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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Late spring beauty

Things around here are looking great.  There is so much late spring beauty to take in.  Now that the veggie garden is planted, it should fill in and look good soon.

My farmer has been coming by every couple of weeks.  Each time he plants a few more rows of corn for succession planting.  It looks so neat and tidy after a planting.  I can’t wait until the corn is about a foot tall, it is really a beautiful sight to see in the morning sun.

fresh-plowed-farm-field

The rhododendrons and azaleas are at their peak.  This fiery orange rhododendron is particularly spectacular.

firery_orange-rododendronMy favorites, the peonies are blooming along with the irises.

pink peonies bloomWe have only a few more weeks of spring.  The heat and dry weather this year make it  feel more like summer is already here.  What spring beauty have you been taking in?