I missed sharing early spring garden photos so will try and catch you up with some photos from around my gardens. During my down time in the early spring when it was still cool, I spent a lot of enjoyable time outdoors raking the endless crop of oak leaves from last fall and winter. It was difficult to get them earlier because of the snow coverings that came and went from a challenging winter in these parts. It was very cold, and I had a lot of damage in the gardens. I was not alone, as many throughout the country reported damage and loss of perennials and shrubs. Particularly hard hit here were hydrangeas, camellias, azaleas, and perennial flowers. It wasn’t that we had tons of snow-they can survive that, it was the up and down temps, especially in the early spring when a late spring cold snap and snow conveyed the final blow after everything was past the protected bud stage. That said, gardening is about hope, so you prune back, or dig em up and replant. I did a lot of both. Annuals got put in the ground much later because of the weather, and then the sustained heat came quickly and pretty much stayed, so many have struggled where they would normally thrive. And yet was a surprise that some things thrived! Oriental lilies, that look so fragile were nothing short of magnificent this year, as are the day lilies, blooming now. Some hostas died as a result of the very late freeze the weather, but the later bloomers are doing well.
I lost about a dozen azaleas, pruned hard after blooming another dozen, and left well enough alone the rest that were later bloomers, in a more protected garden, and suffered little damage except to their flowers.
Well, there you have it. The gardens are blooming like crazy now, and I look forward to sharing photos so you can see what a difference a few week makes. Happy Sunday, and thanks for reading. Laters, charisse