When I got back from my vacation last weekend, the weather in Michigan was unbelievably warm. Unseasonably warm. Unnaturally warm. (Of course, things have righted themselves by now -- and it is back to near-freezing!) I couldn't wait to get out in my garden and see what was popping up.
I saw the usual suspects for very early April:
Daffodils. . .
Lenten rose. . .
May flower. . .
Forsythia. . .
and lawn violets (some people would call these "weeds", but not me!).
But I also found a lot going on that's . . . well,
Unbelievable. . .
Hosta crowns? In early April?
Unseasonable. . .
My pear tree is about to bloom? You must be kidding!
Unnatural. . .
My clematis --- thinks it's MAY!
So. It's spring. Crazy spring. Fickle spring. Now, not only can I worry about the inevitable frosts and snow still to come. . . but I can also stress because I'm already way behind in my gardening!!! It's Crazy-Time when you're a gardener!
Bright gardening notes:
#1 -- Last fall I purchased a rock-bottom-price, clearance-table blackberry bush. But I didn't know what to do with it. So, I went into denial, and just left it in the middle of my new garden bed. Unplanted. I felt guilty all winter long whenever I looked out my kitchen window. Because there it was. Covered with snow. Still in its container. Freezing. Dead. And even though I only paid $1.75 for it, I still felt bad that I had just. . . let it sit there.
It's a survivor! (I still don't know where to plant it, though.)
#2 -- Trillium are one of my favorite flowers. I always go a little crazy when I find them in the woods in May. Last spring, I decided to try to cultivate my own little trillium grove. I purchased a few plugs from a reputable wildflower nursery. . . and watched them wither away to nothing in my garden.
Three of these little guys are poking up! I'm pretty sure it's my trillium. (I'm so excited!)