It seems barely 10 days ago that the main attraction in my garden was the snow. After 10 days of 65 and 70 degree weather our spring is coming on strong. It is astonishing how quickly the plants are responding to the heat. The spring flowering annuals are putting on weight every day.
My magnolia stellata bloomed during that cold spell. I have had flowers for several weeks-this is a record. With day tiome temperatures in the 70’s, the flowers will drop. Spring flowering plants like spring weather. Spring flowering plants fade fast when the weather warms up too fast. The weather prediction is for warm weather for the next 30 days. And nights near 50. I am not sure I dare believe this prediction – spring weather in Michigan is known to be unpredictable. The transition from spring to summer is always rocky, in one way or another. I will reserve judgment for a few weeks, and concentrate on enjoying our spring while it lasts.
Buck’s horseradish plant is the most robust shade of green. He is delighted to see it growing so fast. I shudder to think how wide and tall this plant will be this summer. Some day it will need to be contained. But today, I marvel at its spring color and vigor. The garden is emerging from its long sleep.
The Passionale daffodils are the most beautiful they have ever been. An early cultivar of the so called pink daffodils, Passionale is a robust grower, and a heavy bloomer. I had enough flowers the past several weeks to cut a few bouquets.
The trees, the shrubs, the perennials and the bulbs are all speaking to spring at the same time. The warm weather is driving the spring at a very high speed. I suppose I have a traditional view of the seasons. Three months of winter, and then 3 months of spring. The sudden and very warm weather-will my garden go from winter to summer with but a few weeks of spring? Anything is possible, so despite a work schedule that is busy, I am trying to take the time to enjoy right now what we have of spring.
I have planted the garden around the pool with perennials four times in the past 11 years. Obviously, I have yet to figure out just the right perennial plant that will thrive here. The bare dirt was not for me. I planted the bed for spring. I am not ready for summer yet.