We have snowdrops: And crocuses: And the wonderful-smelling winter honeysuckle: All the bulbs on the Caton Strip are up, ready to bloom soon and even the rosebushes are sending out new growth: It’s going to be a wonderful spring!
Spring is well under weigh! The strip of flowers along Caton is spectacular: White cabbage butterflies have been feeding there in such numbers that people stop to stare at them. Why are they called “cabbage” butterflies? Because they lay their eggs on cabbage plants and the caterpillars eat the leaves. Farmers hate them – but […]
The huge English elm that stood outside the Green has been dead for over a year — and it has finally been taken down. When it was alive it sometimes dropped big branches without warning (you can see the bent spikes on the fence where one of them hit it). But it was a magnificent […]
It’s so hot today that the horses wouldn’t be out — but I was. The day lilies are finished for the year, the Easter lilies have sounded their trumpets and are once more invisible amidst all the surrounding greenery; now other kinds of lilies take center stage: And we have abundant bee balm (see the […]
Barbara Rosen writes: I was disposing of the garbage when I overheard some kids screaming and talking about a bee. They were sitting on one of my border logs near the main entrance and the bees were in the bishop’s weed, which is in glorious bloom. I went over and hunkered down to their level. […]
Most of what’s happening is more of the same: bulbs are sticking their noses up everywhere. But there have been a few developments. The Italian arum, which has been green (yes, even under all that snow) all winter is putting up new leaves. The snowdrops are in bud! The sedum is ready to roll and […]
Hostas The seed stalks of the caladiums have ripened and will soon scatter. Everywhere a seed lands, a new bulb will grow. And as the weather turns cold the leaves that have been dormant all summer will unfold into green and silver arrowheads and be bright all winter. The goldenrods are living up to their […]