All ye who are sweating in the sweltering summer heat of India, I have good news for you. Spring has arrived in my backyard, bringing with it temperatures in the 60s. Aren’t you feeling cooler already?
Judging by the various projectiles you are hurling at me, I realize it may not be such a good idea to mention temperatures.
So let’s talk flowers. The crocus bulbs I planted 2 years ago (and gave up on last year) finally decided to show up. This was completely unexpected, as not a single one of them had even put out shoots last year. No doubt they had a midwinter meeting under the mulch where they all decided to grow this year. The flowers seem to last only a few days, though, so I missed most of them. Here is one I did catch in full bloom:
The crocuses were an unexpected bonus, but there were more surprises. Do you remember last year’s tulips? I had not expected them to come up again this year, but they seem to have other ideas. They have all come out in full force, and have even started blooming. Other flowers too, you’ll notice, are blooming in my lawn – dandelions. I need to bring out the weed killer spray.
The tulips and crocuses are lovely surprises, but what about the daffodils I planted last year? I worried all through winter that my resident voles would have the bulbs for winter dinners. I was sure I’d see mini campfires at night and voles singing voleheartedly while they feasted.
But the voles have disappeared. No lawn circles this year, and no bulb feasts either, as far as I can see. Still, the daffodils are taking their time. It’s amazing how fast some of them have grown, while there are others which are just piercing the mulch.
Here’s one of the early blooms. As you can see from a look at the lower petal of this flower, the insects, at least are already in force.
So that’s the latest news from the Garden Update Dept. I will post more pictures of the backyard perennial bed later. And then there is the tomato forest that is overtaking the basement. I am sure I can soon start shooting documentaries for National Geographic and Discovery in my basement. Doubtless there are all kinds of animals hiding in that tomato forest.