No question spring has arrived. With her came pine pollen, lots of pollen. There is a yellow everywhere. I always play this little game of predicting when the pollen arrives and when it leaves. Some years are worse than others. It really all depends on the rain; the pollen is still there of course, but a nice spring rain washes it away, if only for a moment. In 2007 it was solid pollen for 6 weeks as we hoped and prayed for rain.
I puttered some in Helen’s Haven, but it was more fun just to take photos of pretty flowers, particularly in the Herb Garden a.k.a. herb/host/rock garden.
The Herb Garden is the first to come alive in the spring, lasting for about 2 months. Spring brings Narcisis, species tulips, ajuga, iris. The rest of the year gives way to harvesting basil, thyme, rosemary, chives, oregano, fennel, parsley, and more. In the fall, the color returns with a selection of Salvias.
I still managed to have this little bit of fun:
- This harsh winter took the life of a Confederate Jasmine on the gazebo. I replaced it with 2 more.
- Thought about weeding the Herb Garden. Decided to take photos instead.
- While not weeding the Herb Garden, I saw I needed to thin out Tansy. Tansy anyone?
- Filled the bird feeders and added fresh water to the bird baths. Took the above photo before I filled it.
- Listened to the fountain run.
- Planted Hens and Chicks in the Sedum container pot.
- Tried to figure out where to plant Loropetalum ‘Purple Pixie’. It looks like I lost the prostrate rosemary in the Red Bed; its too soon to tell. It’s not unlikely for this rosemary to be hit by our typical winters, but this past winter will be the test of it zone. If it did, I may plant this new gem here instead of replacing it.
- Sneezed! Lots of pollen.
- kk, do you remember the name of the species Tulip? I looked in Scott Kunst’s Old House Gardens but didn’t see it. Do you have it Scott?
- By the way, Scott, I got my Dahlias. I will plant as soon as we are free of the last frost. April 15th is our 90% last frost free date. We always have a frost around that time. Next week will be close. Right now, predicting 34. I guess its Nature’s last hurrah until fall.
Post script: Photo taken on Monday morning.