Plant of the day: Columbine

Aquilegia Canadensis

mobot: Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Wide range of soil tolerance as long as drainage is good. Prefers rich, moist soils in light to moderate shade. Freely self-seeds and will naturalize to form large colonies in optimum growing conditions. Remove flowering stems after bloom to encourage additional bloom. Keep soils uniformly moist after bloom to prolong attractive foliage appearance. When foliage depreciates, plants may be cut to the ground. planted May 2017




April discovery

Cleaned up pots near garage and trimmed aromatic asters and ironweeds. Discovered strong skunk smell in the shed when I opened the door to get the compost pitchfork. There’s a hole in the floor of the shed. greeat. We’ve known they were under the shed but we didn’t mind very much. It is probably time to replace the shed.

Really too chilly for any lengthy time outside. Want to clean up hellebores I planted a year ago and are back for the first time, but it’s damp and cloudy. Virginia bluebells are poking up here and there. Crocuses and daffs and tulips too, but nothing is close to blooming. A few one-off springlike days so far and no big warm up in the near future.

Trimmed the hellebores! and they are both looking fine. took pics but they aren’t much.

first foray

into the garden today for the first gardening task of the season which is usually hard pruning the clematis (jackmanii) on the arbor. Bulbs (crocus, daffs, tulips) are poking up and trees are budding. Surprised that the birdies (robins) are back so early because it doesn’t seem like the ground is warm enough for them to get worms out. I guess they know what they’re doing.