Crazy Western New York weather – garden update

Since the last time that I posted, which was Easter Sunday, the weather here has been all over the place.

Day_before_Easter_yard_clean_up

The day before Easter gave us some lovely spring weather.  I cleaned up some leaves from in and around the iris sprouts.  Years ago, I had a borer problem that cost me a year without blooms, some sad looking plants and a whole lot of work.  Ever since then I am vigilant about allowing leaf “nests” for the pesky moths to lay their eggs in.  I clean around them well in the fall, but leaves always seem to blow in when I am not looking.

Granny's_bonnet_seedlings

I also checked on some columbine seeds that I had started last summer.  When they didn’t bloom, it occurred to me that maybe they needed to go through the winter freeze thaw cycle.  I didn’t bother googling it or anything because I also saved a ton of seeds and knew I could replant them.  See the little guy underneath the popsicle stick.

Granny's_bonnet_sprouts

I compared them to their parents for plant identification and to verify it was not too early for them to be coming up.  Success!  By the way, I found out these are also called Granny’s Bonnet.

Easter_day_patio_chair

Easter day was gorgeous!  It was a high of 70 degrees and felt more like summer.  I got some more yard work done, brought out my patio chair and one of my deck rail planting boxes.  I almost planted lettuce.  Mr. Midwood talked me down from that ledge.

April_fools_mulch

It cool off a bit more, as expected.  Mr. Midwood bought a ton of mulch and potting soil (so I could plant that lettuce sooner than later).  That was April Fool’s Day.

April_fools_mulch_snow

Then this happened. Snow.  In April.

April_snow_storm_patio_chair

Thankfully, snow does not stick around in April.  One morning I woke up to this.

April_snowstorm_daffodils

The sun came out. and by afternoon, we had this.

April_snow_storm_fast_melt

It has been a bit unseasonably chilly with a sprinkle of more fast melting snow since then.  this weekend is looking good though.  Fingers crossed.