WITH A WEEK OF DAYS NEAR 80, the garden has moved ahead fast (perhaps too fast). No rain in sight, but blossoms everywhere, including these shot today. (Technical note: Neither the thumbnail photos nor the ones you click to next are as luminous as click #3. Mea culpa or the limitations of this technology, who knows? It’s worth that extra click, while I’m investigating a solution.)

  1. GardenGuyKenn says:

    Absolutely beautiful! We’re having very warm weather here in Southern Michigan too.. I’m a bit fearful of a cold snap – but hopeful that it won’t happen!

    Happy Earth Day everyone!

  2. Layanee says:

    First, congrats on the first month. Great job! I love that you posted a picture of the Lindera. I love the way it looks ‘dancing’ in the woods! I don’t know Dirca…will have to check that one out.

  3. Andrew Ritchie says:

    The tulips here are just about ready. The forsythia is all aglow. Even the rhododendrons are about to burst open. Temperatures in the high 70s for the last two weeks have sped things up considerably.

    Damn, I love those dark helebores!

  4. Barbee' says:

    These are beautiful! You surely have accomplished a lot if this blog is only one month old. I found you on Blotanical and I will be back from time to time. Great work!

  5. leslie land says:

    First, thanks so much for the link. It’s an honor to be in your company.

    nifty to see what’s in bloom up your way, not very far north of us but still… a clear illustration that even little distances make a difference.

    We’ve had too many too-hot-for April days; about half the narcissi got fried, early peonies are threatening to open (yikes!) and we have our first asparagus, about which I have mixed feelings; this is roughly a week earlier than usual. Bill wants to cook it with black morels and has gone hunting over by the river, hoping it’s less dry there…

    Congratulations on your beautiful, extremely useful site and your fast start out of the gate with it.

  6. margaret says:

    Welcome. I was tipped off to your blog by Sally of WKZE, and it is wonderful. Thanks to you as well.
    Yes, I harvested asparagus, too (nearly two weeks early) and it doesn’t feel right. I am doing rain dances between shoveling barrows full of mulch. Dust bowl here. Happy spring? Hmmm…

  7. margaret says:

    Welcome, Barbee. I just joined Blotanical YESTERDAY so talk about fast…you are my first new garden friend via that route. I look forward to your next visit.

  8. margaret says:

    I used the word “hell” a few times myself today to describe the conditions outside, and also “Dust Bowl.” Not good. Am madly soaking the weaklings and piling on mulch like it was three weeks from now.
    Send reinforcements.

  9. gardenboy says:

    Lucky you are no longer a weekends only gardener, otherwise you would miss almost everything this year. It is all happening so fast. It scares the hell out of me.

  10. Amy says:

    Hello Margaret – I just found you tonight through Blotanical. You’ve got a fabulous blog. I can’t wait to read more posts!

  11. margaret says:

    Welcome to A Way to Garden. So glad you found me, and that you enjoyed what you saw so far. Now if I can just keep juggling the outdoor chores with the blogging duties! See you again soon.

  12. margaret says:

    Well, mplonski, aren’t WE full of (coffee) beans this morning?
    As chief creative director and chief technical officer AND staff writer and photographer over here, I was frustrated that the photos didn’t look good on the first two clicks. I’m on the WordPress boards trying to figure out why, but it may just be the deal.
    So there! Maybe you can lend some insight?

  13. margaret says:

    Your comment points out how general the Zone system really is…with so many factors to consider, it’s just a rough guess, isn’t it?
    I will look forward to comparing our “Zone 5” timelines as the season progresses.

  14. elizabeth says:

    i too am in zone 5, and i hope it will be enlightening to see the differences in the same zone. forsythia is done here (in iowa), hostas are really up, bluebells are dangling, magnolias just begun. in my own yard, i have a fritillaria blooming, which i thought werent supposed to bloom until june.
    happy one month anniversary, by the way.

  15. Brent says:

    Hi, Margaret

    I am so jealous of your blog (and your garden). I guess I will have to be content to learn from it.

    We went on a hunt this morning for the lone trout lily that we came across in the woods on the farm last year, but we were not able to find it. The search will continue next weekend.

    We’ve started our own farm website and blog, http://www.beekman1802.com, and as soon as I figure out how to set up the blog roll, I’m going to link right to you.

    Hope all is well,


  16. margaret says:

    Welcome and thanks for your good wishes. If you stay somewhere and keep digging holes for 20 years, this is what happens. Plants everywhere. And then some.
    I am going to take a trip to your blog now and see what’s up…

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