First Crocus of Spring

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I know lots of people already have lots of more impressive flowers than this. But these bulbs were only planted last fall, and it’s been a difficult March.

My downstairs neighbor and I cleared the weeds out of this part of the front yard last October, and I ordered bulbs. They arrived a couple of days after I broke the ankle, so she and her husband put them in.

I ordered a cheap assortment, because I wasn’t sure whether they would all get eaten by squirrels or rabbits, but they seem to have come up pretty well. There are other buds, so there will be better pictures in a couple of weeks.

Garden pictures from May 22, 2016

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Alliums coming into bloom.

The alliums do the best of all the bulbs I ordered the year after I bought the condo. I think the others all died out.
[pansies]
Pansies planted this year.

I’m hoping these seed and last forever.
[illies of the valley]
Lillies of the Valley

These my mother gave me a few years ago, and they like it here.
[grass]
grass in bloom

This is a volunteer grass, which is quite nice when it’s blooming, but I’m going to have to pull some out or it will crowd out the rhubarb.

Mushrooms

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Mushrooms on May 17, 2012

We had a very hot and dry April in this part of the world, so we were all wondering whether there would be flowers in May at all.

Fortunately, we’ve had a cool, wet May, so there are not only flowers (a lot of the May ones bloomed in April, but we’re getting some of the June roses now) but these mushrooms sprung up on the sidewalk across the street from me.