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Spring in the Garden

Spring Crocuses

Crocus blooms at Creekside

The first spring flowers in the garden are always most welcome. After a winter of sustained cold, snow and ice, we are all especially ready this year for warm weather and the sight of growing things. The spring blooming bulbs also seem to be over-ready for the first warm days. As soon as bitter cold ceased and before the seemingly unending snow had entirely melted the winter aconite, hellebores, and crocus came bursting out of the ground and began blooming.
The winter must have been hard for the wild animals too. The deer came right up to the office door to eat the dwarf spruces, which are not even something they usually like. Of course discovering what deer will eat is an on-going education that continues to change our gardens. Each growing season we edit out, or move to a less vulnerable location, the plants that we have newly discovered deer will eat and replace them with those that we have found to be more reliably unpalatable to our deer. The spruce will be replaced with some ornamental grasses, probably some clumps of feather reed grass. Besides being unpalatable to deer it gives a beautiful vertical accent and brings movement to the garden when breezes blow.
Yesterday I planted nasturtium seeds in window boxes in the greenhouse, imagining their lovely draping vines in May with orange, yellow and mahogany blooms. Today am looking forward to hiking up our Woodland Trail to see what has fallen during the winter that needs to be cleaned up. Perhaps I will even see the waxy white bloodroot emerging. Then we will clear debris from the perennial borders by the Farmhouse and prune the grapes, akebia and autumn clematis vines.
But I will take a few moments to just sit and enjoy the beauty of the sun shining through those translucent lavender crocus petals—they won’t be here for long.

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