sequestered springtime

Springtime is rushing by even as the world grinds to a halt, sheltered in place. My husband and I are locked up tight, stocked up and with more able-bodies friends running as-needed errands.

We are comfortable, more so than either of us thought we could be for such a crisis. I am home with pay from work and spending as much time preparing the garden for maximum production this year. I think our neighborhood and community could use some overabundant gardens in the near future.

While the vegetables get sown, the flowers bulbs bloom and the perennial buds awake. I won’t be investing much of anything besides labor in flowers this year, but I have gifted starts to get in the ground from last fall. as well as flowers to move to make best use of ground for food.

the crocus I previously thought devoured by squirrels were a delightful surprise in early spring.

And the investments of the past four years into a self-propagating garden have provided enjoyable results.

the forsythia we planted our first year is maturing nicely, flanking our front porch.
our first daylily bed at the hobbit house, with transplants we brought with us. plans are to move these out into the yard once the new fence is completed, making room for herbs and produce closer to the house.
our dwarf iris, from my in-laws’ farm up north. originally five small clumps, they love our dirt and have filled out three separate beds. the more direct sun they get the earlier they bloom; one bed blooms out with the crocus…
the dwarf iris in the sedum bed only get early morning sun, delaying their flowers and offering glorious contrast with the sedum as they fill in from winter.
the original parent plants from four years ago are nearly gone, but columbine do such a lovely job of self-seeding, even if colors all tend to migrate to red. we have numerous clumps of new and returning plants strewn about the shade of our front yard.
these grape hyacinths were a gift several years ago, maybe six to a dozen bulbs. they thrive in this spot and have multipled well.
our daffodils (of numerous varieties) were recovered from the lawn in our first year were underproducing and in need of division. a few clumps three years later have provided entire banks of jonquils.
Tom’s lilac is still potted, but bursting with new life. a permanent location is forthcoming (also waiting on the fence) and an established lilac bush will be welcomed indeed.
the peonies are breaking ground and leafing out. the mystery transplants might give some blooms soon. a pink transplant from my oldest sister just went in, and a three gallon gorgeous yellow variety just went in as well. the latter was bought from the bloomed out reduced rack last year. since the planting was less jarring than transferring ground-to-ground, maybe we’ll see some flowers this year…
I am hoping our sheltering-in-place will provide some time to continue work on our fire ring. it will be nice to have a place to gather once we have less distant options.

Welcome to spring at our wabi-sabi cottage. Let us all hope it will have in-person vistors again soon…

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