Friday, January 22, 2010

It doesn't take much

It doesn't take much happening in the garden to stir excitement in a gardener. In my case, I'll take anything new that happens to be sprouting or blooming, with the exception of weeds of course. Unfortunately the garden seems especially naked right now since my plant purchases were few and far between last year. It gets more and more difficult to escape to a nursery when there's 2-year-old keeping you busy. But a slow stroll through the garden today turned up a few surprises and some expected standbys.

A tender leaf unfurls from the unworldly looking crown of a Rhubarb plant. You can just make out the crimson red stalk that I hope will end up in a tasty desert or more this season. My mom sent me the recipe for a rhubarb cake that I'll be sure to share if I can harvest enough for the recipe. I planted this cool season crop last year, and according to Victory Seeds, the second year is a better time to harvest.

Everyone is talking about their daffodils coming up so I figured I should see what mine are doing. Not much, but they're trying. I bought about 50 bulbs last fall but had another lazy gardener moment and never got around to planting them. Maybe this spring ... I really should make a list of chores.

Hellebore is a wonderful standby in my garden. I've almost uncovered all the plants from beneath a blanket of leaves haphazardly raked aside during the winter. This particular plant is my oldest Hellebore, about five years old. It's right next to the stairs leading to our front door, protection that I think gives it a bit more protection. So much so that I'm not sure it ever stopped blooming this year!

12 comments:

Karen said...

I wonder if it's a similar variety to mine, your hellebore that is - mine never really went away either. How cool is that?! I didn't ever get around to planting all of my bulbs either!

Carol said...

Magical time of year to find these stirrings... I love the crinkled leaves unfolding ... great photo of your rhubarb!

sweet bay said...

Eventually when I order daffs I'm going to put them in in the spring -- right now I have enough open places that I don't need to worry about slicing other bulbs in half, but it's so easy to see where to put new bulbs in the spring. Love the picture of the Rhubarb.

Bonnie Story said...

Great rhubarb picture! I planted some hacked-up root divisions last fall and am eager to see what gives. If they do well I may transfer them up to the front fence zone, as that is heavily munched by hoardes of deer and needs ultra-resistant landscaping. Go daffodils, GO!! ;~}

Kiki said...

Beautiful post! I love the rhubarb leaves...gorgeous. I get excited too..nature is amazing that way! It capture your heart with magic!

Janet said...

Your rhubarb picture is simply stunning! And I'd love the cake recipe, as I always have more rhubarb than I can use. As for buying plants with a 2-year-old, try mail-order or--even more fun--trading with other gardeners. Garden Web is a good resource for that.

Engineeredgarden said...

Wow, you take great pictures! The daffodils aren't coming up here yet, but should be very soon.

donna said...

We are a family of rhubarb lovers. I luv your photo of the unfurling leaf.

I can barely wait to see my daffodils poking out of the leaves like yours.

donna

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

I think I remember your rhubarb leaves from last year.
I wondered how the Corsican Hellebore is doing? The Sweet Flag you gave me is growing so well in my pond. Glad that you are seeing signs of Spring there!

Cinj said...

Wow, that's neat. My plants can't help but stop blooming here, it gets WAY too cold.Rhubarb is awesome, isn't it? I've grown it successfully for years so it was a no brainer to decide to add it to my "new" garden last spring. Just wait until you start getting so much rhubarb you don't know what to do with it all. It's a great predicament to have though. This year we'll be making some tasty treats with it, I can't wait!

EAL said...

Well, that's a lot more action than I've got, for sure! Interesting--I did not realize you could plant daffs in the spring in the PNW.

Beautiful hellebore.

surfaceprotection said...

What a beautiful garden. I am most impressed with the plant that is nearest the stairs and provides some door protection. It is truly beautiful.