I was headed down by the river today to dump my trash and fill up my truck with a load of woodchip mulch at the mulch dumping location nearby when what caught my eye, but a shiny orange Asplundh truck filled to the brim with a load of mulch at the bottom of the mountain.
What could be finer than a full load of woodchips delivered right where you want it? And these crazy people give the stuff away for free. I thought a small donation would help them remember me.
So the roadside vegetable garden is getting a nice weed suppressing, water holding, nutrient adding top dressing. I figure this makes me carbon neutral now for rototilling the soil and burning up the dried remnants of last years perennials.
I love it when the universe co-operates.
Because that gives me more time to wander aimlessly around a wakening mountain to see what I will see.
This is new. Like most things here it grows in a patch. Nature works that way. Plants often grow in colonies. It may have been introduced by the resident gardeners, but as is generally the case, nature is left in charge. I am thinking it is a Delphinium and am searching for a match now.
( Frances at Faire Garden has sent me to the corect ID. It is Corydalis solida, Fumewort. )
A small colony of the Muscari latifolium is adding to the increasing numbers of small blue dots covering the ridge top garden.
The Viola rotundifolia is gaining in numbers as well. This colony of yellow violets is on an east facing slope above the creek.
This warmish sunny weather is having an effect on many things. All of a sudden I have all kinds of garden chores that need doing. My poor wall has been neglected for the last two weeks it seems.
The first of the Eremurus, Foxtail Lily in the front bed by the road has come up.
The Tulips from Elizabeth in the bed along the driveway should actually bloom. Hopefully the tracks in the wet ground I keep seeing up there belong to the coyote and not some stinking rabbit, drooling while I work so hard.
Now this has me just a bit worried. I am not sure if it is an Azalea or a Rhododendron. It has small glossy, evergreen leaves and I would say slightly smaller flowers than most Azaleas and Rhododendrons that I have seen or that I recall. It has been a while since I have really seen them bloom up close. It is in full bloom. I hope this is supposed to be an early bloomer.
( Frances looks to be right again. A early blooming 'PJM' Rhododendron hybrid. )
I don't know what normal is up here. Getting to know normal will take some time.