At Long Last, Spring has Sprung!

Words & Images by Jay Wen

This year Spring has been a bit delayed. I am so glad I planted bulbs in the fall last year. It was so delightful to look outside on the gloomy days and see these cheerful tulips pop up, awaiting their time to bloom. And they finally did around Earth Day, right on time! 

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 For early winter blooms, you can count on these pretty hellebores. Purchase them grown already and plop them in the ground when the temperature is over freezing. 

For early winter blooms, you can count on these pretty hellebores. Purchase them grown already and plop them in the ground when the temperature is over freezing. 

 In early Spring, the ground is still mostly bare. 

In early Spring, the ground is still mostly bare. 

 In the perennial beds we try to keep beautiful year round and as low maintenance and as possible by choosing plants that stay green year-long and plants that come back every year. This includes various bulbs, azaleas, rhododendron, and more plants will come up throughout the season. 

In the perennial beds we try to keep beautiful year round and as low maintenance and as possible by choosing plants that stay green year-long and plants that come back every year. This includes various bulbs, azaleas, rhododendron, and more plants will come up throughout the season. 

 The view from the roof. This corner looks nice and neat from up there! We re-arranged the vertical planter (left) in February. Underneath you'll see the neatly lined square foot garden. I'm hoping to get maximum production in a small amount of space, if the slugs don't get to it first! 

The view from the roof. This corner looks nice and neat from up there! We re-arranged the vertical planter (left) in February. Underneath you'll see the neatly lined square foot garden. I'm hoping to get maximum production in a small amount of space, if the slugs don't get to it first! 

 Come June, we'll have rows of corn along the black fence. The apple tree (with 5 different varieties of apples!!) will start to flower and maybe we'll get lucky and get some apples.

Come June, we'll have rows of corn along the black fence. The apple tree (with 5 different varieties of apples!!) will start to flower and maybe we'll get lucky and get some apples.

 These columbines are so striking I had to get them to add some pop to the garden. 

These columbines are so striking I had to get them to add some pop to the garden. 

 The roses came out of dormancy in early April. The climbing rose in the back is really taking off. Looking forward to having cut roses in June.

The roses came out of dormancy in early April. The climbing rose in the back is really taking off. Looking forward to having cut roses in June.

 I planted the hyacinths in the ground last Spring after they bloomed (and forgot about them) but I'm happy to see them come back.

I planted the hyacinths in the ground last Spring after they bloomed (and forgot about them) but I'm happy to see them come back.

 This year I am taking over the rooftop space for a butterfly/pollinator/hummingbird garden. 

This year I am taking over the rooftop space for a butterfly/pollinator/hummingbird garden. 

 Started lots of herbs, vegetables and flowers. 

Started lots of herbs, vegetables and flowers. 

 The vertical garden from the roof. We have some Early Roma tomato plants waiting to be transplanted. 

The vertical garden from the roof. We have some Early Roma tomato plants waiting to be transplanted. 

 The Service Berry tree in the church behind our yard is in full bloom. Later in the year birds fill their bellies with the red berries it produces. 

The Service Berry tree in the church behind our yard is in full bloom. Later in the year birds fill their bellies with the red berries it produces. 

Curious to see what our garden looked like when we just started and how it's evolved through the years? Check Garden Year 1, and Garden Year 2.

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