The Hosta Fairy Returns
Daffodils, Tulips, and Hollyhocks - Oh, My!
Every April for the past several years, we discover a box of hosta on our porch. They show up mysteriously. No one rings the doorbell and the dog doesn’t bark, but a box or two of hosta freshly dug up will appear. I know who the fairy is, but I never see her to thank her. The Fairy (Jane in her regular existence) works with my husband and has been trying to thin her hosta for years. She gets frustrated because the hosta just grow back more vigorously, but I’m not complaining. I’ve gotten hundreds of dollars of hosta for free and a fun surprise when the fairy makes her delivery.
Despite some decidedly up and down weather (85 to 35 in about 12 hours), the daffodils bloomed so prolifically that Wordsworth would be proud. They are indeed a “host of golden daffodils”. My early tulips popped open mixing some red with the daffodils, and, to my surprise, the hollyhocks I planted from seed last year are already up several inches. Can’t wait to see them in full bloom.
Crocuses Enjoy the Sunshine
Some wonderful sunshine made the crocuses blow open this week. I love the vibrant color of this particular grouping. After the picture was taken, I got my little army of workers (read husband, two children, and one tom cat) to help me remove the top layer of debris from the flower beds. In the end, we had seven yard waste containers and more wood for the fire pit. We celebrated our victory over winter by toasting marshmallows and making s’mores.
The daffodils are making progress – a few even opened this week and I can see signs of life on the lilac bushes. Sadly, we had to remove one of those. It’s been weak the past few years and didn’t survive the winter. I think its death is partly due to a particularly aggressive rose bush my husband has dubbed Cleopatra. I’ve saved Cleopatra from the chain saw (yes, it’s that big) many times when my husband has threatened her life, but she has clusters of beautiful pink roses and I’m not willing to part with her.
Today promises to be beautiful here so I’ll be on the front porch or in the garden. Enjoy!