Monday, March 22, 2010

Back to life.

It was a cool day after the wonderful temperatures we had this weekend. Later in the week, we'll be in the 70s again. It looks like my day off will be a nice one. As the clouds parted this afternoon, I snapped a shot of the evening sky. It's great getting home while it's still daylight.

The flowering quince growing around the chainlink fence that belongs to my neighbor is a welcome sight. No blooms on any of mine this year.

Nearby, what I think is an amur honeysuckle (Lonicera maackii) may need to be removed this year. They can become very invasive. If it blooms soon, which it looks like it will, the yard will be full of fragrance for the first and last time.

The Loropetalum is coming in to bloom.

Azaleas are budding. This is a formosa purple that was here when I bought the house. I cut it down to the ground because it was so wretched.

The oakleaf hydrangea is sporting new growth and last year's leaves.

One of the three aucuba I rooted last summer. All three are showing growth. It'll be years before they fill in. I'll start pinching later in the season to get some bushier growth.

The Snowball viburnum cuttings are pushing out leaves. They were so tiny when I put them in last fall. I was afraid they wouldn't survive. All three made it. I will have to transplant these soon. There's no way these shrubs can grow where I put them for the winter.

It's currently 45 degrees. We're expecting to drop into the upper 30s tonight, maybe low 40s. Rain could come at any time, or not. Tomorrow, it should warm up a bit to the mid 60s. By Wednesday, we'll be back in the mid 70s. I plan to spend the day mowing and doing some more planting. My sinuses are stuffed. My nose is running. My throat is sore. Pollen has started to fall from the maples. The oaks will begin their assault soon.


Michelle said...

My eyes have been itchy for a week or so now, boooo.

Anonymous said...

Things are really looking good in your gardens!

Cameron said...

Lots of blooms! Yesterday, we had sheets of chilly rain. I want to get back out in the garden today. I'm starting to get my containers ready.

I think the pollen is going to be bad this year. I seldom have problems, but this year, my sinuses are complaining. I take a super kelp (seaweed) supplement daily and those seem to help with my sinuses. I get the ones at Lowe's Foods.

Tammy said...

What a beautiful shot of the sky. I love it when the sun rays show up so clearly in a photo.