After several days of rain, the sun made a return yesterday, although it wasn't a very warm sun. I have to admit I didn't mind having a bit of rain since I had just planted more seeds and plants and transplanted more of my winter sown seedlings into the ground. Everything is looking good so far except for the nicotiana sylvestris. It looks a bit wilted while all the other winter sown seedlings are already growing. I just sprinkled the left over seeds and will see if they grow. I'm hoping some will make it because this is one I've really wanted to see.
As usual I was amazed at what a few days of sun followed by some rain will do for the plants.
I've completely lost track of what seeds are where. At this point it'll just be surprises everywhere. Maybe next year I'll color code them with plant markers or something creative. These are most likely one of the three types of poppy seeds I've planted. I've got poppies coming up everywhere!
Fragaria x ananassa 'Pink Panda', I've also got 'Lipstick', but I don't see any blooming now. There are quite a few blooms and buds on this variety now. I need to do a little cleanup around them still, it's in an area of the yard that I sort of forget about sometimes. I like this as a ground cover because they are easy to weed around. Plus they bloom all summer and produce edible berries.
Choisya ternata 'Mexican Orange' - This was new last spring and really got beat up by the snow. I'm happy to see there are quite a few buds on it.
Lots and lots of new lily pads coming up, they'll send up bigger leaves as the weather warms. The first set are always on the small side.
Syringa x prestoniae 'Miss Canada' - Loaded with buds that are growing quickly.
Syringa vulgaris 'Ludwig Spaeth' - I can't wait to smell these, a real favorite of mine.
Clematis armandii - Finally blooming and actually looking good. The sun was shining from behind so I couldn't get a good picture of the whole vine. It looks pretty good after all it's been through with branches falling on it, snow and having to get moved around while the fence was being built behind it.
The sun is back out this morning, now I'm just hoping it warms up a little and I'll get a chance to spread some more compost. I've been busy spreading this every dry day I can. I think 10 more bags and I'll be able to check this job off my spring to do list.