Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Somebody Loves Me

When I got home from work this morning the first thing I noticed was that John had shoveled off the front bed. He was very careful not to disturb any plants. There were two layers of ice in there that he had to chop through. The front of the house faces north and even with our easy winter last year the snow here had to be shoveled off. All of the snow that he rakes off of the roof lands here so it had really piled up.

This is how it looked on Sat., Mar. 31


Butterfly Garden Today

The snow is mostly gone from the butterfly garden. The tulips that I thought had been eaten just after I planted them are coming up! Now I'm wondering what dug the big hole and why? Another clump of tulips, the daylily patch and crocus' are all showing signs of life. I have daffodils and allium coming up through the snow and ice. The hollyhocks look nice and green and I found one lenten rose in the snow out front.

There is snow in the forecast for later in the week but if they can come up through the ice I expect that they'll survive a little more snow. I don't expect to be able to do any clean up until late next week.

The seedlings are all doing OK. I wish more of the milkweed had germinated, only 4 so far but I'm not giving up yet. I just got some new seeds that I will get started. It looks like I'll have some plants to get me started so I need to get busy and figure out what I want to do with the new bed along the back of the house.


  1. I hope the cold doesn't hurt the small plants. They are predicting a possible frost Saturday night. All of my plants are so green too that it would really set them back. I have held off on planting my butterfly garden but have the seeds all ready to go. Do you put butterfly weed in yours? I have some of that started already and my main plant is about to bloom and seed again. Be thankful that you have someone to shovel that snow.

  2. How nice, that's so thoughtful for John to remove it. I also have a north facing entry and it always has ice on the ground in front of it at some point during the winter.

    It hit 60 on Tuesday but that didn't last. A light snow during the night and flurries all day today. It was so nice to see most of the garden again and now it's gone.

    You definitely have more snow than I do and I hope it leaves for good soon. Congratulations on your Milkweed (Asclepias) seeds!

  3. Hi Apple & Country Girl,

    Facing north might keep the snow frozen longer, but when we had a south edge driveway in IL, the snow would melt in the day and refreeze into ice... think the snow was safer.

    I sure hope this is the last time you have to shovel snow this year, and that you'll be planting soon.

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  4. I bet you're so happy to see your flower beds again. A nice comfortable blanket of snow is nice for them but at this time of year we want to see dirt, don't we? Happy digging!