This year I kept the faded tulip and calla lily pots from the spring with the express purpose of planting the bulbs outside once it was warm enough. I had placed the pots right outside in the front, next to my hibiscus, thinking that I could hardly forget that they’re there. Well I completely forgot all about them, the chipmunks dove right into both tulip pots, I know because they left the skins behind after digging up the bulbs, and today while I took pictures of my hibiscus, I discovered what looked like the start of a calla lily, quelle surprise!
The bloom I love is the one I bought and planted for my mother last year before she had her garden re-landscaped and it survived all of the turmoil. Witness its beauty, can you blame me for rooting for it and its defiance?
My mother deserves to be proud of her front yard, it looks healthy, luxuriant in its growth and still full of color; I’m fairly sure some shade of color has been maintained since the early days of spring; funny enough the springtime colors came from the remnants of the old garden, those bulbs did not want to go! lol
When we arrived at my mother’s, I was surprised at how many daffodils were in bloom and there are a few tulips poised to bloom later on as well. My surprise comes from the fact that last year, my mother hired a professional to landscape her front garden, he did a beautiful job, but part of the original concept was that there would no longer be spring time bulbs, it was supposed to be an orderly and manicured garden with the blooms appearing later on during the summer months.
As you can see from these pictures from last year, he did a gorgeous job, my only criticism was that he had not taken the time to go through the soil and weed through everything that was undesirable; simply turning the dirt over doesn’t really change the composition of the garden, the shoots won’t go away, they will simply sprout somewhere else in the form of SURPRISE!. As the sage idiom goes “nature always finds a way”
I know that I had posted picture of my crocuses a little while ago, but now the big boys have just emerged, the daffodils, the tulips and the hyacinths up here in Blandford. I am very happy to share my new pictures, this year I don’t seem have many, in terms of my daffodils. This fall I will dig them up and separate the bulbs and perhaps next year, I will be luckier with more blooms. I can only think that the huge chipmunk population in my yard is to blame for the near absence of tulips and hyacinths, this year. Last year I took the time to dig up and separate the tulips and hyacinth bulbs and the iris rhizomes, so I can only attribute very hungry chipmunks because I mulched as well before winter. I have said it before, gardening is never boring, there is always a development that crops up, could be good or it could be bad, but it is always different and therein lies the challenge which I like so much.