Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Early spring blooms

Of the two apple trees we planted last year, one is blooming these precious pale pink blooms (tons of them). The other looks weeks away from blooming, which may be a bit of a problem since they were supposed to be cross-pollinators! Hmm.... we'll see!
Pansies and violas are planted in late fall here and will live until late spring with zero care if planted where they can just collect rainwater and some sun.

I have two varieties of lorapetalum blooming, but only caught a photo of this one. They are so FUNKY! I love it. The other's blooms are a pale pink.

This has been a bad year for camellias here... poor blooms, late blooms. This 50-year-old 10+ foot tall shrub usually blooms from November through the end of January, but is just getting started this year. No idea why, though I'm quite relieved it's going to bloom now rather than never.

Daffodils, muscari, hyacinths and crocuses are popping up, and more daffs will bloom over the next couple of weeks.

There are white crocuses in bloom, too. Haven't seen any of the purple ones this year.

I write about them every year, and every year people say what awful trees they are.... Our house came with 3 HUGE bradford pears that are DECADES past their anticipated life span. Two of the three had already split, and one of those was taken down last year. This is the biggest of the remaining trees - isn't it ridiculous?? But it's beautiful in bloom, provides tons of shade and interest, and isn't in danger of falling on a house.... so I'm not taking it down anytime soon.

It even looks cool at night. The blooms are like big snowflakes.

I haven't done much gardening, but have lettuce ready to harvest and carrots still cookin' in the raised beds. Basil, a few tomato plants, zinnias and one eggplant started from seed have been moved to transitional pots. Planting sugar snap peas tomorrow.

Here's my excuse for being a worthless gardener - and the light of my life:

Clara will be 5 weeks old tomorrow!

On a totally unrelated note, I have two seed packets for lima beans bought last fall that I'm not going to use. If anyone wants them, let me know and I'll mail them to you (first to stake a claim will receive both packets).
Hope y'all are having a great gardening week :-)


Janet said...

What a sweetie pie Ginger. Gardens will be there, and if there are few veggies in the garden this year, so be it.
Our area's Bradford pears are blooming now as well. They do make a huge statement this time of year. Enjoy yours while it is still standing. Love the white blooms in the spring.

Lisa Blair said...

Loving all your spring blooms! I have a few myself that I need to post. I planted two camillas in the early fall this year, and they are just now blooming. I wondered what was up.

Clara is so adorable! Happy 5-weeks to her!

Darla said...

Ginger your garden is waking up beautifully. I personally love Bradford Pear Trees...I haven't forgotten your Hidden Ginger Girl! Clara is so cute, I can see why the garden is not first and foremost right now. Next year she will be playing in the soil right beside you.

Becca's Dirt said...

Congratulations Ginger to you and hubby. Well I'd say that's the best reason not to be out getting too tired. I'm so happy for you. You have some pretty stuff blooming there. I wonder if the draught last summer effected your camelias. Beautiful daffs. I love their shining faces. Have a good day hugging on that little one.

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Clara is just too cute! Love her babylegs (at least that's what they look like).
Your garden is way ahead of ours. I love the apple blossoms, so pretty. One day it'll be Clara helping you plant the sugar snaps, that's still my oldest daughter's favorite one to grow.

Susie said...

Hey Ginger, Baby Clara is so precious. Love those little leggings on her. So cute!

Shady Gardener said...

I'm waiting for some of those beautiful blossoms to appear in our yard. I don't have Bradford Pear, but a friend does. They really are beautiful.

Did you make the leggings for Baby Clara? She's a beautiful little girl!

Happy Spring!

Darla said...

HI Ginger,

Your Hidden Ginger roots should arrive today if the information from the post office is accurate...happy planting! Let me know when you receive them please.

Jennifer Tidwell said...

My camellia didn't bloom at all this year. I was so disappointed. It did beautifully the year before, but I think the extreme heat and drought we had last summer did a number on it.

Congrats on the baby!

Dave@TheHomeGarden said...

Clara is a cute one! As for the wasps I've seen wasp traps made from 2 liter bottles. They cut the top section off and tape it reversed back to the bottle. Then you put a bait in it like fruit juice on a cottonball. The wasps climb in and can't figure out how to get out. I haven't tried it yet but I need to. Wasps are invading my garden shed in numbers I'm not comfortable working around!

Jan@Thanks for today. said...

I love your blooms...but my favorite is sweet little Clara! Her leg warmers are precious;-)