It has now been a full year since I started my new goal to create a garden that has year round interest without adding in a lot of perennials. I am getting closer, but as the bulbs I planted last month as well as last years are peeking through the ground, I am still finding I have a long way to go.
It’s funny how I love working in the garden, but sometimes I can get overwhelmed by my own goals, I leave a bit of a mess in my wake. The mess you see below has been sitting like that for a week. I was going great that day and getting a lot of stuff done, but then I just stopped and walked away. Every time I turned around there was something else I needed to do. I got tired and went in for a cup of warm cocoa.
I just peeked outside and unfortunately the mess is still there. It’s really windy today. Maybe some of the dirt will get swept away.
Looking past the mess, I am really happy this month with the bulbs. I planted a mix of crocus, tulips, daffodils and alliums in the front yard. I decided to plant them in clusters keeping like varieties all together.
Last year I planted Replete Daffodils as you can see below. I love these guys with their peach faces and soft white petals. Last years bunch were bought from Walmart and this years additional ones were bought from a catalog. Both performed wonderfully.
A lot of the bulbs I had bought on clearance, and they had already started to grow. I planted them all and I am hoping that they at least are able to put on a little show. If not this year, I am sure they will be great next year. This has often been the case for me when I plant bulbs that are already growing. Gardening really is about patience isn’t it?
I am really happy to see some of the Passion Vine caterpillars coming back. I found these little fuzzies crawling around, chomping away.
The rest of the garden is mostly a lot of cleaning up and making plans for Spring. I love the bright yellow pom poms by the back pond. Such a cheerful plant. A lot of the bulbs are showing their green. I can’t wait for the flowers to pop up.