After a cold, wet spring, we were blessed with a gloriously perfect day last Saturday. Sunshine. Blue skies. Warmer temps. A super day for volunteers who turned out with shovels and bags of compost to plant a dozen woody shrubs in a new community ornamental garden. Red twig dogwood, hydrangea, rhododendron, viburnum and more are forming the bones of a new public native plant garden with a generous grant from the Exeter Area Garden Club. Not just for the public’s enjoyment, our goal is to attract pollinators and wildlife to the garden.
Following that glorious solo spring day, we have been plunged back into cold, wet weather. Mother’s Day was brisk yet warm with flowers, good wishes, phone calls, and a lovely brunch.
What plants seem to be happy in this weather?
Parsley is enjoying the cold. The ferns are
twice as large as they usually are.
Hostas are reaching for
Epimedium seems thrilled…
Rhododendron is unfazed…
Pansies are in their glory….
What seems to be struggling or slow to adapt?
The iris! They will eventually
bloom but I see signs
of fungus on
Tulips are fine but rarely open on these cold overcast days.
Azalea blossoms are uncooperative…
Crabapple blooms are struggling to open…
‘Carol Mackie’ daphne should bloom in May,
but this year it will be late.
What to do when the calendar
says spring but the weather
As long as there are no s-words… snow, sleet, or slush, nothing stops the people of New England if they have a good supply of fleecewear, wool socks, muck boots, and a rain hat. Gardening in the rain is still gardening.