Sweet Bean Gardening has come up with a great idea! Called Hope Grows Days, these are the rules:
Post a photo of something in your garden that you are looking forward to in the next month. It could be a plant you're hoping to see bloom, a project you're hoping to do, really anything that you are hopeful to see/do in your gardens. Next month (on the fifth), come back and show us:
1.) the results of what you were hoping for, and
2.) what you are looking forward to for the next month
Well, I am hopeful. There are buds on my crab apple. I'm hoping that soon they will open like this picture from last year:
I am also hoping my crossvine will bloom. It puts on a magnificent display when in bloom. Again, another picture from last year:
However, my biggest hope comes from the newest little bed I've planted.
This little area has given me lots of problems. Situated 1/2 in shade, 1/2 in full sun, I wanted not only a miracle plant, I wanted flowers! So, I came up with a plan: bulbs. All kinds of bulbs. Bulbs for the entire year. I planted as many bulbs as I could squeeze into this tiny space (actually, I probably planted more than would really fit). This is what the space looks like now. It is full of grape hyacinths (muscari), with just a couple of crocus bulbs starting to show up. It's a little messier than what I had envisioned, but the blue bulbs show up well, even though they are tiny.
Since this is my first year for this experiment, I am a bit curious which bulbs will come up next, and of course, very hopeful that this area will have more blooms next month!