It’s a beautiful Saturday morning with clear skies and crisp, cool air (44 degrees F) after a thunderstorm moved through last evening. We’ve had several brief showers this past week, which has made it perfect for potting up plants for the local garden club’s plant sale later this month, and for setting out hardy plants. There’s so much going on in the gardens, but I’ve picked these SIX for this week: 1) the “Bright Gem” species tulips along the potager’s main path have been blooming brilliantly through snow, hail, rain and strong winds since April 14 but I can see that they are beginning to drop petals. I have learned that they come back strongly along the path that does not have the trellises, which are moved each year. This year the trellises are on the East/West path, so I didn’t plant any “Bright Gem” there this year because the trellises will support melons, cucumbers, etc. which need watering often. That’s the kiss of death for tulips, so many of them rot over the summer. I’m toying with the idea of lifting the ones in the trellis row, but waiting for the foliage to ripen and dry may delay planting too much. We’ll see…
2) I’m trying to do a better job of pairing/repeating colors. If the weather had been just a tad nicer, the last of the orange-ish tulips would have been echoing the color of the native American columbine, with its brick-red, orange, and yellow blooms. Looks like there’s some deadheading in my near future.
3) Once I decided not to plant “Bright Gem” tulips in the E/W border last fall, there were bulbs leftover, so they were planted in the Deck Garden, near the “Old Gold” irises to repeat that soft yellow hue. I’m happy with this pairing.
4. Purple allium bulbs were added to the Front Garden last fall, and I’ve been eager to see how they would pair with the purple irises. These iris are shorter than the tall bearded iris, and bloom a bit earlier, so I was hoping they’d bloom at the same time as the alliums. It worked!
5) The first “new crop” harvest of the year is always exciting as it brings something new to the menu other than the crops that have been overwinter, and thus appearing on the table on a regular basis.
6) and lastly, and not quite so worthy or celebration, the first tick of 2021…acquired while helping a fellow member of the garden club dig and pot up her plants.
That’s my SOS for this week. Happy Mothers’ Day to mothers across the globe. Hoping the Chinese rocket debris does not land in your garden, or mine, and that a good week of gardening lies ahead. For lots more SOS features, visit The Propagator, who dreamed up this idea and oversees it.