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April – Hot and Cold

14 Apr

What a week of temperature fluctuations!  On Wednesday it was over 91 degrees here in Baltimore which is very unusual for this time of year.  Took photos in the morning of sprouts and by the time I came home from work in the evening, some of those plants had grown inches!!

Here are the bloom updates from this week …

Mayapple sprout and Mayapple foliage


Soft petals of pink Star Magnolia … my favorite

Pink Star Magnolia

Pink Star Magnolia


















Spring’s warmth arrived

9 Apr

Finally some warmer temps!  Heard this hawk (?) overhead while I was gardening on Sunday … I’m still trying to id it.

Wooly Adelgid on Hemlock

As for plant pest id’s – unfortunately I discovered wooly adelgid attacking my native Eastern hemlock – I mixed up some horticultural oil and sprayed the branches above and below to help reduce the numbers.   Whew!  I’m glad I noticed during the egg laying/crawler stage when it’s an appropriate time to spray.

After that project, I took a walk around the yard to look for new plants blooming and here’s what I found…

Pink Star Magnolia blooms

Pink Star magnolia bud

Grape Hyacinth sprouting

Grape Hyacinth sprouts

Peony sprouting from the ground like clasping fingers

Peony sprouting


Buona Pasqua!

31 Mar


Referring to my Italian roots and wishing a Happy Easter!  Good weather on Saturday allowed me the opportunity to spend the day gardening yesterday — I never noticed how much developing daffodil blooms look like pistachios on stalks!   And I always *wow* when I can find the emerging bleeding hearts – they look like little hands reaching for the sun.  Welcome Spring!Pistachios on Stalks!Developing Daffodil bloomDeveloping daffodilBleeding Heart emergingBleeding Heart emerging


Spring snow

25 Mar

I wonder how those blooms are doing today under a blanket of white?

Dogwoods at DawnBackyardSideyard


Spring has sprung, but not Spring weather

24 Mar

It’s Spring and the start of taking photos of daily blooms in the garden.  This year the blooms are delayed since the weather is still 10 degrees below average here in Maryland.  Helebores are the first to bloom, along with the white crocus,  followed by the mini Tete-e-tete daffodils …Blooms 003 White Crocus Tete-a-tete mini daffodilsClose up of mini daffodils

Just starting are the yellow daffodils in the front yard …

Daffodil beginning to open Yellow Daffodils in front yard