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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Spring Garden - 2014 ed.

For a couple of years now, I've noticed a little patch of Columbine in the Hawksbill Cabin garden mixed in with the azaleas.  It was a compact little group, but last year I noticed a second colony.  And this year, I've noticed a third, which I finally took a photo of, since it is out in the open and away from the underbrush (where you can't see what might be hiding in there).

These are pretty little pale blue flowers that show up just after the azaleas fade.  You can just see a seed pod on this one, and Facebook friend Marty says that we can start new plants from these.  The Columbine is a self seeding annual...that means we'll have to put them where we want them and keep an eye on them to make sure they don't get out of hand.

Now, there is one other major treat happening at Hawksbill Cabin right now, plant wise:  the hostas have fully leafed out.  It's early enough that the deer have plenty to eat, so they haven't found them yet either.

Mary works on this patch of hostas every year, thinning them out.  We've given plants to neighbors Dan and Sally, and brought several back to Alexandria for the yard there.  The constant work keeps this little garden looking spectacular.

It probably won't be long before the flower spikes start showing up, and when they do, we'll have the buzz of hummingbirds as well as bees working them over.

That big show starts in June, so we'll be looking forward to it.

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