I was getting worried about my reticula irises, but , several have opened....just a bit behind last year. They have been "dribbling in, over the last week, or so.....sunny, warm areas first, of course, but now even the "laggards" have opened.....these from yesterday:
It looks like the pumila will be open ...."maybe" today
You are supposed to be in a colder area I thought, maybe not. Definitely in a cooler microclimate at this house with nothing blooming at all, no buds even. The crocus blossomed weeks ago in a warm spell, but that's it. Another check of the beds will be done today with temps in the summer range. Have to check on weed elimination also.
Our Eyecatcher reticulata did make it this year, by Katharyn Hodkin & our single Harmony did. Have to get more of that one next fall. Spring Beacon & Wild Whispers are trying 7 it is 62 out at the moment, but back to the 30s & 40s over the weekend, The daffs in front of our stone wall would like to bloom.
The walkaround showed one daff bud and one tulip bud just starting. I find different zones for this particular area, 6 and 7 but probably 6a based on history of living here [seems too cold for many azaleas and rhodo's to get started well].
Did find an iris growing in the middle of the back yard; had been mowed all last summer of course, but had good roots. Dug it out of the sod and put it into a bed. Three years back the young terrier thought new rhizomes were good bones to play with and pulled several out and deposited them in the grass. This one got away for sure. Wonder what variety it is; hope I can find the records for then?
Got some short yellow daylilies [forgot the name I was given] to plant around the place; came from a garden about 500' from me and they are 1/2 the height of mine so maybe the shortness extends to the foliage as well. They will go in tom'w and enough to share with 2 daughters on the street.
Keep the pix coming when things pop; looking good.
Dave !! Isn't it strange how some things are earlier, here....and later, there...and vice versa ? The USDA says we are *now* in zone "5B"...we WERE in "5A".....and I don't remember moving ! The "zone map" , I feel, is really a small part of the bigger picture, as all it tracks is the coldest average temperature. I think, that "last frost free dates"," first frost dates", and number of frost free days , mean a lot more, !
I wonder if your daylilies are "Dwarf Stella D'Oro" ? We have some, and they are super , good "doers".
Flower Shower-SDB. I like the rich purple color. Thank you Arlyn
Man's Best Friend-IB. Very nice contrast in colors. Thank you Tom
While the iris came from others; any leaf streaks and weeds are all my own.
Beautiful day yesterday, Mrs Red and I took a nice walk in the morning. I got the yard mowed and trimmed after lunch. And I had time to plant geraniums, ferns and other planters for outside. Today is supposed to be warm again, but good chance of rain may keep us indoors. We get to watch our grandson for awhile today while mommy and daddy (both police officers) work a side job. If the rain holds off we may play outside for awhile.
This is my first year for blooms on Blessed Again. Hopefully it will rebloom; I'll remind it that it is used to. It is loaded with buds currently.
We ended up with all of our April showers in several downpours yesterday. The high winds pushed the patio table over. This morning I saw several people looking for patio chair cushions in neighbors yards. And we are back to 50s for the highs today.