The first spring favas are now growing strong (above). They will need supports eventually; although they stay upright while they grow, the weight of the beans causes the stalks to collapse. All of the peas are growing, including the sweet peas.
The pear tree is now in bloom although the different branches – each grafted with a different species – are out of synch. I have seen a few bees in the garden, but might try to pollinate using a paint brush. The apple trees are budding and the first of the peonies are also starting, which seems too early.
The cyclamens are blooming. These are very different the ones that bloom in the fall, as they are larger and are two-toned.
The best thing about spring are the anemones – white, pink and purple (blue). The large patch under the dogwood has spread under the hazelnut tree, through the rock garden and are now taking over big patches of lawn. Other things that are starting to bloom: daffodils, lily of the valley, trilliums, serpent head lilies, tulips and grape hyacinths.
Thanks to inspiration from one of my fellow bloggers, I have planted a few of the warm summer seeds indoors. Two rows of florence fennel, two rows of tomatoes, two rows of basil, two rows of cucumbers, a row each of yellow and green zucchini, one row of parsley and a row of super catnip. Check out Pat’s blog for how to harden off seeds before planting outdoors: http://growsoeasyorganic.com/2015/03/24/growing-season-begins-tips-for-getting-ready/
Happy planting everyone!