Buds of Promise

Aesculus' Spring Buds in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Aesculus’ Spring Buds (photo credit:Kathy Diemer)

There is something special about a flower bud; within its tightly wrapped package lies a gift of unknown beauty.  For until this bud spreads itself open to our yearning eyes, it remains precious, yet elusive.  This is a time of firsts, of beginnings and opportunities to experience with fresh eyes and heightened senses.  It is our chance to drink in the unique beauty that is held within the simplicity of a single bud.

Crabapple's Rosy Buds in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Crabapple’s Rosy Buds (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

Buds of promise are scattered about the galaxy of our yards and gardens, waiting for us to witness their grand opening; many as enchanting now as when they finally burst open.  Intensely deep violet-red beads of the red bud (Cercis) are in masses climbing up and down the vigorous branches.  Tiny pom-poms of ivory and rose are proudly held high at the tips of each Koreanspice viburnum (Viburnum carlesii) limb.  Grape like clusters of intense purple adorn the structures of many heirloom lilacs (Syringa) roaming about my landscape, not to be outdone by their dwarf relative’s delicate fuchsia rosettes.  Upright cones of the horsechestnut (Aesculus) are held erect on far reaching boughs, quivering in the breeze.  Marbles of pink and white are forming on the stems of peonies, and nearby apple trees are whispering that their fragrant, powdery pink  blossoms will be arriving soon.

Lilac's Grape Clusters in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer http://agardenforall.com

Lilac’s Grape Clusters (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

I can hardly wait to smell my intoxicating viburnums . . .  or to see the long awaited violet blooms of my lilacs as they quietly awaken, and hear the crab apple buzzing with honey bees draped from its chiffon flowers.   Yes, the gifts of spring will be opening soon.  The anticipation of their arrival, similar to the elation of sharing a special gift with a loved one, is almost as delicious as the actual event itself.

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Comments

  1. Hey Kathy, I would love to get more info. on what’s good to plant now, maybe a Tip note for the Novice? Some basic watering,fertilizer, etc… staples, you might call them? Thanks, Patty

    • Actually, that’s a pretty tall order, so I’ll try to keep it brief. Early spring (April-May) or fall (Sept.-Oct.) are the best times to plant trees, shrubs and perennials. Annuals and vegetables have to wait til the end of May to avoid frost damage. Watering is a necessity; for container plants sometimes once a day, for in ground plants & shrubs-once a week if we don’t get an inch of rainfall (you’ll need a rain gauge to monitor). Fertilizing is kept to a minimum; try to use organic for in ground plants, non-organic (such as Miracle Grow) is o.k. for container plants. Most plants will do fine with a little compost each year, and you can mix a little into the soil for containers as well. I have a post on watering from last year that you can check, and will be addressing containers and drought in the next few weeks. Stay tuned! And thanks for writing!

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