We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Our Dicentra is beginning to bloom right now. Early, this year. The plants begin to bloom as soon as they are out of the ground. No plant shoots up as quickly, and it's almost too early to enjoy their brief period of glory. Not counting the early bulbs, Dicentra is our first bloomer.
By August, the plant will wither up into nothing. Early-bloomers do that.
More about Bleeding Hearts here. The wild, native woodland version is white.
Ours isn't up yet. We've still got just tulips, last of the funky exotic daffodils, grape hyacinths, peony shoots about 12 inches high, roses leafing out red, dayliliy shoots eight inches high, plum and nectarine trees blooming, apricot past bloom, cherry about to, apples a week or two away.
Planted lots of caladium bulbs last week in a shady bed for those heavenly leaves, squirrels dug up the lot, along with most of my lilies. Grrrr!
About to order some of the cheap roses (lose a couple every year in a yard that floods regularly) from Wayside today.
I have several small plantings of tulips. The same plants with the same blooms have been opening bright and beautiful every morning for the past 3 weeks! It must be the cold nights we are getting with the mild days. Dafs are all gone, primrose almost finished, Bleeding Hearts still here as usual ;-)
Here in the mid- hudson valley my bleeding heart is just 3 inches high- but it is on the north side of the house. Daffodils are just passing their peak Deer ate all the tulips, now they're working on the daylilies. Just appetizers for the real feast of my vegggie garden.