Happy Mother’s Day

 

A Mother's Day daisy from the pasture

A Mother's Day daisy from the pasture

I have to begin this post by wishing my mother (and all the other mother’s out there) a special day that is some kind of recompense for the years of hard work that go with the job.  Nothing fully captures the special relationship involved in motherhood quite like the Billy Collins poem ‘The Lanyard” 

In a little over a week we will have my mother joining us here in Maryland to share our bounty of flowers.  As of the moment that includes the Gibraltar Exbury Azalea which always invokes startled appreciated, no matter how many times you might have seen that vivid orange.

Azalea exbuy hybrid 'Gibraltar'

Azalea exbuy hybrid 'Gibraltar'

Another special deciduous azalea that stands out right now is Visco Sepala.  Unfortunately, pretty as it is, it can only be fully appreciated if you get a whiff of it’s fragrance.  It would be sinful to walk by and not sample its charms several times a day.

Azalea 'Visco Sepala'

Azalea 'Visco Sepala'

The Euphorbia polychroma are flowering up a storm right now.

Euphorbia polychroma

Euphorbia polychroma

And that includes the Bonvire cultivar as well.

Euphorbia polychroma 'Bonfire'

Euphorbia polychroma 'Bonfire'

The sun has finally returned for us and I’m sure that before long we will be hoping for rain.  However I did till the garden yesterday to turn under the cover crop and it’s still too wet to put in the tomatos.  The vegetable seedlings are in good shape, having been removed from their basement imprisonment but I need to get them into the ground before we disappear to Boston next weekend…

Basement seedlings are all ready to go into the garden

Basement seedlings are all ready to go into the garden

This is also the time of year when we become Maryland’s center for buttercups.  They are exploding into bloom all around the yard and pasture.

Buttercups bloom abundantly in the pasture

Buttercups bloom abundantly in the pasture

Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus)

Buttercup (Ranunculus bulbosus)

Also in the pasture are some of the prettiest grains you could imagine.  I need to spend some serious time with my books on grasses and see if I can become more informed about which plants are making up these lovely displays.

Waving grasses in the pasture

Waving grasses in the pasture