New in the flower garden this year is Fritillaria Michailovskyi. Only about 6 inches tall it is supposed to be honey scented (I haven't gotten my nose down that far to see if that is true) and repel deer and rodents. That's fine to repel rodents as long as they aren't repelled into my house instead. I planted lots of bulbs last fall here and there in dappled shade areas along some pathways and I hope it will naturalize over the next few years.
Fritillaria Meleagris (Guinea Hen Flower) also pops up here and there in the flower garden. I think some people also call these Checkered Lilies.
Some of the Daffodils are still in bloom.
But it has been raining here off and on for several days and the rains have kind of beat down most of the Daffodils.
I have several different kinds of Daffodils and since they are one of the first flowers to bloom in Spring they are always a welcome sight.
So far the rabbits and deer have left my Old Spice Sweet Peas alone. For many years I used to have a large section of trellis covered with sweetly scented Sweet Peas but I think the last five or six years I have not had any luck with them because something usually eats them as soon as they sprout. This year I started the seeds in a pot on the deck and transplanted them so we shall see how this works. Watch this space.
I thought something was eating my Hellebore buds because it sure seems like it is late blooming this year. But now I have blooms so either I was mistaken or whatever critter was eating buds went on to greener pastures.
And in the Fairy Garden I spy a little patch of Grape Hyacinth (and weeds).
The Bluebells are starting to bloom.
They have spread over the years and I think this year I may dig some up and put some in the new native wildflower garden. I think I read that they were native but there are two kinds of bluebells and this may not be the native one. I'll have to check my notebook.
I have 4 Tree Peonies for many years and I thought for sure they were all dead this year because the wood showed a lot of deer damage. But I have been so excited to see new growth on all of them.
That Bee Balm (Monarda) spread across the path so I'm going to dig it out and put it in the new native wildflower garden.
This year the Stinging Nettles look like they are sprouting up everywhere already. There is a reason they call it "stinging". I have to wear heavy gloves when I pull it up. It is good for the compost pile and in a few years past I have made Stinging Nettle tea and used it as fertilizer. But that's more work than I want to go to now so usually it just goes into the compost pile. Supposedly you can make beer or soup or salad with Stinging Nettle but I'm not going to try that unless I'm starving some day.
I also have herbaceous Peonies (there are three types of peonies - tree, herbaceous and a new one called intersectional) and I see those sprouting up in several places. I really need to get some of those round things to put around them to keep the flowers from drooping on to the ground.
And here's another pathway I bordered with those little Fritillaria Michailovskyi.
Remember last week I told you I stuck plastic forks here and there throughout the strawberry bed to try to keep squirrels and rabbits and who knows what else from eating the strawberry plants?? Well, so far so good. The forks appear to be working. Stick a fork in it! The real test will be if the critters will stay out when the strawberries bloom and bear fruit.
Radishes are up! They need a little thinning.
Asparagus is sprouting up.
I think this will be a very good year for asparagus. I spread a lot of compost on the bed a few weeks ago and now that we have had lots of rain I think after a few days of sun we will be eating some asparagus. Last year I had so much asparagus I was able to share with several others.
I still haven't weeded the rhubarb bed but it doesn't seem to mind. It has grown a lot in one week. I've dug out my rhubarb recipes! My fav is a recipe of an aunt of my husband called Sompun' Else and another I copied out of a library book long ago before internet and when I could not afford cookbooks--rhubarb bread.
And finally the Bleeding Heart is starting to bloom. I used to have a white version but it disappeared a few years ago. And that's the way it goes.