As you can tell from my previous post, Mother Nature has been keeping all of the gardeners in Southwest Wisconsin guessing.
It is probably safe to say that the cold weather crops from the hardy gardeners are in. However, even the almanac’s date of the last frost in this area, May 8th, may be pushing it. The high will be 72 degrees fahrenheit today but my seedlings are not hardened off and nowhere near ready to plant yet.
Instead I turned my attention to weeding the foundation gardens in the front yard. Unfortunately, this was a bigger job than it should have been because I wasn’t able to clean them out last fall. Under the watchful eye of my “boys” and four wheelbarrow loads later I was able to find the hosta plants I knew had been there last year.
The knock-out roses I had there last year just couldn’t survive the afternoon western exposure so I am turning my thoughts toward a combination of dahlias, cosmos, Yarrow, Gerbera Daisys and portulaca plantings for this season.
In the rest of the yard, I was pleasantly surprised to see an old apple tree with blossoms on it. Having seen what it looked like at the end of apple season last year, I was figuring I would have to put it on my do it list to be chopped down. And after waiting 3 years, my lilac bush has some beautiful flowers on it. (Too bad this website doesn’t have a smell button. 😉 )
As I said at the beginning, Mother Nature sure likes to keep me guessing. That’s what makes gardening so satisfying