It’s iris season. I used to not be that fond of them. Nor of Gladiolas. But last year we went to an iris festival and wandered through huge gardens of irises and I fell in love. Just the range of colors was stunning. And then they are planted among other cool flowering plants like varieties of lupin, clematis, peonies, and other things. I bought a few bulbs last year (they aren’t cheap) and this year have some beautiful flowers. The blossoms are really huge and I am delighting in all the color.
I’m thinking that I also now need to figure out where to put some peonies and some of that lupine. The latter was so large and had a broader variety of color than I knew was possible. So I’m going to see if I can get some going. And California poppies. I love those and they grow well here once they get going.
I planted some lovely roses last year and am looking forward to seeing those bloom. I have to get out and spray some neem oil, though, in order to protect against fungus. That’s important. I’ve also planted tomatoes and I’m really hoping my peas produce before it gets so hot nothing happens. they are lush and covered in blossoms, but only a few pods have started. This happened last year where it was cool and then shot to freaking hot and the peas just gave up. Tomorrow it’s going to be 90. So I’m looking down the barrel of the same gun.
My carrots have been refusing to come up. I do not know why. The first year we were here, they grew perfectly and now . . . not so much. My loganberry bush is going like crazy, and so is the black raspberry. My roses need to be sprayed with neem oil though. They have some black spot. If I can find the damned stuff. I put it away . . . somewhere. Probably about two weeks ago and yet I can’t remember where I put it. Just goes to show that I shouldn’t put anything away at all.
I meant to start sweet peppers but I didn’t, so now I’m going to have to buy them. Sigh. And hot peppers. I still have time to put cucumbers in from seed, though. I probably have time for the peppers, too, but I want to make sure I get some sooner rather than later.
The blueberries are also going nuts. This is their 4th year, which means they are getting mature enough to produce reasonably. But I have to get after the weeds. I’m going to hoe and then spray with a bunch of vinegar. A bunch. My rhodies are blooming like mad and my dogwood is starting. I just want more flowers. More more more.
Are you out gardening this spring?