The Tuesday View May 9

May 9, 2017

The Eastern Redbud (Cercis canadensis) on the edge of the lawn bravely continues to survive and bloom. While this past winter wasn’t too bad, it was a previous, deeply cold one and heavy snowstorm that threatened its survival. It limps along.

Violets and dandelions dot the lawn and my little neighbor and I had our first Violet Tea party last week. We may even have the chance to get in another as it looks to be a good year for violets. The grass had to be mowed, three weeks earlier than ever before, due to a warm April. May has been rainy and cool so far, good for working outside and prolonging the Narcissus blooms.


May 9, 2017

The perennials continue to grow. The giant alliums are budded, and a few parrot tulips that the voles missed are showing weakly. I’m contemplating wire cages for future tulip plantings. Lamb’s ears, daylilies, iris, veronica and astilbe are making progress. The blue globe has made its spring debut.

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Thanks to Cathy at Words and Herbs for hosting The Tuesday View, a meme showing the view of one or more of our gardens over the course of a growing season.

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35 Responses to The Tuesday View May 9

  1. west517 says:

    Lovely scenery!

  2. March Picker says:

    It’s so fun to watch as things plump up and change daily! The faithfulness of lamb’s ear amazes me. I’ve wondered if this area is a slope? Or is it flat, Eliza?

    • Eliza Waters says:

      The land slopes down from the house, the garden itself gradually slopes down and to the right. The river is about 200 ft. in the background beyond the woods.

  3. Rita Pichette says:

    Have you tried Repels-All in the holes when you plant your tulip (& other) bulbs? Seems to work for us for the 1st year at least. We use it in planting potatoes also.

  4. Cathy says:

    Isn’t it remarkable how quickly things move on now the days are so much longer! Looks lovely and green now Eliza. 🙂

  5. cindy knoke says:

    It’s going to be glorious!

  6. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    The garden changes daily this time of year. Looking good.

  7. Much more activity for you in the Spring Eliza, I look forward to your growing garden 🌷🍀💞🍀

  8. arlingwoman says:

    I love your lawn’s bits of white and yellow. Soon your flower bed will be hopping blooms.

  9. MK says:

    You’re off to the races!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Jim R says:

    I like the greens a lot.

  11. Mrs. Brown says:

    The green is filling out this week. Welcome to the violets family n the grasses!

  12. Cathy says:

    Lovely to see the little Cercis! Maybe I should have planted one of those instead of the Cercis silaquastrum (from southern Europe) – it was heavily frosted this year, but I think is struggling back. Your little tree is a picture. And the whole view so quiet and tranquil. Have you tried planting garlic in rings around tulip plantings – that’s what people do here and they swear it works. We have a lot of voles at Chatillon!

  13. Laurie Graves says:

    Love the green of spring!

  14. Kris P says:

    It’s so much easier to see the garden wake up in a climate like yours than it is in mine. I love seeing that flush to green appear!

  15. YES!

    (That’s me whenever I get one of your Tuesday Views – I love seeing the garden changes!)

  16. Christina says:

    Slowly, slowly

  17. Kathy Sturr says:

    I much prefer April’s view over March! I love, love, love Redbuds. They bloom all over the South and on our return trip to the North. I would love to plant one but I am really at their zone limit and would have to seek one out grown here from the start. Maybe one day. If so, I would plant it at the lake! I love your Violet Tea time. I still remember that post fondly. It is a good year for violets. I have so many and I’m happy for the bumble bees. Mr. Rabbit likes to eat them, too. Better violets than kale!

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thanks, Kathy. Yes, our redbuds struggle up here at the northern end.
      Bunnies like dandelions, too, I saw one this morning munching happily.
      Fritillaries’ life cycle depends on violets, so I have LOTS of orange butterflies! It’s all good!

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