Based on recent hot weather and monsoon-like conditions, my plants probably think they’ve died and gone to Java. But no, it’s just summer in Indiana.
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I am in a garden frenzy this year. I’ve planted new fruit trees in the front garden as part of my small tree hedge experiment. I moved one of the honeyberries. I painted the rain barrel. And I rescued the espaliers from last year’s neglect. They seem to be recovering from my severe pruning job.
Our crazy warm March was followed by just crazy. A couple of weeks of freezing night temps did in the cherry tree blooms (despite my frantic attempts to cover the tree), but the serviceberry seems to have come through fine.
The apple blossoms are just starting to unfurl, and fortunately missed the freezes.
Most of this month’s blooms are tulips. All of these are varieties I bought when I worked at Smith and Hawken, and before I started making an attempt to record names. So, hello anonymous tulips!
In the front garden, all the bulbs are in shades of yellow and purple, with a little white. It helps keep my front garden from looking like an Easter basket full of jelly beans.
The back has a few tulips that are much more vibrant in color.
And, of course, the dandelions. I leave most of them as food for the bees, and just try to keep them out of the vegetables.
And I love the violets. I don’t understand why so many gardeners treat them like weeds. Compact, tidy foliage; low growing; and those darling purple flowers. What’s not to like?
To see what’s in bloom in other gardens on this Garden Bloggers’ Bloom Day, check out May Dreams Gardens.