Sharing springtime flowers

Sharing springtime flowers

I just thought I'd like to share some pictures of our springtime garden. The day temperatures have been around +10 Celsius (~50 F) for the past week or so and it shows. The first crocus have wilted already, but on the other hand, the first tulips just started to bloom. Last week I rented a vegetable patch of 1 ½ acres and I'm looking forward to being able to start sowing and planting there. That is, I'm waiting for the ground to get dry enough so that the tractor won't sink axle-deep into mud and they can get the patches ready :-)

Look what they did to our poor apple tree! It's butchered! A couple of months ago I woke up and saw that the "gardeners" from the student housing foundation (our landlord) had "pruned" our apple tree along with all the other trees on the backyards of our apartment building. Mind you, the tree, and the gooseberry bushes, were planted by the foundation to create a sort of unified look for the backyards (some other buildings have plum trees and blackcurrants), but that's no justification to what they did. I complained, but of course it was too late. I'm no professional, but I've always followed this maxim when it comes to pruning: "when you get the jitters, then stop". The "gardeners" apparently went way past the jitters and when they realized it, simply thought some more pruning couldn't matter much anymore. Argh.

But anyway, there's our rose bush (Rosa pimpinellifolia 'Plena' for the interested) behind the tree, plus some crocus and scillas. And a parking lot. :-)


And here's a picture I took today, with the crocus a bit wilted already, but with more scillas in bloom. I simply adore the little blue buggers. They're low-maintenance, pretty and self-propagating - my kind of plants.

Here's a close-up of the crocus ('Prins Claus' variety) from last week. I planted them last fall and I'm quite happy with the way they turned out. On the right, a pretty pic of some Turkestan tulips (Tulipa turkestanica). They are the first tulips I planted when we moved here almost four years ago and they just keep getting better. I'm never been a big fan of traditional tulips and prefer the smaller, less pompous varieties. The bright green stuff is caraway, and then there are some weeds :-)
My first try at seed starting a mitigated disaster.

My first try at seed starting a mitigated disaster.

Apartment in a little town in Germany

Apartment in a little town in Germany

Just some pics

Just some pics

Mystery plants??

Mystery plants??

Just moved in.

Just moved in.

My son wishes for real spring too.

My son wishes for real spring too.