This unusual spring, a full four to five weeks ahead of the norm is simply spectacular! The Magnolia tree held full blooms for many days – almost two weeks in fact. Now, emerging leaves lend color and texture to the landscape as plants push through the ground and open themselves to the warm sun and rain. Robins and turkeys are regular visitors as are the deer that sneak in at night. The egg spray that I use to deter the latter from nibbling the plants works until a heavy dew or rain. I try to stand upwind as I spray to keep the sulfur-smelling concoction off me. Pretty stinky!
The bleeding hearts are super and the Hands In Harmony Solomon Seal are about four inches tall at the base of the Magnolia tree. Aster clusters, the stepables in the entry way, and hosta all are popping up. Wendee and Les Deal’s plants, Mary Westermeyer’s variegated Solomon Seal, Jenny Herron’s pulmonaria, and the McNeil’s aster are among the early arrivals.