butterflies out - mourning cloak and comma

birdgardner(NJ/ 6b)March 12, 2006

oh, spring is here, spring is here.

why am I singing, my back is aching from yesterday and it's raining today and I don't have that many flowers out and there is still a ton of work to do and the unskilled labor force (who have the misfortune to be related to me) is reluctant.

The wintersweet smells lovely in the rain.

Spring, spring, spring.

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Loretta NJ Z6

Definitely! It's frustrating though because I have been stuck working indoors with all this nice weather. Today I noticed Pieris Valley Rose blooming and Spirea Ogon is leafing out. I suppose the weather will dip and I will lose the bloom on Ogon again. This plant should come with a warning label. I never get a full bloom like the plant I saw at Fairweather.

    Bookmark   March 12, 2006 at 9:02PM
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sugar_magnolia(z6 Hamilton, NJ)

Snow later this week (sob sob).

    Bookmark   March 13, 2006 at 7:53PM
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birdgardner(NJ/ 6b)

yeah, but we had another nice day today. I finished pruning the roses and blueberries, transplanted a lot of lamium to where my lawn has failed six years running - planning a new woodland garden there.

These days do spoil me for the cold and yucky ones but I feel like such a grasshopper - not there yet.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2006 at 9:37PM
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sugar_magnolia(z6 Hamilton, NJ)

I, too, am working on a woodland garden this season!

    Bookmark   March 16, 2006 at 10:34PM
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birdgardner(NJ/ 6b)

What are you planning, Sugar?

I am trying for native azaleas and spicebushes, ferns, hostas, asarum, Virginia bluebell and mayapples. I have a couple small Magnolia virginianas sitting in a nursery bed. Fortunately I can do some major dividing for my ground layer, but I ordered azaleas from Lazy K Nursery, and I think I'll get the spicebushes from Flying Pig.

One potential problem with the new garden is Norway maple and crabapple seedlings. At least it's a little uphill from the maples. With a lawn or some attempt at one you can mow the things - hand pulling is not fun.

My husband and son - don't you think strapping men ought to be willing garden muscle? - have got to get the deer fence up.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2006 at 11:01PM
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Loretta NJ Z6

I did see my first butterfly last weekend - your everyday white cabbage type. But now it is freezing again. We had snow today. I'm afraid my hydrangea macs are going to lose their terminal buds now.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2006 at 10:07PM
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tiarella(7b)

I saw my first butterfly last weekend- a mourning cloak and yesterday I saw a flicker-my they are large! Now have 2 pairs of cardinals visiting the bird feeder.

    Bookmark   April 6, 2006 at 12:52PM
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