Wednesday, April 28, 2021

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 Plants continue to grow (and some to bloom) as our garden unfolds for 2021.  And Mrs. F.G. continues to prepare the garden for all the things she's going to plant over the coming weeks.  If we just got some more actually warm weather I could get out and enjoy it more. 

Mrs.F.G. is quietly expanding the garden in three small patches, the largest right outside the window.  It's under those leaves.

Our garden helper took off the sod here, and then dug it up a week later,  Mrs. F.G. then spread both fertilizer and manure, mixed it in, and spread decaying leaves on top.  I think it's ready for planting.

She is also preparing our big planters for use, here mixing in the triple mix on top.

Out in the front scree garden the Yellow Iris is in bloom.

The White Bleeding Heart is about to bloom too.

And this is a really unusual plant to me, one that I think of as the stinky flower!  It's a Fritillaria standing 2-3 feet tall, with a ring of orange blossoms hanging down.  I have a great picture of it snow-covered at our last place a few years back.  And it really is stinky!  There are numerous different species, and the colours range from white through yellow and orange to red to dark purple.  It's a neat flower!

Our Magnolia is looking really good this morning under dark grey skies after overnight rain (and more is forecast all day long) - the garden needs it),


18 comments:

  1. Parts of your garden are way ahead of ours down here! Must be warm microclimates.

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  2. Fritillaria, I thought they were notoriously hard to grow, the bulbs are so fragile down here. Love the leaf mulch and your heron has survived another winter under the snow.

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  3. We are in the midst of April and almost May here. Warm and Spring-like. My gardens are doing well.
    So surgery over--stitches out yesterday----all looks well. Thank you for your kind words.
    I remember reading about all you went through. While recovery is not always fun it is recovery after all.
    Warm wishes to you and Mrs. F.G. also
    MB

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  4. The garden needs rain though the people prefer not to have so much of it. We have a fine day coming tomorrow. Hope you have one soon, FG.

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  5. Looks like a good start to your garden. Things are sure to grow with getting the soil just right. That's my problem, I don't prepare the soil right!

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  6. Those yellow iris are really nice -- it's good you married a lady with a green thumb.

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  7. I'll be following with interest all the planting of flowers and shrubs. Some of the perennials don't seem to like our climate and so I am open for some changes and suggestions. So far your garden looks beautiful!

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  8. Hooray for rain! Could you send a bit our way when you're done with it? We did have a bit of moisture this morning in the form of big fat snowflakes but it melted as it hit the ground. The shower lasted less than 15 minutes it didn't provide much moisture.

    The Fritillaria is an interesting plant - of course I had to look it up. The irises are beautiful.
    I hope the weather improves and you are able to get outdoors and enjoy it!

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  9. We're getting much the same weather.

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  10. I'm just amazed at how far ahead your growth is to ours. We are at least two weeks behind your area. We've had heavy rain since about midnight last night. Everything seems a lot greener today.

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  11. The yellow Iris is gorgeous and blooming so early!
    I've tried to grow Fritillaria and had no success at all.
    Hopefully you ( and we) get some nice warm sunshine soon.

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  12. You have quite a diversity of flowers there. You must get a lot more sunshine at your place than we do here under the shady pine trees.

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  13. We have had the coldest April on record, and the dryest spring since 1980. But that’s not stopped all the cherries and crab apples flowering as beautifully as ever. Mrs FG’s irises are looking great!

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  14. I can sense Mrs. F.G.'s anxiety to get into the garden to plant. We get a warm day or two but then the rains keep us inside. We need a good stretch of warmth but the earth should be good and ready in a week or two for real planting.
    Fritillaria is a neat looking plant. Does the 'stink' keep mosquitoes at bay? Lovely yellow irises too, mine grow tall rather than short like yours. Stay well!

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  15. Your Mrs seems to be quite industrious and a good gardener.

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  16. I saw those strange stinky flowers mixed in with the tulips at the Skagit Valley Festival a few weeks ago. They are truly odd looking flowers!

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  17. Oooh, I should check our magnolia! Thanks for the reminder.

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