This past week the Tulip Festival in downtown Hendersonville began. Every one of the many brick planters are filled with early blooming tulips in all sorts of colors. The tulips last quite a while, and are inter-planted with smaller flowers to fill in the beds.
Small violets and little marigold-like flowers bloom between velvet red tulips.
From one end of Main street to the other, luscious color! Sorry about the garden hose in this shot, I was distracted by the lovely yellow tulips with deep pink violas and didn’t notice it.
Of course, a few of these got hidden in the planters. I’m running out of rocks to paint, so I need to get another bag when I go for some plants.
A bit farther down the street, even deeper yellow tulips fill a bed.
More red ones bloom in another planter.
I do love the white ones. A bouquet of tulips would be a perfect centerpiece for your upcoming holiday dinner.
In the kitchen garden, sadly the amaryllis is not showing any sign of having a flower yet. I think that in the past, by now it was putting up a tiny bud stalk. After looking back at its blooming in past years, it didn’t bloom the fifth year. This year would be the 9th as I got it in 2013. I wonder if it just needs a rest now and then. I did fertilize it last fall before it went dormant. I guess we will just have to wait a bit longer to see what it does. I may need to repot it again.
On the orchid, it seems to still be making very slow progress. I took this photo of it a month ago. It seemed like it had one flower progressing well, with the possibility of two more just beneath. The one farther down turned brown and shriveled up.
Here it is now. It is progressing, but painfully slow! The flower is gorgeous and I hope it continues to open fully. It is a phalaenopsis stuartiana.
Outside, it seems my Meyer Lemon has survived the winter, a surprise to me. As I have had precious little time to devote to the plants on the veranda, I haven’t paid any attention to the pots until the weather gave us a warm day to linger. I didn’t expect the lemon tree to still be viable since our winters are much longer and colder than its native tropical habitat. But here it is, leafing out for spring.
Then another surprise, a lovely pansy survived the winter in its pot, and is already blooming.
And yet one more, the parsley also made it through the winter, and promises much fresh flavor for summer meals.
So, I have a lot of clean up to do. The hydrangeas need deadheading, the irises need their beds raked out to expose the rhizomes again, and the pots in the Carolina room need to be moved to the veranda. Our last frost date is April 15th, so it should be safe to get started soon. What are you doing in your garden this week?