One of my absolute favourites in spring. The name I found in English is so much more beautiful than ours, it´s called "Yellow Star-of-Bethlehem". If I translate our name it is "Spring onion" :-) :-)
It´s already warmer today (11:27 am) than it has been so far this year. It´s 16C (61F) but it still doesn´t feel as nice as I wish it would. Perhaps it´s because the sun doesn´t manage to shine through the clouds. But I´ll stay outdoors as much as possible for this is for one day and one day only that it´ll be this warm. Already tomorrow the temperatures will drop again.
I´ve gone through Gardens Norths seedlists so now I know what seeds I ordered from them, but I still doesn´t know what is what :-) :-) But I did only sow two perennials that germinated last year, so those I can tell what they are. So today I planted a yellow larkspur ( Sulphur delphinium, Delphinium semibarbatum ) . It grows down in Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan as wild and it is not the hardiest of them all to be honest. But as long as it stands fairly dry during winter ( well most of the year to be honest, exept for spring) it will survive here too. After I´m finished with writing here I´ll go out and plant a couple of Monkshoods to. Monkshoods are very poisouness so if You handle the roots You should wash Your hands before doing anything else.
Now tick season starts here. I´ve already picked three from my dogs and one walking on my arm. Nasty little creatures those things. They have done a study on what use they are in nature and couldn´t really find any. Not even birds likes to eat them unless they are starving. I´ve tried them as food to my aquarium fishes and no one wanted it, they just sunk to the bottom! It seemes that the only thing they do is to spread diseases, perhaps that is a way for nature to keep down the animal population on this planet? So now it´s time to look throgh all dogs, cats and me before going to sleep every evening. I really don´t like those nasty little creatures!
Tomorrow it´s time to go to my doctor for a check up on my hip. I´m glad to tell You that almost all pain in my thigh after the sneezes is gone :-) But I will continue to use the crutch for some time more. Better to be safe than sorry. But now it´s time for a cup of tea and the to plant those monkshoods somewhere.
Have a great day now!
This is something You should avoid in Your gardens if You don´t like one plant to take over the whole garden. It is a "False spirea", Sorbaria sorbifolia. Beautiful in many ways, butterflies, bees and other insects loves it but it psreads fast and takes over everything if You don´t keep after it all the time. I managed to get rid of my plants, but still has it since my neighbour has it :-) Well, I can´t get a better neighbour so I´d rather fight with the spirea then forsing my neighbour to remove it :-)