Momentary glance one way and another for a tour around the back gardens. This week I will have glimpses of the garden in a daily dozen of images. Many plants are blooming, from lilacs to groundcovers. Perennials that are blooming are mostly in the front yard which you will see later.
We have been having loads of sunshine, making taking photos a bit challenging in such a tiny space.
It really eliminates the best times of day, early morning and late afternoon, because most of the garden is in deep shade to benefit from the soft light.
No pictures of birds today, yet many are visiting. See the Christmas tree from last post?
Below, the image was shot in the flat light of a cloudy day on Wednesday of the tiny back garden. For scale, the grass is only three feet wide, so you can just imagine how small this garden is in reality. There is a lot packed into a very small space.
What you see in the pots is Romaine and leaf lettuce along with Bok Choy and short rooted, heirloom carrots from seed. All vegetables are pot grown this year. The tomatoes and peppers are in pots out of camera range. In May, 2011 most vegetables were in the garden and a few in pots. The backyard looked like this…
Much neater, no? The spring cleanup was done by the landscape workers that I use on job sites. Big difference in neatness. But, I did not mulch in 2013 yet… and was away most of the month in 2012 (post from May 2012), like I will be this month. The grass is greener because Spring 2011 was a very wet Spring with little sun.
I have Myosotis and Muscari paired all over the garden. They make nice partners. I also have Muscari with the pink creeping Phlox in the raised bed with the Royal Gem crabapple tree. This tree will stay very small at about only 6-8 feet tall and wide. The two groundcover plants combine well for color and both are just coming into bloom with the crabapple. All three make a nice combo.
Things green are just starting to “spring” forth. One more week and the ground will be covered in vegetation. I will be away for my favorite time in the garden, when the Allium and iris bloom. I missed it last year too.
Check out my post Bad Borers to see what can happen to your Royal Gem crabapple tree (above) with an unidentified borer. You can see that the crabapple blooms with both lilacs. They also make pretty partners.
I have been watering the garden since we have had NO rain until Thursday this week. There would be little growth or bloom had I not watered. Water is THE reason the blooms were pushed. We have had temperatures in the eighties and this has affected most bulb bloom. Flowers last about a day, then drop.
As a typical change of weather in western NY, we will be approaching freezing temperatures this weekend. It is why the vegetables are in pots. The cold hardy will remain outside, but the tender peppers and tomatoes will stay warmer in the garage. It generally takes carrots three weeks to show growth, so they are still but seeds in the soil.