The Violet Fern

Creating Art & Gardens



We arrived home at 3 a.m. March 20 foregoing yet another night in a cheap motel room for a few hours more drive and our own bed. The heat was on as well as our new back porch lights (yay) to welcome us home. There is still quite a bit of snow (as you can see), but the sun is glorious today. I am working on getting the rest of my plants up from the cellar – post soon to follow.


Everything still works! The bird feeders are full again – I had to pick up a very foreign object (snow shovel) to try to pry my way into the shed to fill them – but the birds haven’t rediscovered my garden just yet. This is what I discovered – Crocus and Daffodils!



I checked the temperature of the greenhouse yesterday – yes, it’s still standing – 60°F! I will be planting up seeds this week. A big shout out and thank you to Sheri at the Unfettered Fox for sharing heirloom glass gem (beautiful) popcorn seed with me! The kids at Thousand Islands Park will be growing it this season. We are going to be growing our own healthy snacks this year.


Last year Donna at Garden’s Eye View shared “Save the Bees” seeds with me for the kids community garden at Thousand Islands Park and we learned all about pollinators. As you can see, they worked!



Now that I’m home, I can’t wait to get out in the garden – especially my own!



Bloom Day, May 2010

Here is what is blooming in my Northern NY garden this 15th of May.

Bleeding Heart
Geranium bud
Muscari Grape Hyacinth
(a little trampled from when we took down the tree)
Muscari – this is a mixed variety I ordered from Bluestone Perennials. 
I just love these little “puffs.”

Daffodil variety also from Bluestone. 
These have bloomed later than the traditional yellow.

This one is surrounded by a sea of forget-me-nots.
Wild strawberry?
Foam Flower
 Iris – these are a small/short variety from my mother.


An earlier blooming lily. 
This bud will be a deep, dark red when it opens.

Mt. Bluet – I love the buds almost as much as the blooms.

Mt. Bluet full bloom
Species tulip among creeping phlox.

These tulips are waving good bye.


Bloom Day, April 2010

Bloom day is celebrated on the 15th of each month and was originally hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

I started this forsythia from a cutting brought with me when I moved from Maine to the river. The variety is ‘Meadowlark’ and this is its third year. It is finally showing off.
It makes for a nice backdrop for this bed of daffodils. In another couple years I hope this fills in even more so.
This one reminds me of butter or eggs – maybe because I’m hungry and ready for breakfast.
These little daffodils have spread themselves around and surprised me alongside the potager this year.
This was also a nice surprise this morning … the first forget-me-nots have started to bloom. When all of them are blooming it is a sea of blue waves.
These wild violets are blooming like mad. They are everywhere and are a host plant for the fritillary butterfly caterpillar. I’ll have to be on the look out for the caterpillars and butterflies!
These muscari are just beginning to peek through. I planted these last fall. It’s exciting to have new, and more, blooms this spring!