Spring comes to the High Colorado Plateau as reluctantly as a capricious child who is expected to accomplish several boring chores and just doesn't wanna. Days in the 70's F tease us with delightful sunshine only to give way to cruel sandstorms and 50 mile-an-hour winds. Then, the snow comes followed by warming days again, and mud.
|The garden was frosted on April 9th with spring snow.|
|The crabapple is trying to bloom.|
|Bright pink creeping phlox was not expecting this!!|
|Candytuft and grape hyacinth beneath the crabapple tree.|
|How will Belinda's Dream, one of our new roses from Chamblees, fare in her new home?|
Spring eventually does come, however, and just when it ought.
|No harm done... the next day she bounced back|
|Morning coffee with creeping phlox.|
|Pansies in the kitchen window box are very cheering.|
There is so much to do in the garden right now, as weather permits. We had a cold winter, and though no record temperatures were hit, there were several prolonged spells of very low temperatures. As I prune the roses, I am seeing a lot of winter damage. The orders from Chamblees and Heirloom have arrived, and all are in the ground except for poor Aunt Honey. Several of my cuttings are planted now, too. If every day were like today, with temperatures in the 60's and 70's F and no wind, I could be Garden Super Woman.