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.

March 2021 Saturday garden buds, green shoots, seed pods, and a cat

I have been poking around a bit in the garden, cleaning out piles of black walnuts and leaves, but not moving too much of anything because of the very real likelihood of another snowstorm. And yet…. the plants are not waiting. The hyacinth are coming.

There are some amazing leftover Love-In-a-Mist seed pods (Nigella) left over from the fall, in various stages.

And I think these are the yellow primroses coming back –evening primroses. If these are the ones I am thinking, they are: Oenothera macrocarpa. I might be wrong. I have a hard time with my evening primroses because I weed out about half of them every spring accidentally. They don’t quite look like themselves when they are sprouting. I believe these are the yellow ones –but I also have pink ones in this bed: Showy Pink Evening Primroses.

The tulips and irises are not waiting around. They were tucked in under a lot of straw, and since the winter was relatively mild I think they are especially glad to get out.

Several other plants are also showing up.

Minnie found some catnip… so that was exciting.

March 2021 Garden Stirrings and Growth

The tulips are definitely moving along.

And the hyacinths are also moving.

The yarrow is looking very fern-like.

The chives are moving along.

Strawberries are starting to send some runners and wake up leaves.
This will be a forest of Bachelor’s Buttons unless I thin them.
The oregano and parsley both have made it through; below is the sorrel returning.
The rose awakening.
Silly kitty being very happy about rolling around on her back.
And here is a surprise bowl of sprouting plants that I found when I went out to collect my laundry from the line. A lovely neighbor left them for me.

March 2021 River and Seed Pods (and one cat picture)

The lovely shift to spring weather has coincided with the calendar this year. I don’t quite trust this warmth, and I imagine there will be another snow, probably in April. Last year the late frost was 16 May. But, enough of those gloomy thoughts. Here are some photos from a walk near the big river. These were taken on 20 March. So beautiful. A bit windy, which accounts for some of the blowing sand you can see in some of the pictures. I was also trying to show some of the standing stalks with their amazing seed pods still in place. And I finish off with a picture of a cat, because it is always helpful to see a picture of Tiglet. He is lounging in a box of straw in the barn.

March 2021 Snow, Snuggly Cats, and one Bloom

Despite having had several lovely days with kitties reveling in the warm weather, it turned snowy again in true South Dakota March fashion. Here is Tiglet being happy in the warmer weather last week.

And Minnie, cute as ever.
These are all good responses to the snow….

A friend brought me this lovely, small beauty. I have it in an egg cup (to give a sense of scale here).