|The cottage garden, bare compared to previous springs,|
is ready and waiting for blooms. April 27, 2013.
The cool temperatures, while delaying the blooms, provided the perfect weather for preparing the garden. I don't feel as rushed this year and gardening has been more enjoyable. It isn't ninety degrees already. Sixty and seventy degree weather could be worse as other parts of the country have been flooded and experienced late snows.
Looking at photos from 2006-2012, peak spring bloom in the cottage garden happened in the first week of April. Still waiting for blooms, but the plant foliage looks healthier and happier than ever.
The centaura varieties (in the photo below) were tiny new plants in 2012, and now, they're starting out huge! In a future post, I'll tell you more about centaurea gymnocarpa "Velvet Centaurea" as it blooms. It's one of my new favorites and hope it meets my expectations.
|Silver lace foliage of centaurea gymnocarpa in back.|
Green foliage of centaurea montana 'Amethyst in Snow' in front.
|The rose bed along the fence received a make-over.|
|Few Dutch Iris remain after vole damage from previous winters.|
The voles took a bite out of the cottage garden in the winter of 2011-2012. We added metal edging and used more gravel in areas surrounding the cottage garden. Doing so thwarted the varmints this winter, so I'm encouraged. I've made my wish list of bulbs and seeds to plant this fall for spring 2014.
While the blooms are sparse right now and we have another week of cool temperatures in the forecast, I'm envisioning a peak bloom like I've never seen before—when spring blooms merge with early summer blooms.
|Perennial blue flax is being encroached upon by pink phlox subulata.|
|Encore® Azaleas typically bloom around April 5, but waited until April 27.|
|Puppy look one day.|
|After her first professional spa day.|
No longer a little ragamuffin.
|Words and photos by Freda Cameron, Defining Your Home, Garden and Travel. Deer and rabbit resistance varies based upon the animal population and availability of food. All company or product or patented names mentioned are registered trademarks, copyrights, or patents owned by those respective companies or persons.|