April 2021 peonies from seed

I have many beautiful peonies. They were here when I bought the house. It was particularly lovely the first year because I had looked at the house in the winter and closed on it while it was still snow covered. Here is what they look like in all their glory. Or some of their glory.

A couple of years ago, I dug out some of the little seedlings from where they had started up in the lawn and transplanted them over by the mulberry tree. AND they look like they will bloom this year.

This year there were several healthy looking seedlings and I decided to dig some of them for transplanting. I hadn’t really thought about peonies coming up from seed.

On this one you can see the seed pod.

I’ve put two different clusters of seedlings in the garden. One cluster is between other clumps of peonies in the back. I’ve set out a new clump in the front. These I have put some wire fence around, mostly to keep the kitties from squashing them.

April 2021 more tulips opening

More of the tulips are opening. I think these frilly purple ones suffered from the recent snow flurries. They look a bit more twisted than I think they are meant to.

These yellow ones are opening quite nicely and seem none the worse for the weather wear.

The ones above are new this year and I don’t quite remember what I put in last fall. The ones below are definitely a peony tulip and I believe these turn different colors as they continue to bloom.

On Sunday afternoon I mowed the back; I had mowed the front the weekend before, but this is the first cutting of the back lawn. It looks decent right now. We’ll see how it looks later in the season.

Tiglet looks quite proud of himself here, marching across the lawn.
And since I couldn’t resist and bought a few plants at the greenhouse on Saturday, I have these lovelies on my table.

April 2021 after the snow; seedlings and herb bed

It wasn’t much of a snow and it didn’t sit on the ground long, but it made the tulips look sad for a while. I think it probably put an end to my apricot dreams. The hyacinth don’t seem to care at all.

The bleeding heart looks a bit withered and tired out by the snow. This plant comes out so early that it often has trouble; I also ought to have covered it and didn’t.

The seedlings in the house don’t care about the snow and they are coming on. Some are flowers, some veg, and some basil.

The herb bed outside looks terrible and abandoned, but in the midst of all of it there are lovely signs.

The tarragon is coming (above) and so is the mint (below). I hope to spend some time over the weekend cleaning up this bed.

The peonies and the hostas seem none the worse for having had a bit of snow.

April 2021 River picnic, pickles, and blue bells

Quick Sunday visit to see how the river is doing. It was nice and sunny but the breeze was chilly. On Monday morning, there are snow flurries, so Sunday seemed even better in hindsight.

I also opened a couple of pickles… kosher dill (that I cut into spears here) and the other is a thin sliced cucumber pickle with thin sliced ginger, pickled with cardamom and star anise. Yum. The kosher dills are too salty. But I will work harder next time to get the brine rinsed better.

These fields of blue bells (ok, not really a field, but a massive swath of a garden) are just up the street from my house. They are so lovely and the bees are loving them so much that I have to put a picture in here —but they are NOT in my garden.

April 2021 Hyacinths and tulips and a kitty tongue

There are several clumps of hyacinth, and doing well. Two of the happiest bunches are these –one by the front fence and one in this bed where I have a new stone (boulder).

By front fence.
By the boulder (except you can’t see it here….).
Here is the boulder in a picture from a few days ago.
These are the ones near the front fence.
These are the ones in the back. I am trying to figure out if they might be different varieties. I ordered them and planted them and I have no idea if I got different ones.
Also near the front fence are these tulips —“peony style tulips” –if they perform as they did last year, they put on quite a show, with a long run. Here, below, is one that looks like it could burst.
This is a flowering almond hedge/ bush a friend gave me (Prunus glandulosa ‘Rosea Plena’).
I don’t remember the kind of these frilly tulips, but I am glad to see they might do well this year. They didn’t do much last year. The red with variegated foliage really came on this year from last. So many more plants and so many more blooms. They must really like it here.
And to round things out, here is Claribel sticking out her tongue at all of us.

April 2021 Apricot blossoms, hyacinth, tulips, and a kitty

I have actual blooms. Things are blooming. It feels like we are well into spring here, and I am still nervous about another snow.

And the tulips and hyacinths are starting. These are the very early tulips, and they are shorter than the ones that come later.

These last little darlings are the ones left in the bowl by my neighbor. I think I’ve found a good spot for them. They are happy enough this year. Next year will be the real test.

And, not to disappoint, here is a happy kitty who drooled on the keyboard.

April 2021 Kitties and a note about Cup-and-Saucer Vine

The kitties have all been enjoying the weather; we have suddenly sprinted into spring. I still wonder about the possibilities for sudden fall back into chilly weather.

Here is Martin Frobisher, who decided he needed to stretch out on the mail. There were other available (empty) chairs.
Happy Sidney on the quilt outside. I had been lounging on it too.
Fluff looks slightly demonic here, but I’ve noticed she often does in pictures. She is noisy and demanding, but definitely not demonic.

This is a picture of Cousin from last summer; I’ve put it in here to maintain his dignity. The next picture of him is very funny but not very dignified. I had been petting him and with the static and all, his hairs are all slicked back in a very odd way.

Well. Yes. And he is sticking out his tongue and he is actually getting ready to bat at me with that upraised paw. And clearly he has been putting his nose in places it wasn’t wanted. There are two little scoundrals in the background too.

Garden Updates

I tore out the leftover detritus of the Cup-And-Saucer (vine?/ flower?) plant (Cobaea Scandens). AND I was very pleased to find a complete seed pod that rattles like it is full of seeds. I am especially happy about this find because somehow I didn’t save any seeds (or at least not that I’ve found), and I don’t seem to have the packet or the leftover from last year. Here is the flower on the plant from last summer.

I didn’t quite realize what it was going to try to do (as a climber) so I will be planting it in a quite different spot this year… if the seeds I found work. I will put them in some seed starter soil inside and see how that goes.