!  So the weather has definitely changed and I'm looking forward to daylily bloom season ... can't wait to see what seedlings are waiting for me to discover this year.