May flowers (and gardens)

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At various times during the year I like to walk around the yard and see what’s blooming. Spring is especially exciting here because we can have up to five months between the first and last snow falls in winter. We deserve a good Spring!

Here’s a quick update on the vegetable garden I’m putting in this year. I did manage to clear out the second quadrant and I tilled it twice over the course of a week. Last night my son and I planted some sunflowers and sweet corn. We’re hoping to get an ear or two of corn after the deer and raccoons are done with it. Someday I want to put a fence around the garden, but only after I get the whole area cleared out.

Springtime flowers and garden

The rest of the shots are just what I saw while wandering about. Here’s one of the several volunteer redbud tree (Cercis canadensis) that have sprouted in the back.

Springtime flowers and garden

The forsythia have a few more days of flowers left and they’re already showing new leaf growth. They haven’t been pruned much in the last few years, so I plan to reshape them in a few weeks.

Springtime flowers and garden

The daffodils are finishing up but the tulips are blooming in full force since the end of last week.

Springtime flowers and garden

Springtime flowers and garden

I didn’t plant this lone tulip here and I’ll move it after it finishes blooming and dies down a bit. In the meanwhile, the bright red is a nice contrast to the greens of the surrounding plants.

Springtime flowers and garden

Our lilacs are just starting to bloom, right in time for the Rochester Lilac Festival which starts later this week. While we have several large and old lilacs around the property, I hope to add a few more plants along the driveway.

Springtime flowers and garden


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