An early Easter might mean a lack of bloom, but some are saying that we are three weeks ahead of the normal bloom cycle.The akebia greets guests at our front walk gate. The daffodils are so far ahead that I am certain there will be nothing left in my garden to take to the daffodil show. It is possible to cut now and store in fridge for weeks, but I will not be able to that this year.All of the new bulbs so carefully recorded and planted just in hopes of going to show! Ah well…
Another year, perhaps.
With all of the careful recording, this seems to happen to me all the time!
I posted that I would be traveling to Stonington CT for a Judge’s workshop last week. As Prospective Judges, some of us were asked to bring along a trough to use for practice judging. Many of my troughs that I have made and planted up over the years were not in any shape to go in front of a Judging panel!They have just come out from under the rhododendrons where they spent the Winter months. This one looked the best of the bunch so I groomed a bit, added some more top-dressing and hoped for the best.
You know you have done something wrong when a crowd of seasoned Judges gathers around your exhibit with fingers pointing, talking with much animation! Can you guess what is wrong with that trough? Though I found the Cotoneaster at a nursery on a table among alpine plants, it does not really ‘belong’ with the hens and chickens and iris pumila, as it is not truly an alpine. Note to self, BE SURE when you pick up a plant that someone before you did not drop it off in the wrong section. In my last home, there was a “secret garden’ behind the house with a stone wall built along the side of a rock outcropping with a fountain and lovely “rock plants”. Among the plantings was a beautiful sculptural Cotoneaster, which always seemed lovely. I understand what the distinction was in terms of judging, but I do love the Cotoneaster even recognizing that it cannot live there forever – it will outgrow the space.
Clementine sings, “good day!” Happy Easter!