The weather was cool when we first returned from Africa in mid-April, but it was soon followed by a warm, dry spell in late April and early May. It threatened to become a drought. Typical of Vermont, plenty of rain fell in the nick of time. Spring in the gardens was off to a great start.

Sweet Woodruff, creeping phlox, and bleeding heart in terrace garden

Hillside garden filling in, perhaps with a waterfall next year

Flowering Almond - spindly at the old house, but flourishing here.

Dutch Elm replacement from guaranteed tree at old house


Blossoms on pear tree - wouldn't it be nice to have pears! 


It was difficult to mow next to the wall - so a new bed with hostas and daffodils

Asparagus is coming along nicely

Non-invasive Scarlet Honeysuckle for the humming birds

Can anyone identify this climbing wall cover?

Then came the great surprise!

When we came downstairs on May 25, Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, there was snow on the ground. Not a huge amount, over two inches, but enough to effect the gardens, we feared.

The old timers in Vermont warn not to plant before Memorial Day. Fortunately, our tomatoes, peppers and other frost-sensitive plants were still indoors.  We had three Heirlooms safely protected by a wall of water.

Most of the snow is melted

Concerned about the bleeding heart and gas plant, but they are fine

phlox is safe under the blanket

Snow can't hurt asparagus and garlic


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