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Signs of Life in the Garden

March 25th, 2010

This past week I’ve been spending the lovely warm days cleaning the thick mulch of leaves out of the perennials beds so the plants can emerge (I don’t clean out my flowerbeds in the fall, I wait until spring). I cut back all the dead foliage from the perennials and often discover the plants springing forth from the roots. I spread some rock and mineral dusts on the flowerbeds and work compost and some organic fertilizers (like kelp meal, fish meal, etc) around a few heavily blooming plants. This time of year it’s exciting to get out and work in the garden. Things are starting to emerge and promise a summer of lush green plants and colorful flowers.

The catmint is making promises of mounds of soft billowy purple flowers buzzing with bees and other pollinators lasting from early summer to late fall.

The daffodils promise sunny spring color that will be seen in the garden very soon!

The lenten rose is currently blooming in it’s demure way. Not showy and colorful, but so brightening up the shady spot in the garden.

The peonies are showing the promise flowers in all shapes, sizes and colors filling the garden in June.

I can’t name a favorite plant in the height of their summer glory, but I think my favorite plant to see emerging in the spring is the sedum. I don’t know what it is about how they come up, but they’re so interesting to me. The texture is fantastic, the waxiness of the little cabbage type buds are so lovely!

What’s your favorite thing to see coming up in the spring?

10 Comments to “Signs of Life in the Garden”
  1. Katiegirl on March 25, 2010 at 7:32 am

    I’m not sure if I have a favorite plant to see come up. I think they’re all my favorite because it’s nice to see signs of spring after winters like we’ve had this year!
    .-= Katiegirl´s last blog ..Spring Has Sprung! =-.

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  2. Helen on March 25, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Thanks for reminding me that I must put some fertiliser out on the borders this weekend.
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..Mystery plant =-.

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  3. Dave on March 25, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I would have trouble picking one favorite but I do like seeing the catmint. Any perennial that I can take cuttings from is exciting too. A little too early for that but that’s where my mind has been. Watching the hostas emerge is exciting too. I need to get a few of them divided.
    .-= Dave´s last blog ..The Patio Garden Blooming =-.

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    • Susy on March 25, 2010 at 10:06 am

      I love plants that can be propagated, saves me so much money. I’ve growing extra catmint plants every year. Pretty soon I’ll have tons of them in the garden.

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  4. Lynn on March 25, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Well, the first are the most exciting, and here those are snowdrops. Like you I love the sedum. They look so bold! I love seeing how different bulb foliage is from kind to kind–alliums tipped with red, daffs tipped with yellow hints of the bloom to come. Then there’s the “what’s that plant again” game as you watch leaves emerge and try to remember what you planted there…
    .-= Lynn´s last blog ..I feel the earth move =-.

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  5. pam on March 25, 2010 at 10:24 am

    I took some pictures almost identical to these yesterday!
    .-= pam´s last blog ..The Wife’s Tale by Lori Lansens =-.

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  7. Rhonda on March 25, 2010 at 11:31 am

    My favorite plants are peonies. They’re always so beautiful and old fashioned and they smell wonderful.

    I’ve got parsley coming up and it looks like my rosemary made it through the winter. I had no idea rosemary would do that. I feel like I’ve received a bonus! :-)

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    • Susy on March 26, 2010 at 12:32 pm

      Peonies are lovely and they come is so many colors, shapes and sizes!

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  8. Dan on March 26, 2010 at 12:11 am

    My favorite spring time plant is Pulsatilla, they are so fuzzy and cool. I also quite like Mertensia!
    .-= Dan´s last blog ..Pea Planting =-.

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