Wednesday, February 10, 2010

New life

A quick trip around the garden shows the new hydrangea survived after all and the the little dead looking twig now has tiny bumps of new growth.  The new astilbe are unfurling their ferny leaves.  Likewise, the new rhubarb's leaves have opened.  Two leaves does not promise any harvest this year, but maybe more will grow.  The asparagus, on the other hand, shows no sign of life.  Hopefully it is too early yet.  Rosa Francis Dubreuil already has buds!  This rose likes cooler weather and is the first to bloom in March, maybe sooner this year.  Some of the clematis are already growing strongly.  This is an issue for me since everyone swears do not clean them up before March or so.  Madame Julia Correvon was growing at Christmas so I went ahead and trimmed back and it evidently agreed with her.  Other perennials are still sleeping.  It is part of the fun, to find new things emerging over a couple of months. 

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