229: Tulips in bloomPosted: May 10, 2011
It’s great to be home, spend the night in my own bed, listening to the familiar sounds that surround us here at Breezy Acres, and walking on familiar paths looking to see what’s new.
Our tulips are in full bloom. This is the first year we’ve experienced these beauties. We planted them in the little flower bed M created when he built the walls for Project Patio last year.
They are so beautiful. The colors are stunning. I could sit and look at them all day, photographing them from all angles and in all kinds of light, never tiring of them.
I took these photos yesterday evening, just before sunset. As you can see, tulips are very cooperative photographic subjects.
I don’t really need more photos of tulips. I have hundreds from visits to various gardens throughout the past few years. I have new photos from Longwood Gardens that I haven’t uploaded yet. But I couldn’t resist these tulips when I saw them in the setting sunlight. I think they are a little more special because they are not in a formal garden somewhere, having been planted and cared for by others. They are in our garden, planted and care for by us.
I tend to be somewhat childlike when it comes to growing things, astonished and amazed when something M or I planted makes its way out of the ground and comes to life in full bloom. I often think that if everyone planted something, the world might be a better place.
The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance, the wise grows it under his feet.
~ James Oppenheim
Today’s Outdoor Adventures
There is so much going on outside right now that I don’t know where to start. The lawn (which needs mowed again) is dotted with yellow (something you can see in the above photo) and purple (something not as obvious). The dandelions and violets are in full bloom. There is also this little purple flower:
I should probably wince when I see them as they’re everywhere, including the garden where they will have to be uprooted. I think it’s Ground Ivy, also known as Gill-over-the-ground, a European introduction to North America. The name “Gill” comes from the french guiller, which means “to ferment.” It was once used to help flavor and ferment beer. Ground Ivy is in the mint family and is sometimes classified with Catnip although it differs from it in a number of ways.
I might have to learn how to make dandelion wine or jelly or something. We have so many dandelions it seems a shame not to use them in some way.
The crabapple trees are flowering. We have one in front of the house that is blooming for the first time this year, and it seems to know what it’s doing as there are tons of blossoms almost ready to open. The crabapples back east were already in full bloom, pretty much at their peak.
The white lilac is almost in full bloom, and the scent is heavenly. The purple lilacs are taking their time. They should be blooming in about a week or so.
Our dogwood is thriving and blooming. M has been cutting back some of the shrubs and trees to give it room to grow, and it looks happy with the way things are now. The wild dogwood population in large areas of North America (particularly the east) has been devastated by Dogwood Anthracnose, a disease caused by the fungus Discula destructiva, over the past few decades. It’s good to see ours flourishing.
One of the rhododendrons near the woods at the back of the pond has its first flowers. We put netting over the plants to keep the deer from eating them over the winter months, and should have removed the netting before it started flowering. I’m not sure if we should leave it now or not.
I found this mystery plant growing in the woods:
I’ll keep an eye on it to see what develops. The woods are still extremely muddy and boggy so I didn’t get far into them. Some of the meadows and the area around the cattails are still puddled and ponded with water. It will be a while before it dries out, I think.
That’s about it from the Bogs for today. I hope to find time soon to upload my photos from our trip so I can start posting a few. This is a busy time of year, for Mother Nature and for me. Mother Nature seems to be speedier at her job than I am at mine, though, especially when it comes to weeds in the garden.