Garden log, 2.9.15

Nothing glamorous today. Shredded leaves for about 2 hours to adhere to my self-imposed promise to shred last year’s leaves before this year’s emerge. I’m cutting it very close. Fed the leatherleaf viburnums, witch hazel, roses with soybean meal. It will release slowly as the weather warms, so I’m not terribly concerned about chilly temperatures forecast for later in the week.

Spent a good chunk of time Sunday thinning out the Lavandula angustifolia and sprinkling lime on the pinks. Planted two seedling palms, names unknown, in the front near the road to try to do something for curb appeal. I’m tired of feeling depressed as I approach the house; this year is the year to finally get off the duff and do something about it.

Overjoyed to see the witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) in bloom.

witch hazel branch 2

witch hazel flower

Guess who showed up late to the party?

My aconite! (yes, singular. So far.)

aconite!

I must remember not to pay attention to the timing of events in other people’s gardens. Mine appears to have its own microclimates that I cannot yet fully comprehend. Instead, I will try to remember that the aconites (there will be more) should emerge around the time the witch hazel starts looking properly radiant.

witch hazel

witch hazel flowers