Greetings and salutations, everyone; yes, once again it is I, Mani the purebred border collie, filling in for the guy I live with, and here today to bring you a post about Spring, such as it is in these parts. You may remember me from such Spring-oriented posts as “The Terrors Of Spring” and “Retro Spring”, among so many, many others.
Today it was about seventy-two degrees F (about twenty-two Celsius). The expected low tonight will be about twenty-eight degrees (a little over minus two Celsius).
The guy I live with does not like this forecast. Not much we can do about it; the bulbs can’t be covered because there’s a high wind warning tonight, and the covers would just blow away. They can be pinned to the ground with the pins made for them, but that probably won’t help.
Yesterday we saw a pretty cute thing happen in the neighbor’s yard. These pictures were posted on Facebook but not too many people noticed them, so here they are in a more noticeable form. And in chronological order, too. The bunny was eating some bird seed which the ducks thought was theirs.
There are lots of things in flower right now, though it’s hard to get good pictures of some of them. Cyclamen coum is in full flower, still. But this one is a little different; it’s called ‘Lake Effect’. (With a bunch of Crocus tommasinianus.)
Some of the so-called “steppe” corydalis are flowering. I know these are extremely difficult to grow because of what the guy I live with says when he finds another one rotted.
This is Corydalis ruksansii. It’s easier than some of the others.Corydalis glaucescens ‘Pink Beauty’. Not so easy. They need to be grown in clay soil which only gets wet in the spring, when the snow melts. Several tubers which were planted in the sand pile rotted because the winter was so warm and every time it snowed the snow melted into the sand pile. The tubers got wet and rotted. If they had been grown in clay nothing would have happened.
The other problem is when the flowering stems freeze, and that can rot the tubers. The very expensive tubers.
Woodland corydalis like Corydalis solida are a lot easier to grow, and now that there are lots of colors to choose from, very satisfying as garden plants. They haven’t begun to flower yet.
That’s pretty much all I had for today. I’ve been walking along the canal, as usual, but haven’t felt like going in. I think the water’s going to be cold for a while now. We haven’t seen any more crawdads, and haven’t seen the muskrat yet.
Until next time, then.