Thursday, May 23, 2013

Crops and Critters

After what seemed like a prolonged winter and a cold spring, I expect most of us are ready for some warmer weather.
 
Hosta Crop May 2013

In spite of the late season snow, winter was relatively mild. Most plants seemed to have come through pretty much unscathed. Although there were exceptions as some Buddleia, for example, have been slow to leaf out.

Rio Samba Rose

The cooler than usual spring doesn't really seem to have held much material back. And I think the plants have benefited from the somewhat gradual change. The majority are now romping away.

 Sisyrinchium ang Lucerne #1

Rabbits caused some damage over the winter, if only they could be taught what to eat, they could do some pruning for us. As we are spacing plants, the odd snake is giving the crews a scare.

sedum in quarts

If the long range forecast is to be believed, temperatures for the end of May and the first half of June, look to be above average. But nothing we can't handle and maybe I can get my legs tanned.

Jonathan McCombie, Grower, Loma Vista Nursery
 

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