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In the garden: Finally the lilacs!

Finally, after a coldish spell, the lilacs, second in the forsythia-lilacs-iris-roses sequence, are out. It's pleasant to work out my door and smell them. (The forsythia were quite inferior this year, since they bloomed, if you remember, late last fall, and apparently they get one flowering a year. I may have to cut them back; I'm not sure.)

And here is a saturated tapestry:

The pansies and the pink thingamajigs are fun -- I pick up a six-pack every other day or so at the coffee shop, which has happily taken over the job of selling spring flowers this year, since the hardware store went belly up.

The center of this centerless image is what's central -- all the sprouts from "woodland" wildflowers, a seed curation optimized for shade under the evil Norway maple. I ripped out the last of the front lawn entirely! In a few weeks, this will be spectacular, and pollinators will like it, too! To the left, the hostas, not having died over the brutal winter; to the right, the little white picket fence, now much bent, and to the far right, clover, next to the sidewalk.

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V. Arnold's picture
Submitted by V. Arnold on

It's interesting to see a winter to spring transition in your garden. Starkness to abundance is a sight I've not seen in more than a decade. It's jolting to witness the difference, long not seen...
But remembered in distant existences; we lack that perspective in the tropics...

Submitted by lambert on

... starting in late July, when Maine is as lush as Thailand. But it doesn't last, sadly. I remember tracking plants in pots in Bangkok, and it was astonishing to see them put for stems, then buds, then flowers, all in the space of two or three weeks. At least, that's how I remember it!

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Submitted by mitzi muffin on

If you're going to cut the forsythia back, you should do it soon. It forms clusters right after it blooms, and if you cut back the clusters, they won't flower next season.