April 9, 2008

The ‘sweetest of springs’, continued

Posted in blogging, photography tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 10:26 am by czygyny


I’ve been wonderfully busy with my garden these last few day. The rock borders have to be pulled out and reset, thanks to the phalanx of gophers and moles that invade my borders. This year I sprinkled ‘Mole-Max’ underneath the rocks as placed them, and poison bait at intervals for gophers. The bait is the most effective means I have found for control of gophers in the yard, but the most hazardous, so I use it with caution.

I’ve been out and about with my camera, as you can see, here are a few images to share:

Below is another miniature dwarf bearded iris. It has the yummy appearance of lemon meringue pie!


Wood hyacinths with a phlox background.


Striking red tulips


Apple blossoms


The sky-blue MDBI in my rock garden


My ‘bonus’ bulbs, Narcissus ‘Erlicheer’ from a Breck’s double daffodil collection.


The sturdy and striking Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’ . These flowers almost qualify for my ‘Thug Garden’, the penal colony for aggressive and overpowering plants. I pull up a lot of these every year, but I leave some where they are, since they go well with my Dianthus pinks (seen in the background) that grow nearby.


And, last but not least, my favorite little ceramic lamb amongst golden Sedum. She is a flea market find. The kids laughed and called her ugly, but I think she looks quite happy in her little patch of plants.



It is another fine day for working outside, I hope to finish up the area down the driveway, and then it is just one more strip to weed and my front yard is done!

Then I need to get started on my veggie garden, because I have been invited to write a column about growing edible plants for Doni’s website! That will mean that my veggie garden will have to be every bit as tidy and eye catching as my yard! It is still too cold to plant, it was 30° this morning, but it won’t be long. We have already purchased some of the tomato and pepper plants. Time to bring out the seed boxes, too. I have lots of seeds, with more on order.

Happy growing!





  1. leafless said,

    All the flowers are beautiful, especially the tulips. I have tried to grow some tulips, but have not succeeded yet. The weather here isn’t cooperating.

  2. czygyny said,

    Thanks, I am pleased to share them with you!
    Oddly enough, those tulips are from one of those ‘gift’ pots you buy at the supermarket, meant to enjoy and then discard.
    Instead of tossing them away, I planted them in my yard at my other house, then moved them along with the bazillion other plants when I moved out here, and they’ve been blooming ever since, 9 or 10 years later. They don’t multiply very fast, but their fire-engine red presence is always welcome this time of year.
    Tulips like some winter chilling, so maybe if you refrigerate them for a month of two, before planting, they might cooperate.

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