|The sweet peas that I started last month are getting large. They have just been pinched back to two sets of leaves, in prep for being transplanted into the garden next weekend. ( I know - I may have over done the sweet pea thing!).|
Last night the temperatures dropped to 31 degrees F. which may be the last nip of frost for the next week here outside of Boston, so I have moved some containers back outside from the greenhouse to make room for my annual spring cleaning inside. We host a garden party the first week of May for the American Primrose Society, when they have their show near us at Tower Hill Botanic Garden, and I never seem to make enough time to clean the greenhouse during this horticulturally busy time of year - this year I hope to get the greenhouse looking spiffy. Today I was able to clean under two benches, stack some clay pots and sweep out half of the greenhouse. I filled a dumpster with junk, even though I try to not use plastic, it just seems to grow when you have a greenhouse. Empty bags of sand, old flats, potting soil bags, labels.... enough plastic to fill a landfill - it's disgusting.
|No...really, this is clean now! I just need to re-gravel the floor with pea stone. Not very exciting for a photo, but notice the neatly stacked clay pots under the cyclamen plunge bench in the back! Nnnnnniiicceee...|
The Dog's Tooth Violet, Erythronium dens-canis white ( I think, because E. albidum has yellow anthers, right?) blooms early in the ephemeral garden. Ironically, this part of the garden was essentially destroyed over the past two weeks by a puppy that we were fostering ( don't ask! - I lost hundreds of dollars worth of plants - but not the Dog's Tooth Violets....why is that? (Canis buddies sticking together, I guess.).
|Heirloom garlic grows quickly in the springtime, these were planted last October.|
|Viola 'Tiger Eye's in the alpine bed. I added a few to add to my 'Californian Coastal garden motif' Thank you Home Depot for getting a few of these mixed into to the regular yellow pansies!|